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Click to see full size In the fourteenth century the Fishmongers' Hall included a Great Hall for the newly-important Livery Company to meet, a Counting House and dwelling, and this was rebuilt in brick and timber in Elizabethan times. This hall was the first of forty Livery Halls to be destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The new seventeenth century hall was a red-brick building with twin flights of steps, and Sir Christopher Wren had a hand in its design, being one of the first riverside buildings completed after the fire. It features in many paintings of London's riverside including views by Canaletto. In the early nineteenth century, Sir John Rennie's new bridge was placed upstream from the old and the Fishmongers' Hall had to be demolished. Click to see full size
Click to see full size A competition was held for the design of a new hall under the supervison of Sir Robert Smirke, the architect of the British Museum. The winner was Henry Roberts whose bold Greek designs evolved into the present hall which was completed in 1835, with drawings prepared by the young Giles Gilbert Scott. Apart from damage during the war, the Fishmongers' Hall has remained uniquely unaltered as one of the City's finest Livery Halls.
For more information on the history of the Hall and the Fishmongers' Company, visit their website.

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