Monday, 13 May 2019

Our U3A Outing to Ther Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret

This was our third London Studies Visit and, like the previous two, was very successful. Thirteen of us met up at London Bridge Station to go to the Old Operating Theatre in Thomas Street next to Guys Hospital. We relaxed for a while in the Refectory of Southwark Cathedral where we had teas and coffees at a table big enough for all of us. 

Old Operating Theatre
After a short walk through Borough Market, we went to the Museum where we had an inspiring talk by a volunteer at the museum – 1 ½ hours of interesting facts and figures about medicine in the area in the 19th century. It even included the mock amputation of the legs of one of our members after a vivid and gory description as to the reason why his limbs had to be “chopped off”. He then took us around the area including the Guys Hospital Museum and Chapel. The whole 2 ½ hours went by in a flash as it was so interesting.
Guy's Hospital Chapel

We had lunch in the George Inn, the only remaining galleried inn in London and finished off with the delights of Borough Market which boasts a whole array of British and Continental foods. A perfect, sunny day, added to the mix made it a very successful visit.
Our Group Contact, Sue Bell, also took lots of interesting photos and these can be found by clicking on the link below…..

Herb Garret

Lotions and Potions
Amusing Story from the Guide
The Shard next door by contrast