SPENCER HOUSE AND GARDEN
Now into the autumn we are going indoors. This time round the very elegant eighteenth century Spencer House and as a bonus, the garden. Built for one of the late Princess of Wales's ancestors, the first Earl Spencer, the father of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire wife of the fifth Duke and mother of the sixth Duke. Recently portrayed by Keira Knightly on film. The first Earl Spencer was also the great grandson of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough.
The house is refinement and elegance in one residence. Currently rented to the Rothschild family through their business interests, the 4 th Baron Rothschild has generously restored the original furniture and fittings which had been removed over its lifetime.All the principal rooms, some of which had been subdivided, were painstakingly restored and their missing original features, including the chimneypieces, doors, chair rails, skirting mouldings and architraves, were carefully copied from the originals which had been removed by the Spencer family to Althorp in 1942, at the height of the Blitz. Titled families often rented out houses they have either inherited or brought to them through marriage that they do not have the time or inclination to visit.
Those members who choose to attend this event will not be disappointed.
July sees the Cripplegate Ward Club treading the boards behind the scenery of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in Southwark. A realised dream of the actor Sam Wanamaker who was the driving force behind the reconstruction of the sixteenth century original. Although not quite on the exact spot of the original building we are indebted to Sam Wanamaker for his vision and for persuading Southwark Council to sell their noisome refuse depot to him to build this third version of the Theatre. The first having been burnt down and the second demolished,the site turned into tenement posh flats for Puritans.
Built in 1599in Southwark, a liberty outside the jurisdiction of the London’s civic authorities,The Globe was owned by actors in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men who were shareholders and is reputed to be the first theatre to be built and owned by its own theatre company.
The Lord Chamberlain's Men, was a company of London's most famous actor, Richard Burbage at The Theatre. Their repertoire included plays by Robert Greene and especially Christopher Marlow, who became the theatre's main playwright. Timber from The Theatre, which had been built and owned by Richard Burbage's father, James Burbage, in Shoreditch in 1576 was used. Burbage originally had a 21-year lease of the site in Shoreditch on which The Theatre was built. However, the landlord, Giles Allen, refused to renew the lease and claimed that the building situated on it had become his with the expiry of the lease. On 28 December 1598, while Allen was celebrating Christmas at his country home, carpenter Peter Street, supported by the players and their friends, dismantled The Theatre beam by beam and transported it to Street's waterfront warehouse near Bridewell. With the onset of more favourable weather in the following spring, the material was ferried over the Thames and used in the construction of The Globe.
Investment came from some members of the company. William Shakespeare who began as an actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later known as the King’s Men) became a 12.5% shareholder in the Globe Theatre, paying £10 for his share.
Later a new company of actors, the Lord Admiral's Men, split off from the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The leading actor in this new company was Edward Alleyn but that is another story.
Following the controversy over the misuse of opioids, the educational and rehearsal studio complex, situated just around the corner from the main site and which is included in the tour may be known by another name by the time the Cripplegate Ward Club arrives there.
The tour is estimated to take upwards of one hour, after which participants will have a short stroll to the Boot and Flogger, where a private room has been set aside for a three-course lunch. The Boot and Flogger, 10-20 Redcross Way, Southwark, SE1 1TA. Do not be alarmed kind friends, a boot is a leather tankard or bottle and a flogger is a device for hammering a cork into a bottle. The Redcross possibly refers to St George.
THE ROYAL MEWS
This month the Master is taking us to the Royal Mews situated on Buckingham Palace Road behind Buckingham Palace. Those of you who watched the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will remember the magnificent horses which drew the carriages carrying members of the Royal family before and after Trooping the Colour. Also on display will be the iconic 260-year-old Gold State Coach, which featured spectacularly at Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee pageant the next day.
The Royal Mews is where by custom, a coach leaves from to collect new Ambassadors to the Court of St James from their Embassy and bring them to Buckingham Palace to present their credentials to the Queen or her representative.
The mews is a working and living space. Horses, carriages and many of the fleet of royal cars are here. Horses, grooms and chauffeursalso live here.
The tour will introduce the fascinating history of the Royal Mews and provides an insight into how the Mews operates today. Staff who live and work onsite will talk about the roles they play in the day-to-day activities of the Royal Household. You can also watch behind-the-scenes films about training the horses, caring for the royal cars and carriages and preparing for a State Occasion, as well as learn more about the history of the Mews and its residents.
This event begins at 11:30 am followed by lunch at the Stoke House Restaurant, just under 5 minutes away by foot.
The Becket Pageant for London
17 -18 June 2022 (11am to 4pm)
Inspired by the Guildsmen who staged the original pageant in 1519 which reached back in history to Thomas Becket whose origins were as the son of a City merchant, a programme of events and new resources known as Becket 2020 has been developed across the United Kingdom to commemorate the triple anniversary of Thomas Becket (900 years since his birth; 850 years since his death; 800 years since years since his body was moved from his tomb to a shrine in Canterbury Cathedral). This commemoration began with an exhibition (now closed) at the Museum of London in 2020.
The programme continues in Guildhall Yard EC2 which will be styled back to the original 16 th century pageant in an open air, Covid-secure environment, with entertainers of the period on 17-18 June 2022. A specially brewed Becket Beer will be available to sample and Livery Crafts will be on display.
Entrance will be free to the public.
Up to eighteen Livery Companies will showcase the important contribution of the guilds past and present to the success of the City, whilst providing practical demonstrations of their individual trades, including the evolution from old technologies to new.
There will be an opportunity to purchase hand crafted merchandise direct from the stall-holders.
Tickets for a new musical “London's Turbulent Son” , the centre piece of the Pageant, will be performed in Guildhall Yardon Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June 2022 are now on sale through the following link.
AT A GLANCE:
Brand new musical about the dramatic life and legend of Thomas Becket, performed by leading professionals, live band and members of the local community and schools, featuring a finale with a Giant Spirit of London puppet.
The Pageant will be officially opened by, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman VincentKeaveny, Patron. The event is supported by The City of London, The Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund, Cheapside BID and over thirty Livery Companies .
A chance to bring all the family and make a day of it!
London's Turbulent Son shows 12noon -2pm and 4-6pm Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June (with 20 min interval) Guildhall Yard EC2. https://www.becketpageantforlondon.com/about-7 Standard ticket £25, Premium ticket £35 concessions available. To encourage those members of livery companies who wish to come as a group, a 10% discount for bookings of 10or more standard tickets is offered.
The Court of Aldermen decided at their meeting on 30 March 2022 that Alderman would now retire at 75 years of age, in keeping with the retirement age for the Judiciary with whom the Aldermanic retirement age has always been aligned. As a result, there will be seven Aldermanic elections in 2022 in the wards of: Aldersgate; Bishopsgate; Bridge Within and Without; Cordwainer; Cornhill; Cripplegate and Walbrook. The first three elections will all take place on 26 May in the wards of Aldersgate, Cordwainer and Cornhill.
New Master for 2022-2023
John Sleeman BSc FCA ACIB is now Master for 2022-2023
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