Save The London Campaign

The London was a Second Rate ‘Large Ship’ built in Chatham in 1656 during the Interregnum. She is known to have formed part of an English Squadron sent to collect Charles II from the Netherlands and restore him to his throne in an effort to end the anarchy which followed the death of Cromwell in 1658.

Ship London 1656
The London, 1656

The Association is delighted to be able offer members the opportunity to find out more about The London at a special event with a programme of talks on Saturday 7th March.

  • 10.15 – 12.00 – Morning Session – The History, Chaired by Southend Museum.
  • 10.30 – ‘Called to several employments’: a brief look at the career and significance of Oliver Cromwell (John Goldsmith, The Cromwell Association).
  • 11.00 – The Building of the London (Richard Endsor, Historian & Author).
  • 11.30 – Samuel Pepys and the loss of the London (J D Davies, Historian & Author).
  • Lunch break – catering at The Forum, or nearby (not provided).
  • 14.00 – 15:30 – Afternoon Session – The Archaeology (Chaired by Phil Harding, Archaeologist & Presenter, NAS President, Save The London Ambassador).
  • 14.00 – Diving the wreck of the London (Steve Ellis, London Shipwreck Trust).
  • 14.30 – Recent Historic England funded activity on the London (Hefin Meara, Historic England).
  • 15.00 – The future of the London (Mark Beattie-Edwards, Nautical Archaeology Society).

The organisers are requesting a donation of £1.00 for each of the talks which are bookable on-line, with a 67p booking fee via Eventbrite. Alternatively turn up and pay on the day, but space is limited and priority will be given to those who have booked. Association members book online by using this link.