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Archive for June, 2018

Covent Garden


Sunday 24th 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 strip of land where monks from Westminster Abbey once grew food. Where the upmarket housing development built by the Earl of Bedford became London’s main fruit and vegetable market. Along the way there are Bow Street runners, the grandest of theatres and the handsomest barn in England.It became a Parish within a Parish and still has some interesting buildings including the church inside a theatre Our old map walk begins and ends by way of almost hidden alleys

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St Giles


Saturday 7th Juky
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 parish that emerged round the site of a 12th century leper hospital. It’s the area between Soho, Holborn, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden. There’s a former Huguenot chapel, hidden almshouses and 17th century houses where you least expect to find them. We see what became of the notorious St Giles rookery. We are in the heart of London’s theatreland, that was once the heart of London’s metal-working district. This is the neighbourhood that get’s a chapter all to itself in Peter Ackroyd’s big book on London. This old map walk includes Denmark Street and Seven Dials

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Kings Cross

Saturday 14th July
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 district re-named in the 1830’s after a short-lived statue as an early form of regeneration. As well as arguably the finest railway station in London there are Former horse-bus stables, a Victorian horse-cab factory and one of London’s first Gin Palaces. Along the way we encounter the secret life of the Scala Cinema, Plum Pudding Steps and the smallest crescent in the country. Through it all runs the now buried River Fleet. We see how a lost river has left it’s mark on the 21st century

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