London Craft Guild's demonstrate their skills in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Albans

Hands of the Craftsmen

John Cox

In October 1985 the Dean of St. Albans, the Very Revd. Peter Moore staged an exhibition devoted to the work of traditional craftsmen, which was supported by the Livery Companies of the City of London.

The principal space - the Nave was cleared of all furniture and 30ft long banners in scarlet, crimson and orange were hung from above the Romanesque (Norman) and Gothic arches. Below displays were arranged to show the work of the Masons, Carpenters, Glaziers, Plumbers, Thatchers, Goldsmiths, Painter-Stainers, Wax-Chandlers and the Apothecary by the City of London Livery Companies. In addition there were demonstrations of printing, calligraphy, book-binding, embroiderers, Lace-makers, Gilding-Painters and of Heraldry. A herb garden was laid out by the Marshioness of Salisbury and their were displays from St. Albans, Vermont, United States of America of cheese boards and wooden boxes. Apprentices from the Royal National College for the Blind demonstrated how they tune and repair pianos.
Source: BJC's papers

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