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Bermondsey

Saturday 4th April
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing 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 London’s one-time leather-making district. Among the warehouses we find houses from the 17th century and see how the Watch House has found a new lease of life. You may be surprised when we reach the Victorian smithy and then there is the site of the Workhouse and how the Beautification transformed it. We end by an amazing fragment of Bermondsey Abbey at the end of one of London’s most eclectic streets.

North Clerkenwell

Sunday 29th 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 Clerkenwell between Exmouth Market and the Angel. We see how the New River Company built on the side of a hill and trace the now buried River fleet, clearly visible on the Parish map. There are distinctive Lloyd-Baker houses and the Parish School built in 1828 that is still a school. We climb Arnold Bennett’s Riceyman Steps and see how Finsbury Council commemorated this best-seller. We find the square laid out where Chartists once gathered to hear Orator Hunt speak from Merlin’s Cave.

Fitzrovia

Saturday 11th April
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 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.

Pimlico

Saturday 28th 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 tour

Walk with old maps exploring how Thomas Cubitt transformed the Neat House Gardens. We follow the now buried River Tyburn to where it joins the Thames and trace fragments of a long forgotten industrial heritage. We see how Cubitt incorporated paths used by the gardeners and how a lane from the 1720’s survives and whose name is the one link with bygone industry. Amidst the Cubitt architecture there is Dolphin Square, whose story may surprise you in particular what was there before

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