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Tour of Trinity House 2019

Fifteen of us were given an excellent guided tour of Trinity House on 8 July. The Grade I Listed building is set back from the road in a privileged position on Tower Hill, directly overlooking the Tower of London and the Thames, and hard by a section of the Roman wall of London.

Despite many of its original treasures being destroyed during the Fire of London and then a good many more as a result of enemy bombing during the blitz, it’s still full of historic documents, sculptures, maps, paintings, ship models, lighthouse and navigational equipment and much else. Amongst many fascinating items we saw were some original tallow candles manufactured for use in Smeaton’s Eddystone Lighthouse and the menu for the luncheon served up in 1941 off the coast of Newfoundland on board HMS Prince of Wales to President Roosevelt, Churchill and others – with all their signatures appended – during the period in which the terms of the post-war Atlantic Charter were agreed.

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