I went last night to dinner at Goldsmith’s Hall, not one of the livery companies that I had been to before. It’s in Foster Lane, close to St. Paul’s. Designed by Philip Hardwick of the Euston Arch and built between 1829 and 1835, it’s a robustly classical building with rich polychrome decoration, bombed in the war, but restored in such a way that the vigour of the original is undiminished. In his speech at the dinner, Peter Murray, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Architects, claimed that the idea of a bridge across the Thames from Temple to Waterloo had been his and derived from a competition held at the time of the Royal Academy’s exhibition Living Bridges. I hadn’t heard this before. It helps give the current controversy over the Garden Bridge a historical perspective.