The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is a marvellous green space just north of the City of London’s old traditional financial centre, it’s now moved to glass and steel edifices in Canary wharf, and to the south of the little known but interesting Bunhill Fields. Never heard of it? Well its a 4 acre (1.6 hectares in new money) green space just a short walk north west from Liverpool Street station. From 1665 to 1854 it was a Nonconformist burial ground and is believed to be the final resting place of some 123,00 souls. Famous residents include; John Bunyan (Pilgrims Progress -1628 – 1688), Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe 1660- 1731) William Blake (1757 – 1827 – wrote Jerusalem “and did those feet, etc”), and Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748, writer of hymns such as “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”, “Joy to the World”). No doubt members of the HAC witnessed the ceremonies associated with the internments of such famous names.
A feature that unites these people from across the ages is the desire to look at things in a different way, to challenge the prevailing norms. It’s therefore appropriate that sitting resplendent on the manicured lawns of the HAC are vehicles that could also be considered to be nonconformist.
And so set out on the well tended lawn and possibly the only cricket pitch in the whole of central London were a splendid array of vehicles. And to add to the hymn theme, both ancient and modern., with on the boundary a range of partners to finance your desired car, insure it, help transport it, keep it safe and sound in storage, or source a ‘continuation’ of a loved classic.