London audio tour: Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell

Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

The walk starts at Farringdon which was the terminus of the first Underground Line in the world. The title – Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice- characterises the rest of the route. We will be following the footsteps of Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, and William Wallace, Scottish patriot. Both met violent deaths in Smithfield, where cattle were also slaughtered until 1855. We also meet Lenin who lived here before he overthrew the Russian Tsar. We'll see three ancient monasteries and London’s oldest hospital. We'll finish by the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court. This was built on the site of Newgate prison, where many famous inmates were incarcerated before being publicly executed until 1976.

Tour Producer

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Brian Cookson

After qualifying as a Russian Interpreter during National Service, I obtained a BA in Russian and German at Oxford University. I spent most of my working life as a computer consultant, mainly working for IBM. When I retired, I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide. I lead guided walking tours all over London and have written two books - 'London Waterside Walks' and 'Crossing the River', published by Mainstream. Information on my tours and lectures can be found at http://www.lonwalk.ndirect.co.uk/.

Major Landmarks

  • Marx Memorial Library

  • St. James's Church London

  • St John's Gate London

  • Smithfield Market

  • The Charterhouse London

  • St Bartholomew the Great

Directions to Starting Point

The walk starts at Farringdon Station which is on the District, Circle and Metropolitan Line. This is also a mainline station on the Thameslink service.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Marx Memorial Library, St James's Church, Museum of the Order of Sy John, Smithfield Market, St Bartholomew the Great Church, Old Bailey

Best time of day

You should do this walk during daylight hours. Weekdays are best if you want to visit some of the buildings

Precautions

As always in London, keep an eye on your belongings and take care crossing roads. There are usually pedestrian crossings, but you sometimes need to walk further to use them.

Comments

Most unusual London tour mixing radical history and ancient architecture

Posted by Kent , over 4 years ago
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Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell