Goldsmiths' Hall

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Goldsmiths' Hall is a Grade I building at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street in the City of London. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_0

It has served as an assay office and the headquarters of London's goldsmith guild, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the livery companies of the City of London. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_1

The Company has been based at this location since 1339, the present building being their third hall on the site. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_2

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Little is known about the first hall. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_3

It was rebuilt in 1407 by Drugo Barentyn, a goldsmith who served twice as Lord Mayor of London. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_4

The second hall was built circa 1634-36. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_5

In 1665, Samuel Pepys viewed the funeral of Sir Thomas Vyner from Goldsmiths' Hall. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_6

Pepys wore his best silk suit for the occasion, but the hall was so full of people that he left for Paternoster Square to order a new, ordinary silk suit. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_7

The hall was restored after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and eventually demolished in the late 1820s. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_8

The third and present hall was designed by Philip Hardwick, who commissioned sculptor Samuel Nixon (sculptor). Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_9

Marble statues by Samuel Nixon of children representing the Four Seasons stand on pedestals on the lower flight of the grand staircase, which The Gentleman's Magazine described as “a work of the highest merit ... such beautiful personifications.” The hall is entirely detached and occupies an entire block. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_10

Despite its great size, it is the second largest livery hall after the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers' Plaisterers Hall at One London Wall. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_11

The Illustrated London News declared “’The Goldsmiths’ is the most magnificent of all the Halls of the City of London.” Those present at the opening dinner in 1835 included the Duke of Wellington and Robert Peel. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_12

In 1941 a bomb exploded in its southwest corner, but the building largely survived and was restored after the Second World War. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_13

From time to time, the Master and Wardens provide for open days to visit Goldsmiths' Hall. Goldsmiths' Hall_sentence_14


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