Author and historian Carol Harris led a small group of liverymen and friends on a history walking tour in Bloomsbury. The talk focused on the history of the Foundling Hospital and the development of 56 acres of unwanted farmland into one of the most desirable parts of Georgian London. We heard about Thomas Coram and famous architects, surveyors and builders, including Cockerell, Burton and Nash and how the Georgians (including FH governors) created Bloomsbury.
Later the Foundling Hospital left London then came back and is now known as Coram (it remains Britain’s oldest children’s charity).
We walked down the first pedestrian retail street in London (Woburn Street) and finished the evening at a local wine bar for well earned drinks and nibbles. A big thank you to Helen Pickstock for organising a really fun evening.