Bridge Ward Club
President Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow
Bridge Ward annual City walk and visit to City Police museum -
Last Thursday (17 August). Club colleagues and I were fortunate enough to enjoy what has become an annual event. We were privileged to be guided by our Common Councilman, Keith Bottomley and Peter Twist, City guide and Committee member, as well as Tina Baxter, City guide and Club member who also added her flair to the walk.
Starting at one of the key symbols of our ward – the Monument – we strolled in the summer sunshine through the Ward and were captivated historical tales and a trip back in time from Peter as well as an additional overview of things to come from Keith. Yet again I realised how much I don’t know about some of our most iconic buildings past and present and their significance to City life (from churches to City residences and sites of historical significance I learn something new on every walk!). I realised that our walk ended with a tour of the City Police Museum at Guildhall where we were hosted by Simon Stephenson (himself a retired member of the Metropolitan Police Force). Simon also provided a fascinating insight to policing over the last two centuries and current day policing in the City.
Our final destination was to take tea at Millie’s in the newly opened NED Hotel – how fitting to end our day at yet another historical building. You may be aware that the building was the headquarters for the former Midland Bank and was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens (hence the name NED). It is now a showcase hotel housing fabulous bars and restaurants and the afternoon tea is certainly well worth the visit.
I have included a photo of said tea – unfortunately I forgot to take others during the walk ( I was too enthralled by all I was learning), but it perhaps gives you a little idea of what you can expect if you choose to visit.
All in all, yet another fabulous day. Heartfelt thanks to Peter and Keith for all their efforts in planning and executing a very successful walk and to Tina for adding additional stories and historical facts. I’m already looking forward to next year!