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25 July 2019VISIT to ROYAL COURTS of JUSTICE and SIR JOHN SOANE'S HOUSE, LONDON £73pp approximately -18 places available
15 April 2020London: - The Tutankhamun Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery

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VISIT to ROYAL COURTS of JUSTICE and SIR JOHN SOANE'S HOUSE, LONDON £73pp approximately -18 places available
Thursday 25 July 2019

The Royal Courts of Justice The search for a design for the Law Courts was by way of a competition. The competition ran from 1866 to 1867 and the twelve architects competing for the contract each submitted designs for the site. In 1868 it was finally decided that George Edmund Street was the winner. The work was started 1873 by Messrs Bull & Sons of Southampton. Despite serious strike at an early stage, the building took eight years to complete and was officially opened by Queen Victoria on 4 December 1882. Street died before the building was opened, overcome by the work.

Parliament paid £1,453,000 for the 6-acre (24,000 m2) site upon which 450 houses had to be demolished. The building was paid for by cash accumulated in court from the estates of the intestate to the sum of £700,000. Oak work and fittings in the court cost a further £70,000 and with decoration and furnishing the total cost for the building came to under £1 million.

We will enjoy a Blue Badge Guide lead half-day London legal walking tour which combines a tour of the fabulous Royal Courts of Justice with a walk through some of London’s beautiful Inns of Court. Including: Hear about the history and the development of the Inns and how legal training has evolved over many centuries.

Sir John Soane’s House: This house will transport you back to Regency London, taking you through Sir John Soane’s extraordinary collections, left as they were at the time of his death in 1837. Explore some of the most spectacular rooms in the house, including the Private Apartments, the model room, and we will get an insight into our most famous and beautiful treasures - including paintings by Canaletto and J.M.W. Turner, a 3,000 year-old sarcophagus of an Egyptian King, and William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.

As this visit is still in the planning stage, I am only accepting ‘Expressions of Interest’ at this time. If you are interested in joining the visit, please either email me at or write to me at Visits Secretary, 11 Summer Lake, South Cerney, Cirencester GL7 5LW. If you include your email address, I will keep you informed as I firm up the trip.

 I encourage you to invite friends who might be interested in joining The Arts Society to come as your guests.