The Apothecaries’ Hall
Black Friars Ln, London EC4V

Restoration of the coat of arms

Restoration of the coat of arms

The painted and gilded coat-of-arms above the door to the 17th century Apothecaries' Hall is believed to have come from the rear of one of the Society's Thames barges, taking apprentices down the river to the Chelsea Physic Garden. Its rhino and unicorn (now very badly damaged) are reflections of the 17th century belief in the prophylactic powers of horn. The coat-of-arms will be restored and repainted, with a HOLT grant.