Charles and Camilla make a visit to south London
15:18 24 January 2013
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall stopped off at the Kia Oval and the City & Guilds of London Art School during a visit to Kennington today.
Charles went on tour of the Oval, the home of Surrey Cricket Club, and met youngsters who take part in Prince’s Trust activities.
The home of Surrey County Cricket club is a landmark in the area and is undergoing a £2million development to create a new front to the pavilion originally built in 1892.
The entrance will feature classical columns topped with the Prince of Wales’ feathers and opposite will be the famous Hobbs gates, named after legendary England and Surrey cricketer Sir Jack Hobbs, moved a few metres from their current location.
Charles ventured on to the building site where most of the brickies had stopped work creating the new frontage around a steel frame to meet their royal visitor.
Inside the cricket arena Charles was shown designs for the development and met senior construction staff.
Richard Gould, Surrey County Cricket Club’s chief executive, joked about his landlord, Charles: “We love to see the landlord. He last visited in the summer to look at a different part of the club.
“It was good to see him here today because he has personal involvement and has got a great passion for architecture - these designs have been worked hand in glove with him.”
Before leaving Charles posed with a group of youngsters based at the Oval who are taking part in courses run by The Prince’s Trust.
Earlier, Charles and Camilla were impressed by stone and wood carvings put together by people attending the art school, which is associated with the Charles’ Duchy estate.
The sight of a female head made by trainee wood and stone carver Nicholas Thompson seemed to have Camilla transfixed.
The Duchess touched the white plaster piece showing a model called Zoe and the pair joked about the artwork’s broken right ear.
The 31-year-old student, who moved to the UK from his homeland Canada three years ago, said: “I found my way here through historic building conservation.
“I was writing conservation reports, which was good but I was bored. I wanted to touch these buildings and fix them with my hands.”
Staff and students from the school created the impressive classical sculptures that decorated the Queen’s royal barge used in last summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames.
The estate funds the public, charitable and private activities of the prince and his family.