We met at Henry VIII Gate for the Barts League Walking Tour led by an excellent Blue Badge Guide, Janet Liverseidge.
It was wonderful to be out and about once again with old colleagues, and the usual greeting was, “which Set were you in?” as we tried to place those familiar faces. The Barts Rose, in full bloom in the Square, was admired before setting off around the buildings of Barts and then out into Smithfield.
Janet proved to be a very well informed and enthusiastic guide who was able to bring the place alive; we were taken back in time and could imagine how the area had been in the days of both Shakespeare and Dickens.
A squally shower kept us under the gateway to St Bartholomew the Great where Peter Treharne Jones, as trustee of the Barts Restoration Fund, was able to update us on the planned renovation work.
The afternoon ended in the Great Hall with the opportunity to once again admire the Hogarth paintings. A very different view of the square, from the Trustees Office on the top floor, was admired while we sipped a welcome glass of ‘fizz’.
It was a most enjoyable day and thanks to Elaine Law for organising it so well. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to future trips, hopefully in 2022.