The Heraldry of the Livery Companies of the City of London Book Launch
Our Livery, together with Past Master Mark Gower-Smith, was a subscriber to Richard Goddard's scholarly book entitled "The Heraldry of the Livery Companies of the City of London since 1954". The work is subtitled as "Being a SUPPLEMENT to the Armorial Bearings of the Guilds of London". The book is of interest to anyone who wishes to delve into the traditions and pageantry of the City and, in particular, the coat of arms of their own livery company. The reception gave me the opportunity to visit another Livery Hall. Tucked down St Mary at Hill, Watermen's Hall would be easy to miss and that would be shame. The Hall is generously endowed with many artefacts, including a splendid model of a man of war, thought to be the subject of Turner's "The Fighting Temeraire". Richard Goddard was happy to chat about his work and signed our copy. Over refreshments, there was an opportunity to chat to others. The success of the previous day's Beerfest seemed to weigh upon the minds of some.