We chart our course through the old City of London from Tower Hill to St Paul’s Cathedral and as we do so we are walking along the original mediaeval city streets, their names giving us so much information about trades pursued, influence of the church, the markets and the basic realities of life in a packed city. Starting with the Mediaeval Tower of London we pass a section of the Wall, which entirely surrounded the city at that time. Much of the Cty was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666 but we get a graphic description of what it was like from the diaries of Samuel Pepys whose church we soon pass: the rumbling of the carts down the narrow lanes, the apprentices calling out their master’s wares, the sewers running along the centre of the lanes beneath the overhanging wooden houses, the animals – pigs, chickens, dogs and cats – roaming the lanes; the stink and disease, the pageantry and ritual, it’s all there. We go down by the river, the vital highway of the city, bringing in cargo, teeming with craft. And at the end we reach St Paul’s Cathedral, which replaced the vast Mediaeval one and whose churchyard was filled with book stalls, where the original St Paul’s Cross stood and the proclamations, sermons and punishments were delivered – the very heart of the Mediaeval city.
I shall be leading this walk on Saturday December 17th 2016; meet Tower Hill Underground station (District and Circle lines), 10.45am.
Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).