London, Part Nine: Addenda

As the world slowly starts to learn to live with the Covid 19 virus, the UK is opening up again. The #ECWtravelogue visited the 'smoke' to tick off a few things that had been overlooked, or weren't on view when original entries were written. Actually, quite a few of the places to visit in this addenda, aren't actually there anymore. Sites are recorded with a plaque.

The National Gallery has already graced these pages, so why does it feature again?

Van Dyck's stunning equestrian portrait of Charles I has undergone a lengthy restoration and is now on display in room 21.

The Soanes Museum is one of London's 'off-the-beaten-track' museums. They have in their collection the Naseby jewel, which is believed to have belonged to Charles I, who lost the jewel as he was spirited away to safety from the battlefield.

Rarely on display sadly, more details and picture here. Whilst waiting for the museum to open, take a stroll down the path that runs through Lincoln's Inn Fields park adjacent to the road in front of the museum: can you find an amusing park bench dedication/memorial plaque? And before you start wondering if I have given away the secret location of the bench dedicated to someone who hated the park, that's further north, and west a bit.

Just around the corner from The Soanes is Chancery Lane, where John Thurloe lived at 24 Old Buildings, the back of which backs onto Chancery Lane (opposite Cursitor Street).

Thurloe is buried in the crypt of Lincoln's Inn Chapel.

The Savoy is hardly where you'd expect a memorial to Oliver Cromwell (and Charles II). This was the site of the Savoy Palace. Located on Savoy Court are a number of plaques, the plaque closest to the entrance of the hotel is where the Westminster Confession of Faith was modified by the Savoy Declaration. In case you are wondering what all that means - Parliament effectively drew up a list of acceptable religious texts and practices (earlier versions facilitated the Scots Solemn League and Covenant army to side with Parliament, later versions led them change allegiance).

Next up is something that isn't there... All Hallows the Great Church. Which sounds surprisingly like a location used in the Harry Potter franchise. This was one of the main meeting places for the Fifth Monarchists. Located on the corner of Upper Thames Street and Allhallows Lane the original thirteenth century church was destroyed in the Great Fire. Rebuilt by Wren only to be demolished by the Victorians to widen Upper Thames Street. A stone plaque used to mark the spot (on Allhallows Lane), but this appears to have been covered up by a large logo board for the gym whose wall it is on.

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Located at the pedestrian entrance to Hampton Court is a plaque on the site of the Toy Inn. Reputedly built for 'Oliver Cromwell's Troops' and where Pope wrote the Rape of The Lock.

Finally, somewhere I haven't actually visited (I road test all ECWtravelogue entries to ensure that entries are accurate): it is pretty much top of my 'to visit' list. The Armourers' Hall, home of the Armourers & Brasiers' Company. As they have been the guild of armourers in the City of London since 1322 their collection is, needless to say, pretty impressive. Alas, not open to the general public. They do allow private tours for groups of twenty or more (ninety minute guided tours, with refreshments at the end). So if anyone is struggling to find the twentieth person to make up a group, please drop me an email.  

Postcodes for SatNavs/mapping Apps, and Tube Station/Railway Station
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN, Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Soanes Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP, Holborn or Chancery Lane
Chancery Lane, WC2A 1JA, Holborn or Chancery Lane
Lincoln's Inn Chapel, WC2A 3TL, Holborn or Chancery Lane
Savoy Palace, Savoy Court WC2R 0ET, Charing Cross
Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UL, Cannon Street
(site of) The Toy Inn, Hampton Court, East Molesey KT8 9BN Hampton Court 
Armourers' Hall, Coleman Street, EC2R 5BJ  Moorgate

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  1. I love that portrait of Charles; when I get around to painting my figure of him he will definitely be riding a dun.

  2. Never heard of the Toy Inn before. Not a million miles away from me, so I might stroll over to the plaque one day.

    1. ...and I must get around to visiting Hampton Court Palace itself again.

  3. More great place to visit - thanks for the ongoing Travelogue 👍

    1. You are welcome. My lists of places to visit grow ever longer, and there are some counties I haven't even thought about yet!


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