October 2018 saw Old Felicians enjoying two visits to the City of London.
The first was arranged by Deborah Evans-Stickland (Evans, Bronte 1961-71) where Murray Craig, a City of London Guide and Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall, gave an interesting and informative account of the function of the Guildhall and surrounding buildings. The group also visited the Guildhall Art Gallery and saw the foundations of the Roman Amphitheatre, which lie below it, and were only discovered when the current building was erected in 1988.
Three days later OFs met outside St. Paul’s Cathedral and June Addison (Clough 1958-65), a qualified City of London Guide, showed them hidden corners, gardens, memorials and buildings which they would never have discovered without her expert guidance. Following this she arranged a visit to view the foundations of the Roman Temple of Mithras which was found during building excavations in 1954 and now lie under Bloomberg’s new European headquarters. Just a few steps away is Mansion House and the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman (Kemball, Clough 1974-84), invited the group to visit her official home in the City to meet her husband, the current Lord Mayor, and view the Harold Samuel art collection which is displayed in this magnificent building.
Thanks go to Deborah for the Guildhall visit, June for the City tours and Samantha for her wonderful hospitality at the Mansion House.
In true Old Felician tradition, nearby hostelries provided suitable refreshments after both these memorable occasions.