Livery Dinner - The Charterhouse
Guest Speaker: Murray D Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court
It is my pleasure to invite our Liverymen to our annual livery dinner, taking place this year in the Charterhouse. I have decided that rather than combine a Common Hall with the dinner we should focus solely on dinner in a more relaxed atmosphere.
The Charterhouse is a fascinating collection of historic buildings. It began as a Carthusian priory, founded in 1371 and dissolved in 1537. In 1558, Queen Elizabeth I used the Charterhouse during the preparations for her coronation, and held Court in the Great Chamber where we will be holding our Livery Dinner. In 1611 it became an almshouse and school, endowed by Thomas Sutton. The almshouse (a home for gentlemen pensioners) still occupies the site today under the name of The Charterhouse. The school moved out in 1872 to Godalming, Surrey, where it survives as Charterhouse School.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5.30pm - Guided tour of the Charterhouse. Please indicate on the reply slip if you wish to join this.
6.15pm – A short talk by our Speaker
6.45pm – Reception
7.30pm – Dinner in the Great Chamber
10:30pm - Carriages
Murray D Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court
Our speaker is Murray Craig. As Clerk for the Chamberlain’s court of the City of London he plays a key role in the administration of the Corporation’s ceremonial and business life. In particular, he conducts the ceremony of admission to the Freedom of the City of London and will be known to many of you through your own admission ceremony. He is one of the City’s foremost experts on all aspects of the Corporation and the City Livery Companies. In view of the coming Sheriffs’ Elections later in June (which for the first time in some years will be contested) I have asked Murray to tell us something about contested elections of the past and their effect on City matters.