From an Italian Watermill to an ancient Livery Company in the heart of the City of London

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

It may seem a far cry from the Watermill at Posara to the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, one of London’s livery companies (ancient trade associations or guilds) but today we celebrate another achievement of a man who links those two.

William Shand is one of the great supporters of the Watermill and has been with us on more than a dozen painting holidays. We are looking forward to meeting up again next year when he is coming with his son, James.

William, a retired surgeon, is a Past Master of the Society and, together with a former Registrar and Clerk , Andrew Wallington-Smith, is publishing a book called Heraldry and Stained Glass at Apothecaries’ Hall.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

The Society was founded as long ago as 1617 (a few decades before the first Watermill at Posara). While the Watermill was going strong in the middle of the 17th century, the Apothecaries’ Hall was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, but rebuilt almost immediately afterwards. The oldest surviving Livery Hall in the City Of London, England, it is renowned for its stained glass and its heraldic emblems. This copiously illustrated book is a fine record of these historical artefacts.

So, while the subject of William’s book may be a little esoteric, we are delighted to celebrate its publication and we look forward to welcoming our old friend to the Watermill in the not-too-distant future. And I am sure he will bring a copy of his book for us all to admire.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

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