AMENDED Afternoon walk: The City at Work (2016 edition)

Tue 24th May 2016

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Event Details Updated
Note: * Amended (temporary) phone number 0740 1530 698 * Monument may be closed for temporary repairs so no longer included in itinerary * Route extended to 9 miles
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Tower Hill Stn (Tower Of London Exit)

More lanes, byways and hidden passages of "The City" and beyond

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Start and Finish

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Walk Report

The City at Work (2016 edition), Tuesday 24th May 2016
11 walkers, 9 miles - leader Ron Williamson
In the afternoon, Ron led another incredibly detailed and thorough walk though London. This one traced the evidence of the Great Fire of London.
The 350th anniversary of the fire is on the 2nd September this year and you may think, as did the author, that there is very little evidence left of the event but as Ron showed us there are 18 surviving buildings and 18 memorials.
Ron also took us to the Wren churches built after the fire probably the most notable are St Mary Abchurch but restored) and St Stephen Walbrook which both have domes which preceded the great dome of St Paul's. The dome of St Mary Abchurch was rebuilt after the war following bomb damage. It shows a simpler dome than St Stephen's which is smaller but closer to the great of St Paul's Cathedral - a clear progression.
We also traced the history of synagogues, hard to find pubs and, of course the modern buildings littering the City.
In all Ron the walk consisted of 190 turns, 175 thoroughfares (but not one Road) - and 22 tired feet.
Report and photographs by Keith Lane



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