How Do I Get There?
Address:Honourable Artillery Company
Nearby Tube Stations:5 minutes from Old Street station, take exit 5 and walk south down City Rd.
10 minutes from Moorgate, walk North up City Rd.
10 minutes from Liverpool Street.
There is no on site parking but street parking in the area is free on Sundays.
History:The Honourable Artillery Company is the oldest regiment in the British Army. The Company dates its origins to 1537 when Henry VII granted a charter to the Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows and Crossbows. The word "artillery" was used at this time to describe archery and other missile weapons.
From the 1611 revival until 1779, the Company trained the officers of the City Trained Bands and also aided the civil power by maintaining law and order, especially in the later 18th Century. When the Company helped quell the mob during the Gordon Riots in June 1780, a grateful City presented it with two brass cannon which still stand on the stairs at Armoury House.
The Company has always had strong connections with the City of London and since the Restoration, the Company has provided Guards of Honour in the City for visits by members of the Royal Family and overseas Heads of State.
In 1919, following a decision to increase the strength of the Metropolitan Police Reserve Force, the Home Secretary approached the HAC to form a Division of Special Constables. Some 150 members rallied to the call and joined the Division.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War the Detachment was integrated into G Division of the Metropolitan Police covering Shoreditch, and then later with the Islington Division.
Today, the Detachment forms part of the City of London Police and is an Active Unit of the HAC. Its administrative base continues to be at Armoury House.