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March Thursday 8th, Saturday 17th, & Wednesday 28th.
Smithfield & Charterhouse
Smithfield is one of London’s special places. The lanes, alleys and courts on the edge of the market still follow a medieval street plan with names like Clothfair and Cowcross St. A market has been here for over 800 years the only remaining wholesale markets to still be trading. Located to the north-west, beyond the walls and hustle and bustle of the city, it became a popular meeting place. A venue for weekly sales of horses and other animals from at least the late 12th century. It was where royal tournaments and jousts were held as well as St Bartholomew’s Fair. However, the locality had a darker side, where heretics were burnt at the stake. Literary connections especially of the detective genre abound. Buy some meat for supper and gentlemen can have a free hair cut and wet shave!
Afternoon tour of Charterhouse built in 1381. A former Carthusian monastery. Once a burial ground for victims of the Black Death. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the site has served as a private mansion, a boys’ school and an alms house, which it remains to this day.
Meet: The Fable below Holborn Viaduct ground floor Faringdon St. entrance. http://drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-fable
Transport: Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City. Mainline). Chancery Lane (Central), Blackfriars (District & Circle}. City Thameslink.
Thursday & Wednesday Start: 11.00 Meet from 10.30Saturday Start: 11.15 Meet from 10.45
Price: £30.00 (includes entry and guided tour of The Charterhouse).
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MONTHLY MEANDERS IN LONDON
with SARAH FORDHAM
Each month I lead an historical walk around a different area of London looking at both well known and less familiar buildings. The hidden streets, squares and houses behind the famous facades are intriguing especially when accompanied by tales of those who have lived and worked in them.