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Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Carpenters Hall


It's open house weekend, the three days once a year we get an opportunity to see inside many buildings generally closed to the public.  Yesterday I went to the building of the "Worshipful Company of Carpenters".  The earliest records of the Master Carpenters dates back to 1271 and the first official hall was built in 1429.


These panels featuring the Company's coat of arms is believed to have survived and come from the entrance of the first hall.


In 1941 a bomb fell on London Wall, igniting a gas main and set fire to the building.  Fortunately most of the treasures inside were saved.  However it was not until 1956 that it was rebuilt.

Taking 4 years to build the new hall was designed to be a showcase for its members skills and also features beautiful timbers from around the world.

7 comments:

Adullamite said...

Another good tour!

jabblog said...

It looks very grand. I like the panels with the coat of arms.

biebkriebels said...

Nice, I like those open monument days. We had them too last weekend. The hall looks beautiful restored.

John said...

Gorgeous wood-panelling in the top shot, and I bet the table is worth a fortune.

Sharon said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Jack said...

These are fun scenes to see.

Mandy Southgate said...

Fabulous! One of these days I'll get my act together and get out on Open House Weekend. Last year, I had an overseas visitor but this year I was recovering from Italy!

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