Apart from working in the City, I’m also a qualified guide in Clerkenwell and Islington. Why not venture further afield into this fascinating area, which has housed religious precincts since the 12th century and developed as one of the early suburbs from the seventeenth century onwards.
Clerkenwell & Islington
I regularly guide at St John’s Gate museum – one of the London’s smaller museums, but a bit of a gem. Well worth a visit and do that the tour, as most of the building is only accessible with a guide.
What the Dickens? – Commissioned for several office parties in 2012 (200th anniversary year of Dickens’ birth). In Clerkenwell you can see where Mr Brownlow was pickpocketed and Oliver arrested, the site of Fagin’s den and meeting pub along Saffron Hill (one a den of vice and robbers) and Smithfield market, through which Bill Sykes drags Oliver on the way to commit their robbery in the leafy countryside near Chertsey.
Churching High and Low – A one-hour lunchtime walk as part of a special week of walks in summer 2013. This tour around Clerkenwell goes through the history of the various Christian forms of worship to be found in the area – from the pre-Reformation St John’s Priory of the Knights Hospitaller to the dissenters and non-conformists, worship in the harsh Coldbath Fields Prison and St Peter’s Church, the headquarters of London’s Italian community in the 19th century.
I also guide for the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides’ Association, for whom walks have included:
Radicals, Religion and Rivers – the history of the growth of Clerkenwell from the 12th century, brought about by its ready supplies of spring water and open lands, a brush with the Peasants’ Revolt and then tracing the areas expansion into industry and craft. A very pleasant walk, which starts a Farringdon tube station (last station of London’s and the world’s first tube line) and ends up nearby at Smithfield, London’s meat market and once a bustling market for live animals.
The Angel’s Delights – tracing the development of this once village into one of London’s inner suburbs, some delightful housing and gardens, the two watercourses of the (now not so) New River (1609-13), the Regent’s Canal (1812-20) and picking out some interesting local residents – Charles Lamb (essayist, poet and which his sister, Mary, of “Lambs’ Tales from Shakespeare” fame), Dame Alice Owen, Lord Fenner Brockway and illustrator and cartoonist George Cruickshank.
Please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org – I’m happy to explore researching and tailoring walks to meet your needs or interests.