Victorian London - Buildings, Monuments and Museums - Barbers' Hall


BARBERS' HALL, Monkwell-st, Cripplegate, E.C. - This fine old building, designed by Inigo Jones, was one of the few City Halls which escaped the Great Fire. It contains, amongst other curious objects, the shell of an immense turtle, presented by Her Majesty Queen Anne, and a pair of antlers, the gift of Charles II. But the principal objects of interest are the pictures, which comprise amongst others, a portrait of the Countess of Richmond by Sir Peter Lely, a portrait of Inigo Jones by Van Dyke, and the celebrated painting by Holbein of King Henry VIII granting the Charter to the Barber-Surgeons. There are other good pictures of less interest, and the hall is, on the whole, worthy a visit. NEAREST Ry. Stn., Aldersgate-st (Met.); Omnibus Rte., Aldersgate-st.

source: Charles Dickens Jr. et al, Dickens Dictionary of London, c.1908 edition
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