Peter Murray
Chancery Lane
London Silver Vaults, 53-64 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QS, 25 may attend.

Monday, 25 September, 5:30 - 7:00

Join Victor Callister, Deputy Director of Architecture & Built Environment at the Design Council, on this walking tour of the Chancery Lane.

Dating from the 12th century when it was formed across the Knights Templars’ land, the area has a well-preserved and easily legible historic street network, and is noted for an exceptional span of building ages and styles, resulting in a townscape of arresting contrasts.

No one aesthetic defines Chancery Lane and its environs: institutional and commercial buildings alike are expressed in divergent styles, from the post-modern to the high Gothic, from the Beaux Arts to the Dutch Art-Deco. Into this unique character a number of well-considered modern buildings have been inserted, adding further architectural interest.

The walking tour will take in everything from typically Georgian mixed-use premises as reflected in Tooks Court, to monumental 19th century listed Victorian public buildings such as the Public Records Office, The Law Society and the London Patent Office.

There is an optional tour of The London Silver Vaults, a subterranean labyrinth of vaults housing the largest collection of antique silver for sale in the world!
The tour of the silver vaults will be from 5pm-5:30 at which point the tour of Chancery Lane will commence at 5:30.

Photo | ©Hufton+Crow

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