On a wet Fleet Street Friday, a fortunate few Young Stationers were whisked (and wined) by St Bride's Claire Seaton, through a choral tour of St Bride's Church, and an inky one of the St Bride's Foundation next door.
Shown about in style and detail by a gowned Liveryman (and St Bride's Guildsman) Eric Davies, the Young Stationers were treated to the delights of Wren's architecture, and to the Roman pavements, charnel houses, and modernist treats of the Harmsworth family crypt in the belly of the church beneath.
Wending next door to the St Bride Foundation, director Glyn Farrow took the party on a romp through the world's largest print library, ending on the printing presses in its Print Workshop, where the Young Stationers had a personal tutorial from compositor and woodcut artist Mick Clayton - see photo.
Simon Greaves, a St Bride's Guildsman who covers finance and sailing for the Financial Times, noted afterwards that it was 'so good to see the craft side of printing again after years of digital publishing. Like Mick the printer, I just saw the end of hot metal, so to smell the ink and see the machines is really evocative.'
The evening ended in typical jovial faction, closing out the bar in the basement of the Foundation. Infinitely grateful for the hospitality they received at their patronal church and the Foundation next door, the Young Stationers are abuzz with thoughts of how they might contribute to St Bride's Inspire appeal - including thought of a Bride's to Brighton sponsored group cycle!