Thomas More & Thomas Cromwell’s London – The City of Wolf Hall

Thomas More & Thomas Cromwell’s London – The City of Wolf Hall
14:30 Sat 25th Jan 2020 Liverpool Street Station

The Walk creates a portrait of London in the early 16th Century, with particular emphasis on the life and times of Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More.

More and Cromwell had much in common, despite being on opposite sides of the religious devide, both lawyers, commoners, important figures in the City of London. They both rose to be Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, and ended their career on the block at Tower Hill.

The walk visits the sites of Thomas More’s birthplace, and the Town houses of More and Cromwell before exploring the Tudor City of London, including the Guildhall and St. Pauls where Martin Luther’s books where burnt.

We end with an exploration of the Reformation at its London epicentre in Smithfield – site of the stake where Heretics were burnt alive, surrounded by Catholic Monasteries and playing a significant part in the life and downhall of Thomas More.

This is a London Walks guided walk given by Kevin Flude

Southwark & Bankside Pub Tour. London Bridge Tube, 7.15 22nd Feb Tooley St Exit

Southwark & Bankside Pub Tour.

London Bridge Tube, 7.15 22nd Feb Tooley St Exit

Southwark has a unique historic and literary heritage and an authentic historic ambiance, with beautiful views of the Thames and the City of London. Plus some of London’s most famous Pubs!

Historic Southwark is chock-full of famous people, and we encounter traces of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens as we explore the history of London’s most famous suburb. Its location at the south end of London Bridge made it a key strategic and commercial site. This was where the great Medieval Inns were located, and from where Chaucer’s pilgrimage set off for Canterbury. Its independence from the City made it a haven for ‘undesirable’ elements and it became the home of the Medieval Stews (Brothels), and also the home of the Shakespearean Stage. On the walk we explore the sites of the Globe, the Rose, the Swan and the Bull and Bear Baiting Pits and Shakespeare’s role in the area. By the Victorian period its nature had changed completely into an industrial centre, home of notorious slums, of debtors prisons, and of charitable hospitals. It became one of the main inspirations for Dickens London fiction whose father was imprisoned here for debt when Dickens was a young boy. It was at the White Hart that Dickens introduced Sam Weller into the flagging story of the Pickwick Sporting Club – the character who saved Dickens literary career.

This is a London Walks Guided Walk by Kevin Flude

Bermondsey – Archaeology & History. 2.30 Feb 22

Bermondsey – Archaeology & History. 2.30 Feb 22 2020
Bermondsey Tube

Bermondsey has a fascinating history which can be traced back to important prehistoric discoveries. It was home to one of Britain’s leading Monasteries, and was, for a time, fashionable. But as London swallowed it up, it became a very polluted and over-crowded industrial area. It was an important part of Britain’s economy and saw the invention of the tin can. It also housed the largest hat making and leather working factories in the world. Of course it attracted the attention of Dickens and it is here that the devilish Bill Sykes met his end.

Although parts of Bermondsey have become fashionable again much of its heritage and charm remain intact which will make a pleasant afternoon stroll.

 

This is a London Walks Guided Walk by Kevin Flude

 

Bishopsgate Ward Walk. 2nd Feb 20 10.45.

Bishopsgate Ward Walk. 2nd Feb 20 10.45.
Liverpool St Tube. Bishopsgate Exit. Top of Escalator

The next in a series of occasional Ward Walks. This is a chance to explore a small area of the historic City of London in detail. The area in question Bishopsgate is split into 2 parts – Within Bishopsgate and Without the gate. This means that the Ward covers two of the most fascinating areas of the City of London – from the Gate to Leadenhall Street, and outside the Gate to the border of Shoreditch. The extramural section was an area of monastic settlements, burial grounds, grand housing, and on the periphery slums. Inside the Gate were prime business locations, important markets and Parish Churches. Along the way we will look at the archaeological discoveries and the historic and literary associations of the area, including local resident William Shakespeare.

This is a London Walks Walk by Kevin Flude

Tower to Rotherhithe Riverside Walk. Feb 1st 2.30

Tower to Rotherhithe Riverside Walk.
Tower Hill Tube. Feb 1 2020 2.30

This is a lovely walk along the River Thames from Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe Tube Station. We walk in the City, Southwark, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, through areas famous for Dickens. lived in by Gulliver, painted by Turner and Whistler, and we end where the Mayflower began its journey to the New World.

We will see great views of the River and its architecture and look at the history of the River Thames from the Roman period to the 21st Century. We will be. exploring old warehouses, old palaces, former tea gardens, churches, council estate and infamous areas of slums which are now much prized housing areas.

This is a London Walks Walk by Kevin Flude

Romans in London 2.30pm Monument Underground Sun 26th January 2020

Romans in London
2.30pm Monument Underground Sun 26th January 2020

This walk will investigate the ground breaking archaeological discoveries of Roman London. We will also try to reconstruct life in a provincial Roman Capital using archaeological and literary sources.

We begin at the site of the Roman Bridge, and then explore Roman Government as we walk towards the Roman Town Hall. We then walk to the site of the excavation called ‘the Pompeii of the North’. and the Temple of Mithras. We finish with a walk along the Roman High Street to end at the site of the Roman Amphitheatre.

This is a London Walks Walk by Kevin Flude

Blackfriars to Fleet St. Pub Tour. Jan 25th 7.15 Blackfriars Tube

Blackfriars to Fleet St.  Pub Tour.
Jan 25th 7.15 Blackfriars Tube

We take a slice of London’s history as we explore the banks of the River Fleet. On the East Bank, the Roman Wall and Blackfriars Monastery in the shadow of St Pauls. On the West Bank, Fleet Street and Legal London. To reflect on our discoveries we stop in some of London most historic and beautiful pubs.

Our timespan will stretch from the Romans to the Present day, and we will discover Palaces, Monasteries, Roman Temples, and visit the home of Katherine of Aragon; the Street of Shame, the best modernist building in the City, and Wren’s best Spire. A feast of topography, history, architecture and literature not to mention the best pubs!

This is a London Walks guided walk given by Kevin Flude

 

Performance at Spineless Authors Night

I read Chapter 11 of my first novel at the Clapton Hart ‘Spineless’ Authors’ Night.
It was a bit of a multi-media performance as music is an integral part of the work.   I was quite nervous as on the previous outing at Spineless I knew the first chapters were funny and dramatic.
This one not so sure about as it depends on farce, and didn’t know if others would find it funny or just unbelievable..
 ​Chapter 11 – ‘Getting it straight in Notting Hill Gate’
Play list on Spotify called ‘Notting Hill’
It got  a few laughs,  generous applause and people were kind enough to say they thought it was good.  One fellow author said the LSD scene was very realistic which he thought was difficult to do.
A member of one of the writers groups I attend was chatting with me afterwards when another person came up to say how good he thought it was.  The group member said something to the effect that  ‘yes we have heard the development of the novel over the years, and let me tell you there have been some longueurs’
longueurs
  1. a tedious passage in a book, piece of music,

Myths, Legends & the Origins of London. Tower Hill Tube 5th Jan 2019

Myths,  Legends & the Origins of London.  

Jan 5 2019 10.45

Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram |

London like Rome has its myths of origins, and its legends of Gods, giants and super-heros. They are mostly derided by modern archaeologists. But is there any truth in them or are they just really interesting stories?

This walk, led by Kevin Flude, a former archaeologist at the Museum of London looks at the archaeological evidence of the origins of London and reconsiders London’s myths and legends.