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St Giles

Sunday 5th July
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 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 and visible reminders of the areas metal-working tradition. On Hollar’s Great Map of 1658 we see the field that is to become Seven Dials. Looking up we see a parish plaque and down what was once the main road we find a Huguenot chapel.

Bloomsbury Edge

Saturday 25th July
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 where Bloomsbury ends, before Clerkenwell starts. We are covering the Doughty and Calthorpe Estates. There is the Army Pigeon Service, unsung heroes of the Great War as well as small-scale industry in out of the way streets. In 1833 a gathering of the Unemployed on Coldbath Fields that had been banned, took place and is now remembered for the tragedy that happened in the yard of a local pub. Along the way we encounter Vera Brittain, Thomas Cubitt and The White Rabbit.

Little Italy

Saturday 8th August
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 part of Holborn settled by Italians after the Napoleonic Wars. Streets from Clerkenwell Road to the lost River Fleet. This was the London of barrel organ manufactories, knife grinders and the hoky poky man. Along the way we discover what survives of Holborn Workhouse, where author Katherine Mansfield enjoyed a bohemian life and the Mazzini- Garibaldi Club

Bermondsey

Saturday 4th July
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 neighbourhood that grew around Bermondsey Abbey, that became London’s main leather-making district. We see what became of a Victorian smithy and the old Watch House. There are rare 17th century houses where you least expect to see them. We find a fragment of the abbey wall in a most unlikely place and celebrate the work of the Beautification Committee of Bermondsey Council in the 1920’s.

North Clerkenwell

Sunday 9th August
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken st 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 hillside between Exmouth Market and the Angel. Streets laid out where once there were wooden pipes of the New River Company. We follow the lost River Fleet, clearly shown on the parish map then climb Arnold Bennett’s Riceyman Steps. Along the way we encounter the Parish School built in 1828 that’s still a school and the unusual square laid out on the field where in November 1816 there was a large Anti-Corn Law gathering to hear Orator Hunt.

Soho

Sunday 19th July
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 narrow streets laid out from the 1680’s. Among a high proportion of houses built in the early 1700.s we find a fragment of William Hunter’s School of Anatomy, the Parish School and the Parish Workhouse. We see what became of Knave’s Acre. Along the way we encounter William Blake, Canaletto and Dorothy L. Sayers. This London is the city of refuge and redemption.

Fitzrovia

Saturday 11th July
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 how this neighbourhood became a magnet for writers and artists. The area was developed in the second half of the 18th century so we find streets of Georgian houses, as well as the Radium Wing and Ancient Lights. As well as the house where the Middlesex Hospital began we find Charles Dickens first London home and the Workhouse that inspired Oliver Twist. Along the way we encounter George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Morse and Virginia Woolf.

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