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Another trip to the City of London and a visit to the BANK OF ENGLAND 
MUSEUM (anything to do money and gold bars is an attraction!). The 
museum is in the reconstructed interior of Sir John Soane’s original 
banking hall demolished in the 1920’s when the bank was rebuilt and
 much enlarged (1923 – 1939) by Herbert Baker withinSoane’s original 
walls.

Took additional photos of the exterior of the BoE including the elevation 
with the ‘Lothbury Ladies’. Also took photos of the Nat West building 
(1929-32) by Sir Edwin Cooper (former  NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK)) 
opposite the Bank of England and of the MIDLAND BANK building 
(1924-39) by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a large and by the looks of it, empty 
building. See pics on FotoLIBRA http://www.fotolibra.com/

A quick look at a couple of churches in the area including one of my 
favourite churches byNicholas Hawksmoor  St MARY WOOLNOTH 
(1716-27) with ‘the most original church exterior in the City of London’ 
and probably elsewhere with heavy rustication to the front elevation.

Unusual square plan interior with four groups of three big Corinthian 
angle columns supporting  above a clerestory with large semicircular 
windows. When Bank underground station was being built the church 
was under threat of demolition but was saved by the crypt being 
removed (along with bodies) and the church supported on steel girders.

Portsmouth PhotoWalk
A very wet and windy Portsmouth City Centre – too wet for a PhotoWalk so postponed to a future date, with the same itinerary starting at the Guildhall.
Although the rain imparted a certain atmosphere to the townscape it was not good for photography with even the best Portland stone faced building looking decidedly grey. Even the Guildhall, viewed through the window of Wetherspoons I K Brunel, lacked any attraction to the eye of a photographer.
Interesting to recall that the Guildhall was completely gutted during WW11 and a lot of it was rebuilt in the 1955-59 but minus some of the original features, the interior a now very period 1950’s.
The more I look around Portsmouth the more I find of interest and knowing that a substantial part of the city was destroyed or damaged during the war makes looking round that much more enlightening.
After abandoning the PhotoWalk I had a look around old Portsmouth and the area near to the Cathedral to see if there is the potential for holding a PhotoWalk there in the future, but it was so wet that it proved difficult to make a judgement.
Finally, the highlight of the day, a visit to the church of St AGATHA  ‘a grand Italianate basilica of 1894 enriched with marble, granite and carved stone. The apse contains Britain's largest sgraffito mural, by Heywood Sumner c1901’.   It is planned to end the next PhotoWalk at St Agatha’s and I am currently in conversation with them to arrange this. Well worth a visit and look around this hidden gem of Portsmouth. 






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