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Spitalfields


Bank Holiday Monday 28th May
11.30am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring what became of the fields round the medieval Priory and Hospital of St Mary Spital following dissolution. Best known for houses where Huguenot weavers lived and worked, we also discover some less well known buildings like the Soup House and the Ragged School. As well as Hawksmoor’s sublime parish church there are a number of former chapels that chart the changing population of the neighbourhood.

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Bermondsey


Saturday 2nd June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the area around Bermondsey Street. This was once London’s leather-making district and there are plenty of reminders, with many buildings finding new uses. Bermnodsey Street began as a causeway from the Thames to Bermondsey Abbey. There are very old houses among the warehouses. We see the result of Bermondsey Council’s celebrated Beautification Committee as we venture from the Watch House to the Gate House. Along the way we encounter a Victorian smithy, Arthur’s Mission and the Parish girl’s school built in 1830

Fitzrovia


Saturday 9th June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring this often over-looked area, that was developed in the second half of the 18th century. So on the 1746 map it’s fields with a couple of streets. One includes the houses where the Middlesex Hospital was founded in 1745.Then there is the house where the Dickens family rented rooms when they first moved to London and where Charles Dickens lived when he was an aspiring reporter. A few doors along we find the Work House that inspired Oliver Twist. Amidst the streets of Georgian houses we find Evans Dairy, Pollocks toy shop and the house where Virginia Woolf started writing her first novel

Bloomsbury


Saturday 23rd June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring a less well known corner of this neighbourhood. There is the square laid out with it’s northern side originally left empty so residents had a good view of the hills. We find buildings that survived the demolition of the Foundling Hospital and see what became of French’s Dairy. Amidst trendy shops we find Nelson’s undertakers with a window display worth a second look. The Chimney Sweeps Church and a secret garden? Along the way we encounter Thomas Coram, Dorothy L.Sayers and Kenneth Williams

Kentish Town


Sunday 3rd June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring this ancient village on the Fleet. Houses in the vernacular built as the railway cut through in a cutting. From the Aged Governesses’ Asylum to a beautifully restored Victorian Baths and Wash House. Alongside the Casual Ward we find the platform where they weighed the rocks you had been breaking all day to earn a bed for the night. In a most unlikely corner we find a building beneath which lies the field where Farmer Holmes realised there was more money to be made growing bricks than crops.

The Borough


Sunday 17th June
11.30am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the byways, buildings and characters south of Southwark Street and west of Borough High Street to the sign of the Dog and Pot.We are in the footsteps of a young Charles Dickens who knew these streets well, when his father was in the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison. There is the Work House that became a Hat Factory, Octavia Hill cottages and the Welsh Congregational Chapel. Along the way we encounter Hop Merchants, Ancient Lights and a Secret Garden. Our old map walk ends in the yard of London’s last surviving galleried inn.

Shoreditch


Sunday 10th June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the one time furniture making district. Most of the surviving buildings were at one stage used for making furniture. See what your favourite bar used to be, at least one was a timber seasoning shed! We trace the site of London’s first theatre. Along the way we encounter silk-weavers houses, the original actors church and Syd’s legendary coffee stall