Following a tip by IanVisits, a fellow London Historian and I went yesterday to The Honourable Artillery Company’s open evening. It was a great opportunity, since this site is normally closed to the public. The HAC headquarters is in City Road near Bunhill Fields Cemetery. It has its own cricket and rugby field in what must be one of the highest value patches of real estate in the world.
Raised in 1537, the HAC is the oldest extant unit in the British Army. Today it is a territorial unit, its gunnery function mainly for ceremonial purposes, although its troops still do active service in an infantry role. They put on a superb show. Here are some pictures. As we were leaving, I was delighted to find in the grand staircase a sculpture model from Charles Sargeant Jagger’s Royal Artillery Memorial, which I wrote about last November. My favourite London monument.