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First Reading

Terry F  •  Link

Ironmongers' Hall
On the north side of Fenchurch Street at 1171/2 (P.O. Directory). In Aldgate Ward, east of Fishmonger Alley.
First mention : S. 141, 148.
Site acquired 1457. Rebuilt 1587.
The old Hall, an Elizabethan building on the present site, escaped the Fire and was used for service in 1673 by the parishioners of All Hallows, Staining (Povah, 308-10).
The Turkey Company held their meetings here (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 164).
Scorched by the Fire 1666, but not burnt down.
Hall rebuilt 1748-52 (ib. ed. 1755, I. 485). Archt., Thos. Holden.

From: 'Ironmongers' Hall', A Dictionary of London (1918). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/…. Date accessed: 26 November 2005.

Ironmongers' Hall, Fenchurch Street
Drawn by Tho. H. Shepherd. Engraved by J. C. Armytage. Jones & Co. Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, (n.d. 1757?) London.

Ironmongers' Hall

"The relationship between the Ironmongers' Company and the iron industry was greatly affected by the sudden concentration of the smelting and founding of iron in the Midlands and north of Britain, where there were abundant supplies of iron ore and coal, so that the activities of the Company in London were reduced to the administration of charities, participation in the affairs of the City, and its own domestic affairs. In 1457 the Company bought buildings in Fenchurch Street and converted them into a Hall, which was later enlarged. It was rebuilt in 1587 and escaped the Great Fire of 1666. A third Hall was built in 1745 on the same site. In the First World War, on 7th July 1917, during a raid by about twenty German aeroplanes, it was damaged by a bomb. After the war, the site was sold and the building demolished. The land in Shaftesbury Place, Aldersgate Street, on which the present Hall stands, was bought in 1922 and the Hall was opened on 17th June 1925." http://www.ironhall.co.uk/company…

Terry F  •  Link

Ironmonger's Hall as a venue today
Photographic images of the several lovely rooms in the Hall as and where it is now; in the Diary days it was also well-appointed and more centrally located.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Ironmongers' Hall, on the north side of Fenchurch Street, was much used in the seventeenth century for grand funerals and funeral banquets. The present hall was built in 1748.
---Wheatley, 1899.

Bill  •  Link

Evelyn was at one of the banquets for which Ironmongers' Hall always has been and still is famous.

September 21, 1671.—I dined in the City at the fraternity feast in Yronmongers' Hall, where the four stewards chose their successors for the next year, with a solemn procession, garlands about their heads and musiq playing before them, so coming up to the upper tables where the gentlemen sate, they drank to the new stewards, and so we parted.—Evelyn.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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