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Soho

Sunday 14th February
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concesssions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring this celebrated London district. An abundance of buildings from the early 1700’s on narrow streets laid out in the 1680’s. We see what became of Knave’s Acre, trace where William Blake was born, see where Canaletto lodged whilst also advertising his latest painting in the and tip our hats to the work of John Snow. And more much more.

Holborn

Saturday 20th February
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at old mapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notidfied of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour.

Walk with old maps exploring this ancient parish, some of which is within the City of London. Now London’s legal district, we discover a more diverse past. Down an almost hidden alley we find the Chapel, all that survives of the Bishop of Ely’s Palace. By the parish church we consult the map drawn up after the Great Fire to see how close it got. We trace the topography before the Victorians built Holborn Viadcut. Along the way we encounter Phyliss Pearsall, William Morris and Thomas Coram.

Wapping

Saturday 27th February
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
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour.

Walk with old maps exploring London’s riverside village still surrounded by huge dock walls though the docks have long since closed. Among the warehouses we find two charity school buildings, a church for sea-men that had it’s own mission hall and ancient riverside pubs where the steps go into the Thames. Along the way we encounter actual Thames barges, the hermitage and the two cottages that J.M.W. Turner converted into a pub for his Mistress.

St Giles

Sunday 21st February
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
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour.

Walk with old maps exploring the neighbourhood that grew around site of a 12th century leper hospital, whose footprint is now a heart-shape of streets. There are 17th century houses where you least expect to discover them,visible reminders of the areas metal-working tradition and hidden almshouses. On Hollar’s Great Map of 1658 we see the field that was to become Seven Dials. Looking up we see a parish plaque and down what was once the main road we find a Huguenot chapel. This old map walk includes Denmark Street.

Calthorpe

Sunday 13th March
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
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring what became of the fields between Bloomsbury and Clerkenwell developed by Baron Calthorpe from the 1820’s. There are houses by Thomas and William Cubitt, a school built on arches to avoid disturbing a graveyard and the building the Royal Free Hospital moved to from a house in Hatton Garden. We see where Constable Culley was killed at the end of the so called Clerkenwell Riot of 1833. Along the way we consider what was where Mount Pleasant Sorting Office is now and trace the site of the Bagnigge Wells Spa that closed in 1841.

Bermondsey

Saturday 19th March
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
Latest booking 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the one-time leather-making district. Among the warehouses we find 17th century houses and a Victorian smithy. We see how Bermondsey Council’s Beautification Committee transformed the Workhouse site. Beyond the old Watch House we find traces of Bermondsey Abbey in unexpected places.

St Pancras

Saturday 13th February
11am lasta about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the boundary between Camden Town and Somers Town that ends in the twin burial grounds at St Pancras Old Church. We discover the extraordinary house of Victorian visionary and children’s author George MacDonald. Tracing the Duke of Bedford’s Figs Mead Estate we find the one surviving gatehouse that kept the residents of Somers Town out. Along the way we encounter George Cruikshank, Spencer Gore and H. G. Wells.

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