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Archive for January, 2018

Bermondsey Spa


Saturday 3rd February
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 gardens and meadows between the Blue Anchor and Bermondsey Spa. With old maps we trace where Thomas Keyse established that spa. We find the tannery built on the footprint of an earlier industry, both used water from the River Neckinger that now flows underground. Along the way we encounter London’s first terminus, the country’s first health centre, the gates of Alaska and Arthur Carr’s short-cut.

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Spitalfields


Sunday 28th January
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 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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Vauxhall


Saturday 27th January
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 site of Pleasure Gardens and surrounding neighbourhood. We discover the one surviving building from the Pleasure Gardens and learn why a Church was built with it’s own Art School. There are tangible examples of Victorian philanthropy. We see how the Ragged School survived the widening of the railway. At the end of a hidden alley we find the secret cottage built about 1710. In a rapidly changing bit of London we find plenty that brings the past to life.

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The Borough


Sunday 18th February
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 Workhouse that became a Hat Factory and Octavia Hill cottages. 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.

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