​Paviors and their guests gathered in the courtyard of Apothecaries’ Hall in the City of London on Midsummer’s evening to enjoy their Master’s Summer Event. The theme of the event was ‘Craftsmanship’, and this was reflected in a number of activities that took place during the evening.

On arriving, guests were able to enjoy some liquid refreshment to rehydrate themselves on what had turned out to be the hottest June day since 1976. A number of craftsmen were at work in the courtyard demonstrating their skills, and guests were able to observe and discuss the different crafts with the individual artisans. These included a blacksmith who fabricated a wrought-iron horse’s head during the evening, a wood-worker who was demonstrating the making and use of dove-tail joints, a stonemason who was carving some lettering into a slab of slate, and a pole-turner making spindles on a fascinating ‘rustic’ foot-powered lathe.

Guided walks were then enjoyed with City of London Guide, Tina, to see examples of craftsmanship in nearby locations. These included both ceramic-tile and mosaic murals in areas perhaps visited infrequently by the general public. Other stone-carved murals were seen close to Stationers’ and Cutlers’ Halls in Warwick Lane, prior to seeing the fascinating stainless-steel decorated vents and carving of the shepherd and sheep in Paternoster Square. The large cast ‘Nail’, sloping at five-degrees, was observed and described close to the junction of New Change and Cheapside. Finally, the magnificent exterior stone carvings of St Paul’s Cathedral were seen and described. Guests were reminded of the importance of ‘looking up’ when walking around the City of London so as not to miss many of its most interesting features.

On return to Apothecaries’ Courtyard, guests enjoyed a splendid and varied barbecue that had been prepared by the catering staff of the Apothecaries Company, and drinks including craft beers brewed locally to the City. There was also the opportunity to view the magnificent oak staircase, paintings and interior of the Apothecaries’ Hall, the only livery hall to have survived the Great Fire of London. The remainder of the beautiful summer’s evening was spent mingling and, again, talking to the artisans displaying their craftsmanship. The evening was the initiative of the Master, Miles Ashley, and proved to be a slightly different view of activities within the City, and a most enjoyable event.

The Paviors’ Photographic Archive contains some Images taken at the Event. They can be seen by clicking here