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Westminster

Saturday 13th December
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps exploring the Parish beyond the Abbey. There are whole streets of houses built in the early 1700′s and buildings with hidden stories waiting to be told. There is the first Women’s Parliament of 1907, the School built around a Workhouse and the oldest Youth Club in the World. Along the way we encounter William Caxton, T. E. Lawrence and the man now best known for saying “The lamps are gong out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Bethnal Green

Sunday 30th November
1am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps exploring this Parish from the Watch House to the Mad House on the Green. Along the way we encounter John Farmer’s 1735 Silk Weaver’s house, Queen Adelaide’s Dispensary and the first University Settlement in Victorian London. We see what happened to rubble from the notorious Old Nicholl slums and what became of a building made for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

St George’s Circus

Saturday 29th November
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps exploring streets laid out across St George’s Fields in the late 18th century. The pattern of some follow the lines of the medieval fields that were once an important gathering place. London welcomed Charles II back in St George’s Fields and the Gordon Riots started here. Fast forward to now and we find interesting buildings in streets around St George’s Circus, designed to be the Gate-way to the South.

Waterloo

Saturday 10th January 2015
11am lasts about two huors
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps exploring the streets beyond the Southbank. On a 1560 map we see where the now lost River Neckinger joins the Thames along an ancient boundary. We trace the terminus of the Necropolis Railway beyond it’s offices in Westminster Bridge Road and we see where the temperance movement prompted the start on one of London’s best loved Adult Education Colleges. Along the way we encounter Emma Cons, John Roupell and the Grand Ole Duke of York.

Little Italy

Saturday 22nd November
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps exploring the corner of Holborn often mistaken for Clerkenwell. Home to London’s Italian community since the early 1800′s we discover barrel organ manufacturers, barometer makers and the knife grinders union. There is a ragged school, a board school and a workhouse casual ward. Along the way we encounter Chiappa’s, Comitti & Son and Garibaldi as well as painter Helen Saunders and writer Katherine Mansfield.

Covent Garden

Sunday 23rd November
11am lasts about two hours

£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking

Walk with old maps off the tourist trail exploring what was once the garden where monks from Westminster Abbey grew food. We start and end the tour by way of almost hidden alleys and see how the Duke of Bedford created his own self-contained parish.

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