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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lord Peter Brooke. Peter was one of our patrons and a great supporter of the Trust and our work over many years.
Trust chairman David Bieda recalls: “When he [Peter Brooke] retired as an MP I held a dinner for him in Dean Street [David's residence, a masterpiece of early Georgian architecture]. I remember asking Peter if I should invite Frank Dobson MP and he said ‘Don’t do it without Frank as we’ve worked behind the scenes for years’. One of the most civilised politicians of his generation, a great raconteur, immensely knowledgeable and a very good constituency MP. He also initiated the N. Ireland peace process.”
Trustees send their best wishes to Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla on this historic occasion.
The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, 2023.
In the latter part of last year, Camden published draft proposals for works to Neal Street, Earlham Street (W) and Monmouth Street and invited responses from the public. This consultation ended on 16th December but the proposals can still be seen here. The Trust is concerned by several aspects of the proposals.
For several years now, the Trust has been working on updating its comprehensive study of the area, The Seven Dials Renaissance Study, first published in 1991. Designed to provide a national exemplar of how to care for inner city conservation areas, the study takes an holistic approach, providing a detailed framework for the total environment.
We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Founder Trustee and later Trust Patron Christina Smith OBE who passed away peacefully at home in Covent Garden on 11th March 2022. Christina was a proactive member of the Trust and our work over many years. Her presence and many words of wisdom will be missed by us all.
The Trust was commissioned by the Mercers’ Company to provide façade brackets for their festoon lighting in Neal Street. These elegant wall brackets are a smaller version of the wall brackets designed by trustee Paul Draper for our façade lanterns and thus match them.
The Trust was commissioned by the Mercers’ Company to provide the Covent Garden Lantern © for their new Mercers’ Walk development with a specially designed wall bracket. These lanterns have our specially designed Zeta LED within a ‘sugar bowl’ thus harnessing both current and 19c technology to maximise the light spread and reducing both carbon emissions and energy needs.
Camden have retrofitted the 51 Phase One lanterns in Seven Dials with our specially designed Zeta LED within a ‘sugar bowl’ thus harnessing both current and 19c technology to maximise the light spread and greatly reducing both carbon emissions and energy needs. Many thanks to Shaftesbury Plc for funding this project.
We are looking for more sponsors to support this unique Plaques Project:
People's Plaques Brochure (PDF)
Street History Plaques Brochure (PDF)
(If you would like a printed copy of the brochure please do ask us)
Plaques Positions Visuals (PDF)
More info on Sponsoring People's Plaques
More info on Sponsoring Street History Plaques
The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind (more specifically a wounded female deer) is the symbol of the ancient Parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields. The Seven Dials Trust has used it, in a circle representing the Dials, as a motif on all street furniture.