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THE UNITED WARDS’ CLUB

OF THE CITY OF LONDON


On 19 March 1513 a guild of mariners, troubled by the inexperience and poor conduct of unregulated pilots on the Thames endangering life and cargo, petitioned the King for license to set up a fraternity enabled to regulate pilotage on the capital’s river, and on 20 May 1514, a Royal Charter was presented to The Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the Most Glorious and Undivided Trinity and of Saint Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent, the Corporation’s full name to this day; Sir Thomas Spert, Master of the Mary Rose and the Henri Grace a Dieu, became the first Master.

Today their headquarters are the building in Trinity Square which many members will have visited for formal functions – the United Wards’ Club held its Founders’ Day Dinner there in 2013 and again in 2015 – but this tour will explain the history and present day operations of Trinity House, as well as seeing the many treasures of silver and art.

Prior to the afternoon tour we have arranged lunch at Brasserie Blanc in Trinity Square. A menu will be sent to those booking so that choices can be pre-ordered.

Lunch will be at 12:30 to allow time for a leisurely lunch before the short stroll to Trinity House, where our guide will meet us at 3:00, and the tour is expected to end at about 4:30 with tea and coffee. The cost, including the tour and lunch with wine is £70 per person. There is a limit of 30 for this outing, so please book promptly and no later than Thursday 21 September 2017 - you may book online or download a form to complete and post.

THIS VISIT IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED

TRINITY HOUSE

Monday 2 October 2017