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Monthly Archives: June 2018

A great day in the sunshine today as we saw the return of the freshly gilded weathervane to the top of the Altazimuth Pavilion. The weathervane dates from 1901 and is based on the depiction of Halleys Comet in the Bayeux tapestry (Sir Edmund Halley, Astronomer Royal, predicted the return of the comet in 1758). HOLT also supported restoration of the sunburst lanterns around the Pavilion.

The Pavilion has now reopened as a working observatory for the first time in 60 years!

Our Annual Conference at the Society of Antiquaries on 15 June had a great turnout from all the boroughs. We were thrilled to have our Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester headlining the day. Talks ranged from the Roman Mithraeum to London’s docks, public buildings converted for London’s many faiths, international styles of architecture and the experiences of London’s immigrants over centuries, interwoven with the fabric of the city. Thanks to our sponsors Brookfield for their support and everyone who joined us on the day.

For more information on our speakers or the day’s talks please contact Ian Chaddock on ian.chaddock@heritageoflondon.org

A quick drop in visit to see progress at Barnets Physic Well this project launched last May with a visit from our Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The rotten timbers have been replaced, leaking roof restored and new leaded windows are now waiting for installation. The project continues over the summer, and will include the cleaning of the vault leading down to the ancient spring, as well as new interpretation.

If you are local to Barnet and would like to join a Physic Well supporters group, please contact oliver.taylor@heritageoflondon.org

We visited Gunnersbury Park for a fabulous tea and to see the terrace arch and plaques restored with a HOLT grant – these commemorate the opening of the park to the public in 1926. The Orangery and museum looked fantastic as well. Definitely worth a summer visit!