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MARCH - A grey, cold and wet day greeted members as they prepared to travel to London to visit St Paul's Cathedral and the Clink Prison Museum. Fortunately the rain eased off and by early afternoon the sun shone brightly, the wind though had a bite to it. On arrival at the Cathedral we were met by Brentwood U3A London Walks Convenor, Anita Butt, who for some years has been a volunteer guide at the Cathedral and who acted as our personal guide for the morning. The extent of her knowledge was incredible and it was a real pleasure to discover so much about this magnificent building. Five members took on the challenge of climbing to the Whispering Gallery, with two making the climb to the top of the dome! Others ventured into the Crypt before members made their way (some on foot over the Millennium Bridge, some by taxi), to Southwark where after a break for lunch they undertook a guided tour of the Clink Prison Museum. This consisted of a grim collection of dingy, darkened rooms created to represent prison cells inside of which were displayed items of  restraint and torture. It was a gruesome insight into how justice (though in many cases probable mis-justice), was meted out. An interesting and successful day out and our thanks go to Maria Buckley, our Social Secretary, for making all the arrangements. (Report and  photos: Brian Leith)



Left: Anita Butt, our guide, points out an interesting piece of architecture.

Centre: The Group gathers in the Bishops Staircase.

Right: Spiralling upwards, the Bishops Staircase.



Left: Our guide stands beside an original door.


Centre: Members are shocked by some of the revelations about the way prisoners were treated


Right: Maria tries out a mediaeval torture seat.

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