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Cakes and Ale


The annual “Cakes and Ale” ceremony takes place today in the Stationers’ Hall (*).  The ceremony takes place every Shrove Tuesday at the bequest of Alderman John Norton, who was the Master of the Stationers’ Livery Company in 1607, 1611, and 1612.  It is followed by a special service in the Chapel of St Faith in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral.


(*) The present Hall was originally built in 1673, after the Great Fire of 1666 had burned down the previous one.  It was subsequently extended in 1776, 1825 and 1885, and restored in 1957 (after having been damaged by bombing  during the Blitz of the Second World War).