Here’s my current prospectus for talks about London.
THESE CAN BE PRESENTED IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM
1. A WALK DOWN FLEET STREET
A virtual walk down the street of Ink recalling the personalities and architecture that was once the centre of the newspaper industry.
2. LORD MAYORS AND LIVERIES
A history of the guilds of the City of London from their beginnings as craft mysteries through to their development as powerful merchants controlling trade in London.
3. SAMUEL PEPYS
Pepys had first hand experience of the regicide of Charles 1st, Civil War, The Restoration of Charles 1st, The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London. He also survived an operation that would have killed a lesser man, re-organised the Navy and avoided execution for treason when others weren’t so fortunate.
4.THE STRANGE CASE OF ELIZABETH CANNING
The great mystery of mid 18th century that captured the attention of Henry Fielding and the great and good of Enfield. A young girl disappears for a month claiming to be held at Ordnance Road. To this day we don’t know what happened to her. But we can speculate.
5.CITY GARDENS AND OPEN SPACES
The Corporation of London claims to have 200 Squares, Piazzas, Churchyards and Pocket Parks in The Square Mile. This talk traces the history of City Gardens and presents a selection of current spaces that provide refuge to the workers in the financial sector.
Surrey docks did dominate this peninsular. Now mainly residential its mercantile history also includes a Mayflower connection.
7. KENTISH TOWN
Poor Kentish Town, never quite matched its neighbours in Hampstead, Highgate and even trendy Camden Town.
8. BETHNAL GREEN
The Blind Beggar, Barmy Park, and the Museum of Childhood. Just some of the stories from this epitome of an East End neighbourhood.
9. SEVEN DIALS & ST GILES
Two Ghettos that developed from different sources. Leprosy and plague feature so face masks essential
10. WREN’S CITY CHURCHES.
Wren rebuilt 50 City churches after the Great Fire of London. This talk investigates the 23 that remain intact.
11. GOODMAN’S FIELDS
A walk around Aldgate on this virtual near East End walk.
12. CITY STREET ART
Traditional statues, Building Decoration and Modern Art all feature on this look at street art in The City of London.
13.A WALK THROUGH CLERKENWELL
From Farringdon Station to Exmouth Market.
In the shadow of Westminster & Parliament we wander through the streets od St James and Pimlico.
The leafy squares of Islington form the core of this virtual walk.
At the top end of Caledonian Road this square mile has several layers of history to tell
17. KINGS CROSS
A look at its history and the new development.
Plenty of scandal on this tour
A look at the area South of London Bridge
20. CITY ALLEYWAYS
An attempt to get from Liverpool Street to Bank using alleyways, passages and paths
Two sieges, Mandy Rice Davies, Wallace Simpson & The Beatles all feature on this virtual walk.
22. SOMERS TOWN
Interesting Social Housing, Layers of immigration, Mary Wollstonecraft and Alison Steadman all turn up.
23. THE GEORGIAN CITY
Not the developing West End but how in the 18th century The City became The Heart of The Empire.
24. IN THE SHADOW OF ST PAULS
You could pay £20.00 to visit The Cathedral but there’s plenty of art and history in the immediate vicinity.
25. HATTON GARDEN
More than just the jewellery trade we discover palaces, courtiers, rookeries and Enfield’s finest(?)
26. CHAUCERS LONDON
The peasants revolt, internecine wars between The City Magnates and Chaucers characters.
27. MAIDA VALE & LITTLE VENICE
Named after the Battle of Maida this area has crammed a lot into its 200 year history
From September 1940 to May 1941 London was targetted by The Luftwaffe. This is The City’s story of that time.
Stucco Housing, award winning estates, Victorian Scandals and the birth of Lawn Tennis. All on reclaimed land.
30. MEDIEVAL CITY STREET MARKETS
From 13th century to The Great Fire of London we investigate the smells, sounds and site of medieval markets.
31. THE DARK SIDE OF THE CITY
Execution Sites, Prisons, Murders and Ghosts. Watch it if you dare.
32. PRIORIES, FRIARIES, NUNNERIES AND HOSPITALS.
This looks at the religious houses that ringed The City until The Reformation.
New River, Regents Canal, Joe Orton, Pink Floyd, CharlesLamb plus lots more all within a few minutes of Angel Tube.
The conservation area is covered including medieval manor houses, The Jewish connection and St Dunstan’s.
35. SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY.
Although we associate The Bard with Shoreditch and Bankside he had at least three addresses inThe City and monuments and connections are numerous.
China Town, The Docks and a quintessential East End community all visited.
The Abbey, several types of industry, art galleries and museums.