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Shortlists and Salamanders

31.08.2017

We were very excited when, in August 2017, the London Venue Awards released its shortlist and we saw Ironmongers’ Hall on that list for two awards: “Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall” and “Best Venue Space in the City”.

Many Londoners are unaware of the historical importance of the ancient guilds and their Livery Halls, so we at Fare thought we would let you know something of the history of Ironmongers’ Hall, and its versatility as an event space which would make it a worthy winner of these accolades.

The earliest records suggest that the Ironmongers, then known as Ferroners, were first recognised in 1300, when they took action against the smiths of the Wealds of Kent and Sussex over the quality of iron supplied for cart wheels in the City of London.

Ironmongers’ Hall is a beautiful and unique location, as well as being versatile.

By 1328 they were regarded as a firmly established brotherhood, allowing them to contribute to the elections of city officials. They received their grant of arms in 1455 describing them as the “Honourable Craft and Fellowship of Franchised Men of Ironmongers” and the Company’s crest includes two salamanders which were reputed to be able to survive fire.

In 1457 the Company bought buildings in Fenchurch Street and converted them into a Hall, which was later enlarged. Since then, they have always built their Halls in the City.

The fourth and current Hall was built in Shaftesbury Place, Aldersgate Street on land that was bought in 1922 and was opened on 17th June 1925, replacing its predecessor which, having survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, was damaged in the First World War, on 7th July 1917, during a raid by twenty German aeroplanes.

The Tudor style of the new Hall was decided upon, not only because it seemed appropriate for the housing of an ancient guild, but also because it is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Craftsmanship.

Ironmongers’ Hall has four public rooms, with the largest able to hold a reception for 250 or 150 with a dancefloor. It also has a private courtyard with ornamental pond and fountains which can be used for barbecues or for cocktails on warm evenings. A stunning wedding venue, the Hall is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and provides plenty of opportunities for memorable photographs.

As well as celebrations, Ironmongers’ Hall can hold large meetings and conferences, and this autumn we currently have a special delegate offer in place.

Ironmongers’ Hall is a beautiful and unique location, as well as being versatile.

We’re crossing our fingers for the awards ceremony in October.

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