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Sir Peter Studd GBE KCVO MA DSc DL - 1917-2003 - Trust President
Sir Peter Studd was Lord Mayor of the City of London 1979-1980 and an executive of De La Rue, the banknote printing company; as a young man he was an outstanding cricketer, captaining Harrow and Cambridge.

One of the highlights of Studd's tenure as Lord Mayor was the reopening of the transplanted London Bridge at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The old bridge, which dated from 1831, had been sold by the City authorities for £1,025,000, and shipped across the Atlantic stone by stone to become the centrepiece of a new community which would rise to house over forty thousand inhabitants in the course of time.
As Alderman Sheriff in 1967, Studd and his wife attended the laying of the foundation stone and in October 1970 he returned in full regalia to join the state governor in an opening ceremony which featured a Lord Mayor's procession.

Peter Malden Studd was born on Sept 15 1916. His father, Brigadier Malden Studd DSO MC, was ADC to King George VI during the early years of the Second World War. Peter Studd was also a governor of the Regent Street Poly (now part of the University of Westminster) and it gave him particular pleasure to receive royal approval of his appointment as Lord Mayor from the second Lord Hailsham, who had followed his own father as Lord Chancellor. During his mayoral year he led the "Save St Paul's" appeal which raised £1.6 million for repairs and improvements to the cathedral, including extensive cleaning of the external stonework.

He was master of the Merchant Taylors' company, another long-standing Studd family connection, in 1973-74. He was also chairman of the Florence Nightingale Hospital, president of the British Chiropractic Advancement Association, vice-president of the Arts Educational Schools and a governer of Harrow.

Peter Studd was knighted in 1969 and advanced to GBE in 1971. He was appointed KCVO in 1979 in recognition of his work for the Prince's Trust, and became a deputy lieutenant for Wiltshire in 1983. He was also chairman of King George's Jubilee Trust. It was a high point of his later years to sit next to the Queen at the Golden Jubilee luncheon at the Guildhall.
Peter Jackson FSA - 1922 - 2003 - Founder Trustee
"How much do you know about London history?" asked the Editor of the London Evening News. "Not much!" came the cheeky reply. It was 1949 and the Evening News wanted a factual strip-cartoon devoted to London history, to match Bob Ripley's serious cartoon strip "Believe it or Not", which was syndicated all over the world.

The drawings of the young Peter Jackson seemed to fit the bill, and he was engaged by the Editor for a three-week trial period. In the event Jackson would remain on that paper until it merged with the Evening Standard 31 years later.
Simultaneously Jackson supplied illustrations for a host of other Fleet Street publications - Look and Learn , Treasure, Bible Story, Ranger, Express Weekly, Swift and above all the Eagle, edited by the Rev Marcus Morris. The back page of the Eagle presented a series of schoolboys' heroes which he draw, kicking off with the story of David Livingstone, followed by Marco Polo and Gordon of Khartoum. The Rev Chad Varah supplied the text, and Jackson, a Sunday School teacher at the time, did the drawings.

Jackson joined the London Topographical Society in 1958 and became chairman in 1974. Under him it shed its dry-as-dust image and began to issue publications that had popular appeal as well as being useful to scholars. In 1975 Jackson helped to found the Ephemera Society, and he served as its chairman from 1999 to 2001. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1980.

Jackson's library grew from nothing in 1949 into one of the largest and most remarkable private collections in Britain. Latterly it consisted of more than 30,000 books, and prints, maps, and items of ephemera too numerous to be counted. He behaved as though his collection were a public resource, allowing access to anyone who was up to something serious, and dealing promptly and effectively with a never-ending stream of enquiries - all without charge. On the day after Jackson's death a latter arrived at his house informing him that he was to be appointed OBE.
Leonard Groome OBE - 1924 - 2003 - Founder Trustee
Leonard Groome was the engineer responsible for sending London Bridge to America, and then building its replacement.

As City Engineer (head of the Corporation of London's engineering department), Groome had the job of dismantling and labelling all the parts so that they could be transported to America and reconstructed brick by brick in 1971 at Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Robert McCulloch's recent creation on the fringe of the Mojave desert.
Groome also managed the construction of the replacement without ever closing the crossing to vehicles or pedestrians. Later, in 1996, he was feted in Lake Havasu City at the 25th anniversary celebrations. The bridge continues to be a major attraction.

Leonard William Edward Groome was born in London on January 26 1924, the son of a local government official. He was educated at Latymer Grammar School at Edmonton, north London, and in 1940 joined the RAF. Demobbed, he set about qualifying as a chartered engineer by night school study, building radios and amplifiers to finance his studies. In 1953 he was elected to the Institute of Structural Engineers and joined the Lee Conservancy River Board.

In 1982, as City Engineer, he redeveloped and modernised Tower Bridge, opening the interior of the bridge to the public, as had first been intended in 1894. One of his last roles as City Engineer was to take over the London Traffic Management Unit and he was later appointed OBE.

Retiring in 1989, he remained active in three City livery companies - the Engineers'. Gardeners' and Architects' - and as chairman of the board of governers at John Warner School, Hoddesdon. He was also a Founder Trustee of the London Bridge Museum & Educational Trust.

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