The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
Armourers and Braziers hall.
It is a plain brick building of modern erection; above the entrance in are the arms of the company. The building forms
| a small quadrangle, with a court in the centre. A small staircase leads to a landing place, the walls of which are decorated with various pieces of armour, including matchlock and wheel-lock pieces, and half suits of armour of the time of Charles, I. This landing is lighted by an oval lanthorn. The court room, which is on the floor, is a plain apartment. Over the fire place is a -quarter length portrait of a man with a beard and ruff, his hand resting on a scull. On side of the head is a coat of arms, viz. quarterly, . , a fesse dancette, and in chief, crescents
. a lion rampant, gu. . gu. swans, , , and . . fleur de lys, crest out of a ducal coronet, an oak tree, rising proper, and under it |
On the other side are the following lines,
In the lower part of the picture,
In another part of the painting,
This painting was
, cleaned , and lined and repaired .
Adjoining the court room is a fire proof closet for the archives of the company.
On the ceiling are oval allegorical paintings on copper. They appear to have been executed about .
On the same floor is the dining room, an elegant apartment, at the west end of which is a large and fine painting of the entry of Richard II. and Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. into London; it was executed by James Northcote, esq. in , and was purchased by the company on the sale of the Shakespeare gallery, in , for In this apartment are other paintings,
by Wheatley, painted for the Shakespeare gallery, and the other a large painting of figures in armour, painted in , by T. Gwenapp, and presented to the company by Mr. J. Sheen.
The drawing room, which communicates by spacious folding doors, is furnished in a similar style, and contains painting,
by G. Hamilton. This also belonged to the Shakespeare gallery.
The hall, which is on the ground floor, is lighted by windows and an oval lanthorn. Against the walls are full length portraits of George I., George II., and his consort ; the presented by sir Harcourt Master, alderman of the ward, , and the last by Mr. J. Oliphant, master, . On each side of the hall, at the upper end, are glazed recesses for the company's plate, and, above open niches, in which are placed figures of men in
|armour, in a modern brass suit, and the other in a curious engraved suit of tilting armour. Against the walls are several half suits, and on side of the hall is a small music gallery.|
At the northern extent of this ward was formerly a large piece of waste land known as