Celebrating Sir Francis Drake

Celebrating Sir Francis Drake (1540-96)August 4th –  On this day in 1586, Sir Francis Drake was feted in the Middle Temple on his return from the New World – where he had been busy “privateering” (plundering Spanish possessions).

Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall

Drake is also famous as  the first person to circumnavigate the globe, between 1577-80, aboard the “Golden Hind(e)” ((re)named in honour of his patron Sir Christopher Hatton, whose coat-of-arms featured the device of a golden hind).  The  original “Golden Hind(e)” was “drawn into a creek … at Deptford as a perpetual memorial for having circuited round about the whole earth” in 1581, a plaque on the water-front there marking the site and commemorating the event.  Queen Elizabeth I banqueted on board the ship on 4th April, 1581, “consecrated it with great ceremonie, pompe and magnificence eternally to be remembered”, and forthwith knighted Drake.  The ship remained in Deptford  for about 100 years, until it started to disintegrate and had to be broken up.

Drake Plaque

Drake Plaque

Middle Temple Hall is visited on our “Tower to Temple”, “Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn” and “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey” standard walks, and on our “Tudor and Stuart London” and “Legal London” themed specials.  The modern reconstruction of the “Golden Hind(e)” in St Mary Overie Dock is visited on our “Historic Southwark” standard walk.

Golden Hind

Golden Hind (modern reconstruction)

Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, by e-mail (lostcityoflondon@sky.com), or by phone (020-8998-3051).

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