Events

A big thank you to Rosalind for her super talk and virtual walk around Smith Square and neighbouring streets, pointing out even the tiniest architectural details we might otherwise have missed.  A well researched description of history, buildings, personalities and activities of this unique area with a video slideshow of images and streetscapes.  Bringing the talk right up to date, Rosalind managed to include photographs taken recently by Thorney members of the filming for a new period TV drama called 'Estuary' set in 1890's, produced by See Saw Films.  Rosalind is a Member and Westminster Guide.  A recording will not be publicly available for this talk, but Rosalind's future virtual walks can be booked here:  https://www.wideeyedlondon.com

 

 

Historian and author, Elizabeth explored the story of Westminster before 1512, using the three remaining buildings which have survived fire, bombs and floods.  She described how, all at the same time, it was the King's most important palace, the home of royal administration and justice, and the meeting-place of Parliament.

During her talk, Elizabeth mentioned the visualisation project of St Stephen's Chapel that she worked on with the University of York.  Please find these extraordinary and beautiful images here:  https://virtualststephens.org.uk

Her book St Stephen's College, Westminster 1348-1548: A Royal Chapel and English Kingship (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2020) is now available in hardback and ebook format   CLICK HERE   Members should contact us for a 40% discount code.

A recording of the talk will be available 3 months after the live event on our YouTube channel.


 

 

Member John Turpin, who attends St Stephen's, described how it was built in the mid-19th century to reclaim and improve the Devil's Acre, the Baroness Burdett-Coutts connection and later developments to the church.  A fascinating talk adapted from a postponed in-person visit.  A recording will be available on our You Tube channel 3 months after the event. 

 

 

Master Upholsterer and Member, Ian Block, shared with us via Zoom, the history of this fine and rare Angel Bed.  Its travels to America to be exhibited in Ford Motor Company Museum, then its journey back to England and its restoration by Ian and his team at A.T. Cronin.  A recording will be available here 3 months after the live talk.  Many thanks to Ian for this wonderful story.

 

Julie is extremely qualified to set her Westminster thriller in the Palace of Westminster and Whitehall having worked in a number of Government Departments.  A self confessed history geek, Julie clearly enjoyed the research she carried out to enable accurate historic references to the banks of the River Tyburn, the plague pits, sewers and more (Reading List below).  During this very enjoyable talk, Julie discussed how the layers of history and the unique legal position of the Palace of Westminster inspired her book. 

Julie also created a self-guided walk to accompany the novel, starting at Bond Street Underground Station and concluding at the Thames on Millbank.

DO YOUR OWN 'PLAGUE' WALK: CLICK HERE

TO PURCHASE THE BOOK: CLICK HERE

JULIE'S BIBLIOGRAPHY / READING LIST FOR 'PLAGUE': CLICK HERE