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A wonderful (if slightly wet) visit to Pimp Hall Dovecote in Chingford to see the magnificent restoration work a major repair to the structure at both levels, new shutters, stairs, etc. Its a fabulous Waltham Forest gem in a picturesque nature reserve, soon to be fully open to the public. HOLT supported the restoration of the glover.

A fantastic celebration at St Marys, Bow, to mark its exquisitely restored clock tower: with new timber & copper casing, repointed brick and a gilded dial. Over a hundred people came together for a clock tower cake, East End songs, speeches from the Rector and John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets. There was even a Pearly Pup!

This project was generously supported by Delancey who joined us to visit the project as it happened.

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 Londons docks, public buildings converted for Londons many faiths, international styles of architecture and the experiences of Londons 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!

An exhilarating scaffold visit to St Marys Church, Bow, to see the progress of the work on the tower, including the beautiful new timber casing for the clock. This project has been generously supported by Delancey.

We were delighted to visit the Wood Green cattle trough and fountain yesterday – a HOLT restoration project with Haringey Council and Historic England. Here is London Stone Conservation explaining the fitting of the new boar’s head.

Our first schools visit was a great success! We had a wonderful afternoon with Year 5 of Pilgrims Way Primary School in Peckham, talking about WWII bombing in London and our stained glass restoration projects. Helped by the kaleidoscope glories of our video Capturing Londons Light and some jigsaw puzzles!

This week we enjoyed the magnificent Topping Out ceremony at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in New Cross. A HOLT grant has helped to restore the Victorian cast iron water tanks and repurpose them to become part of stunning new galleries, opening in September 2018.