WCIT walk: Thames Path
Diane Burstein was her usual knowledgeable self on our latest WCIT City Walk, which took place on the evening of Tuesday 21 May, a beautifully sunny evening, attended by 13 WCIT members and their guests.
We met at Blackfriars Station and proceeded along Queen Victoria Street to the BT Bucklersbury Offices, where she showed us a sculpture, depicting Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, commissioned by the Post Office Telecommunications and unveiled by Lord Miles of Blackfriars in 1980.
We continued along the river path, past the Little Ship Club, the City Corporation’s waste disposal plant, viewing the Millennium Bridge and the Scientific Instrument Makers’ Millennium sculpture, the Vintners’ and the Fishmongers’ Halls and the Queenhithe Mosaic, completed in 2014 using shards collected around the area, as well as matter from the mud of the river. We walked along a newly opened tunnel under London Bridge, donated by the Vintners’ and Fruiterers’ Companies and saw the tiles depicting scenes of London over the centuries, as well as the various drawings for the Bridge. Billingsgate market has moved from the centre of London, and the building is now being used as a conference and event venue.
Across the river we saw the reconstructed Globe Theatre, Tate Modern in what was a power station, the replica of the Golden Hind and HMS Belfast, as well as other prominent buildings.
We finished at Tower Green where we saw plaques commemorating the more than 185 people executed for their faith, country or ideals, including Richard Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick, Thomas More and John Fisher, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Wyatt and several Earls and Dukes, between the 14th and 16th Centuries.