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We had a great day bringing pupils from two local schools to see the Wren Spire project in Forest Hill… We talked about the Great Fire, the remarkable Sir Christopher Wren & his rebuilding of London and St Antholin’s church in the City. The children learnt about their local philanthropist and printing pioneer Robert Harrild who rescued St Antholin’s spire after it was damaged in a storm in 1829 and brought it to his garden in Sydenham. And they talked to the stonemasons, London Stone Conservation, about their work.

The Aldgate Pump has just received its handmade iron lantern, replacing the original lost 100 years ago! The lantern features a low-emission light bulb designed to project the same glow as the gas flame that powered the original.


We braved the hottest day of the year so far to climb St Leonard’s Church overlooking busy Shoreditch. We stood face to (clock) face to inspect the beautifully gilded Roman numerals with Melvyn Lee, Director of Thwaites & Reed. The clock’s 18th century mechanism had long stopped working and become a pigeon nesting site – the project will be securing it for the future.



The 18th century Aldgate Pump, at the corner of Leadenhall & Fenchurch Street in the City, is being restored this summer… Work includes commissioning a handmade iron lantern, 1.5 m high, a replica of the original lost from its top some time between 1900 and 1907. The new lantern will light this celebrated corner of the City every night of the year. The London Stone Conservation team will be on site until late August.

For more information on the Pump see here.

Our 2019 Annual Conference ‘London’s Anatomy: Victorian Buildings from Top to Toe’, took a fresh look at London’s Victorian buildings. From brick to terracotta to the glass of Crystal Palace and the lettering across London’s buildings and monuments, delegates were delighted by experts across the board. John Pelton spoke about one of London’s most ambitious restoration projects, future-proofing the Palace of Westminster, and Benny O’Looney about working together to get conservation projects off the ground. Our director took us through HOLT’s range of projects and project partners.

Between talks delegates were able to see Victorian craft first hand thanks to Chapel Studio, James Hoyle & Son, and Bulmer Brick & Tile who all exhibited on the day!

Thank you to everyone who attended, delivered talks and to Native Land for sponsoring us – we hope to see you all next year!

This morning we gathered on Paddington Green to celebrate our completed restoration of Sarah Siddons. Our Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester joined us to unveil the statue in front of a group of our trustees and supporters, Cllr Tim Mitchell, Deputy Leader of Westminster Council, and the team at London Stone Conservation who had worked on the statue over the last months. We even had a direct descendant with us, Peter Siddons!

The Duke pulled back the cloth to reveal the beautiful craftsmanship by London Stone. The once destroyed face is now completely repaired – her previous state can be seen here. Missing parts of the statue are restored, her plinth repaired, and she watches out over Paddington once more!

We were pleased to invite Paddington Academy GSCE English pupils to the Sarah Siddons statue to learn about the most famous of all Lady Macbeths! The pupils had a lively discussion about the play, Sarah Siddons and her impact on 18th century society and talked to the London Stone Conservation team putting finishing touches to the statue…

We were delighted to take our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, to visit three Heritage of London Trust projects in west London. First stop was the handsome 18th century Cranford Stables, in Hillingdon, part of an exciting new project to regenerate the site of the Berkeley earls’ house in Cranford Park. Second stop was Cranford’s Village Lock Up, a rare surviving example of a village ‘lock up’ or prison cell, restored in late 2017. An article about the project can be found here. Our third and final visit was to Boston Manor House where we were met by Mayor of Hounslow, Tony Louki, and Hounslow Council. Our Patron inspected the classical wallpaper soon to be restored with a HOLT grant, and the fantastic interior of this Jacobean manor house: reopening in 2020! The morning finished with a delicious riverside lunch in Chiswick.