Members visit the Tower of London and Trinity House

14 February 2011

Branch members met in Liberty Bounds pub on 7 February for coffee and an introduction to this name and to the Tower by our Blue Badge guide Martin Olutniks.

We started by looking at the public execution site (34 beheadings) and Traitors Gate outside the Tower. Inside, after looking at the architecture over the centuries from William’s initial structures, the Crown Jewels and the White Tower with its armour and architecture kept us busy most of the time. The private execution site only had 10 beheadings, 2 were Henry’s wives! One morning is not enough to see it all.

The Beefeaters were dressed-up in their red and gold for the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday gun salute. Some members went outside to watch. Within a few minutes of finishing, the Beefeaters were dressed-down in their blue uniform.

After a pub lunch, we went to Trinity House, the Georgian building to the North of the Tower. From 18:30 Trinity House has looked after all the light houses, light ships, navigation buoys and pilots in UK waters. It is a private organisation and gets its income from ships using its services. Geoff Boyd, a blue badge guide, told us of the history of the organisation and the house. During the war it was fire-bombed and the reconstruction is excellent. We saw models of the various ships and light ships Trinity House uses. Our tour ended with tea.

We hope to go to their operational base, Trinity House and Buoy Yard, in Harwich in May.