Under the current courtyard there are foundations for several of the past buildings. Some have been excavated, some remain buried. We were able to enter the Undercroft, which is a Jacobean construction. It is a stone storage area built to underpin the timber banqueting hall located above it. We also visited the Painted Hall and the
The Chapel to St. Peter and
was designed by Wren, but it was burned by fire in 1779. James Stuart was the surveyor charged with rebuilding it. He altered Wren’s design and gave the building a curved ceiling and added a wall at the front. His alterations greatly improved the acoustics of the room. The painting hanging on the “new wall” is by the American Benjamin West, it is his largest painting. West designed the paintings of the saints which line the walls as well. St. Paul
The final site that we visited was the skittles (bowling) alley in the basement. Originally the room was used as a mortuary for the hospital and was considered haunted. It was later used by the retired sailors as a smoke room. They wanted some entertainment and so the two alleys were installed in 1860. It was greatly enjoyed by the naval officers of the college, and the pins and balls are made from recycled ship materials. We enjoyed seeing the room and the whole tour in general.
After the tour many of us walked up to the Royal Observatory to see the Prime Meridian and stand in both hemispheres. Unfortunately the place was completely mobbed so I decided to not wait around to see the line. I had enjoyed the visit to
and didn’t want to ruin it. I would have liked to see the Greenwich , but didn’t have time. We had had a full day. I wandered back down the hill and took the ferry back up to Maritime Museum . London