Worshipful Company of Carmen

St Dunstan's Heritage Trust

CARMEN'S HALL

Works continue at the future Carmen’s Hall and learning centre, at the Old School in Fleet Street. The roofing works were completed in July.

The internal lift shaft is in place and the lift car installed. That is being closely followed by the installation of our own new mains power and water supplies from Fleet Street.

Roof and lift works were seriously delayed earlier in 2019. A vault was discovered below the lift site, with multiple bones – now thought to be relocated plague burials, not the product of Sweeney Todd’s barber shop next door to our building! The roof works had to wait while we sought agreement with those neighbours for roof works access. Providing services was also delayed when more excavations revealed yet another vault and below ground steps.

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORK WITH YOUR DONATIONS

CARMEN’S HERITAGE TRUST

A charity dedicated to transport learning

London’s oldest transport body’s future home - the Grade 1 Old School in Fleet Street – needs restoration, repair, improvement and equipment

The Carmen’s Company is 500 years old and dedicated to transport improvement. Seven hundred members meet in fellowship to serve the City, support the Crown, improve movement and mobility, and help those in need.

Members fund charity to educate, assist, and equip pupils, students, the disabled, carers and transport causes. – and to build a learning centre to enhance and develop the occupation of carmen for public benefit.

The Heritage Trust will restore, equip and operate the Old School – with a meeting and lecture room, museum, learning space and hot desks, helping other guilds, small charities, London schoolchildren, apprentices, college students and young adult learners

THE OLD SCHOOL, FLEET STREET

Once a Sunday School, tomorrow a leaning centre

Derelict, with a leaking roof, ageing timbers, and poor access

Two floors: multi-purpose rooms, workspace, kitchens, toilets, disabled lifts

The 1834 Sunday School sits between St Dunstan’s and the one-time site of Sweeney Todd’s barbershop. Its arched entrance holds London’s only 16th century statue of Elizabeth I – and the mythical King Lud and his sons.

It needs re-roofing, new services, a platform lift for churchgoers, as well as Carmen, inside lift, kitchens, panelling, flooring, lighting, display space, storage, office facilities, cloakrooms, AV gear and furniture.

The first floor will be multi-purpose: Court Room, gallery, lecture hall, pupils’ workspace, lunch or reception venue – plus a small museum; the second floor will host offices, hot desks, and learning spaces.

WE HAVE A LITTLE, WE NEED A LOT

The Old School cost £1,160,000 and sorting it out will add over £1,000,000 more

We have bought the building through the generosity of benefactors.

If you have given a little and filled your Loving Cup please give more.

We need your donations to bridge the gap between the £535,000 we have received and the £1,174,000, another £639,000 which will make the building useable.

We are developing the offices, museum and lecture hall first – so we can operate.

Each space needs support – you can give towards the museum, the lecture hall, or the learning centre. To begin with we will stick to basic needs and simple finishes, with a disabled toilet and a kitchenette.

Once we are in occupation, we will work towards the final Hall, but our priority, with your financial support, is to move the offices in, save rent and build the future.

As our new education programme develops, we will use the main space as our lecture hall, the museum for research and upstairs for offices, hot desks for other needy liveries and charities, and as a learning space.

We plan to tell youngsters all about the movement of things and people, schoolchildren about the industry, sixth formers how to train to drive, maintain and manage transport, and give advice to future employees in our industry.

Carmen’s Hall will be home for Carmen, and for future carmen of all ages, We are seeking grants towards these aims, and we need members’ donations to realise them. The immediate target is another £300,000. Please give all you can as soon as you can.

Serious money buys part of the Old School: works, equipment, furniture, and your name can be there - chandeliers to chairs, displays to disabled access, museum to meeting room.

Once you have donated, you can always add a little more. Every Carman has a virtual Loving Cup – if you don’t know how to celebrate birthdays etc, just fill your Cup and we’ll send a card. £500 is a cupful – your name on the actual Carmen 500 Loving Cup, if you wish.

Food for thought - Carmen's Hall menu

for discerning donor diners

For those with the appetite to give as generously as possible, the Trust has listed food for thought – a menu of current estimates for some of the works. This is a moveable feast, as issues arise, jobs emerge, and needs are identified.

Office décor
Court Room plaster ceiling
External platform lift
Windows restoration
14,500
6,500
5,160
5,800
External steps
Stone staircase to 1st floor
Court Room fireplace
Cupboards
6,300
3,700
5,000
2,500
Timber staircase to 2nd floor
Inner screen glazed door
Door from inner lobby
Members’ bar
10,000
7,500
7,500
11,560
Kitchen
Glazed entry door and screen
Dumb waiter between floors
Ventilation outlets
10,760
10,000
7,500
10,000
Court Room floor
Panelling to walls
CCTV system
Heating grilles
16,500
10,000
3,000
10,000
Glazed entry door and screen
Burglar and fire alarms
Disabled museum step lift
Toilet facilities
10,000
6,000
3,500
11,500