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 St. Florian’s Installation Banquet BUTCHERS’ HALL,
87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB Friday 18th November 2022 Reception 18:00 Dinner 18:30 Carriages 21:00
The Worshipful Company of Butchers’ is one of the oldest of the Livery Companies and can trace their roots back to 975 AD and is ranked 24th in order of precedence. The Worshipful Company of Butchers has had more than its fair share of ill fortune with five of its seven Halls having burned down, including one that perished during the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The fourth Hall, in Pudding Lane, was subject to a compulsory purchase order in 1883 when it was demolished to make way for The Metropolitan District Line, the second underground railway in
the world to be built (the first being the Metropolitan Railway between Paddington and Farringdon Street).
The Hall in Bartholomew Close suffered considerable damage from a large bomb dropped from a Zeppelin in 1915 and again when a V1 rocket landed in the courtyard in July 1944.
The current Hall was opened by the Bishop of London in 1960 after a service at St Bartholomew the Great. Building work then took about a year with funding for much of the furnishings and equipment coming in the form of donations from members of the Company and by companies and organisations involved in the meat industry at home and abroad.
The new Butchers’ Hall re-opened in September 2019 after a major multi-million pound refurbishment and retains many of its features, finely balancing the traditions of a Livery Hall with first-class, modern facilities.
Please contact the Clerk for further information and registration.
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