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:
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
Left: Anita Butt, our guide,
points out an interesting piece of architecture.
Centre: The Group gathers in
the Bishops Staircase.
Right: Spiralling upwards, the
CLINK PRISON MUSEUM
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.