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From Black's Guide to London and Its Environs (1863):

"TRINITY HOUSE, north side of Tower Hill, built from the designs of Samuel Wyatt, 1793. This is the seat of an ancient guild, founded by Sir Thomas Spert, Captain of the Henri Grace de Dieu, and Comptroller of the navy in the time of Henry VIII. It was incorporated 1529, and now consists of a master, a deputy-master, about thirty elder brethren, who are for the most part either naval men, or persons connected with the civil administration of the navy, and a large number of younger brethren. Prince Albert, who was master before his death, succeeded the Duke of Wellington. This corporation is intrusted with the charge of lighthouses, sea-marks, the licensing of pilots, etc. Its revenue amounts to about £300,000 a year, of which about one fourth remains after meeting the expenses, and this surplus is chiefly expended in pensioning disabled seamen, or the widows and orphans of seamen. They have hospitals at Deptford, which are annually visited in a state yacht on Trinity Monday. At the Trinity House are busts of many naval heroes, a picture 20 feet long by Gainsborough, representing the elder brethren of the time. In the museum are models of lighthouses, life-boats, etc., a fine model of the Royal William, made 160 years ago, a flag taken by Drake from the Spaniards in 1588, and other curiosities. To see them, apply for the secretary's order."

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