Murray Craig, a City of London guide who lives in St Albans, has very kindly agreed to accompany a group of Friends to this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, providing expert commentary at a unique annual celebration.  It dates back to the early thirteenth century, when a desperate King John allowed the City of London to appoint its own Mayor. The King insisted that each newly-elected Mayor should come to Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown, and the Mayor of London has been making that journey ever since. Around him (and her) grew up the noisy, colourful, joyous procession which over the centuries became known as the Lord Mayor's Show. 

After watching the Show in the morning, and a break for refreshments, Murray will then lead us on an afternoon walk around the Guildhall area, which will include reference to Livery companies, Wren churches, the mysteries of the City of London Corporation, and the importance of looking up!  He is well placed to do this, as until his recent retirement he held the post of Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court at the City of London Corporation – only the 37th man to do so since 1294.  This required him to admit people to the Freedom of the City, liaise with the Livery Companies, and undertake extensive historical research.

We will be travelling by train to City Thameslink, starting from St Albans City Station, and the day will inevitably involve quite a bit of walking and standing, albeit with a break at lunchtime.  Details of travel and lunch arrangements will be sent to those booking tickets.

Tickets for this event cost £18 per person (not including cost of travel or refreshments).  Please apply before 4 November 2023.  If you have any queries about this event, please contact [email protected]