Walks

Jack the Ripper-Walks

Also provides walks in Smithfield, Spitalfields, Fleet St – the Temple and Wapping and other events such as lectures, meet and greets and public appearances by Jack the Ripper and his Lady. Please contact via 07949 588840 or infojacktheripper.walks@gmail.com for details

Secret Smithfield

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Come to Smithfield an area full of tales of monastic knights, the crusades, plague, rebels and executions. In the 14th and 17th centuries London was devastated by plague, many victims of the first outbreak were buried here in Smithfield and just along the street the Great Fire of London blew out, a fire that no doubt helped stop the second plague!
On the north side of Smithfield lies our wholesale meat market and what an apt place for it to be for in the 15th-16th centuries this was a place of execution! Hear the tales of these unfortunate victims including “Braveheart ” William Wallace and the leader of the peasants revolt, Wat Tyler!

Here at Smithfield many were burnt at the stake for their religious convictions! See St Batholomew’s Church featured in many films dating back to 12th century, hear about the ghost who haunts the churchyard!

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Hidden Spitalfields

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Walk with us around Spitalfield, one of the oldest and one of the most interesting areas in London. Spitalfield lay just outside the walls of the original City of London dating back to Roman times. In Spitalfield only a few years ago a Roman woman’s beautifully decorated coffin was discovered! Nearby you can see what remains of a charnel house where they used to store human bones when the cemetery became full.

Spitalfield that has welcomed immigration over the centuries, the Huguenots, the Jews and many others came to this area and settled. Hear the history of this area today dominated by Spitalfield Market, originally started in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London, today a wonderful market operating during the week but the main day Sunday when you have a great collection of clothes antiques, arts and crafts, food for sale! Wander the market after your walk and sample some of the tasty street food or visit one of the many restaurants!

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Fleet St & the Temple

cache_2470040600We will take a route that lies between Fleet St and the river Thames. Here we will enter the Temple an area dating back to the 12th century that was built by the Knights Templar, at the time the richest monastic order in the world. Hear how they lost their wealth, position and ended up tortured and executed by the King of France!

They lost the Temple, due to this and how it was inherited by another band of knights, learn how it eventually came to be in the hands of the legal profession today. Temple Bar the dividing line between the City of London and the City of Westminster where the heads of convicted criminals were displayed in the 18thc. See The Royal Courts of Justice or The Law Courts as they are known, hear about the crime ridden rookery that stood her before.

Next we will turn our attention to the world of books and printing and the many famous authors who lived and worked here. The newspapers printed here from 1487-1980s. We will hear about Dr Johnson and the first English dictionary, his biographer James Baldwin, who noted down his many pithy sayings and wisecracks for posterity. Charles Dickens, Oliver Goldsmith, Tennyson, Mark Twain who visited or worked here. See one of the oldest pubs surviving today, the first built, just after the Great Fire of London -Ye Old Cheshire Cheese in an alley just off Fleet St, where many of these writers propped up the bar over the ages. Samuel Pepys and his kitchen table operation!

End up by St Brides church Fleet St and visit the crypt to see the remains of six churches that have stood here since Roman times!

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Wapping Pirates and Pubs

cache_2470040679Starting at the Tower of London with the story of Captain Blood who stole the crown jewels, we will explore the fascinating area of Wapping. An area that over the ages has been the haunt of smugglers, pirates, captains and people fleeing from the authorities.

Along the way we will visit three Wapping pubs,all with their own unique individual character. The first Dickens Inn used to be a beer brewery, the Town of Ramsgate a pub so named because fishing ships would arrive from Ramsgate with their fresh catch. A pub where the notorious Judge Jeffreys the “Hanging Judge” a Catholic, who presided over the ‘Bloody Assizes’, was caught trying to escape after the Monmouth Rebellion, just as William of Orange the new Protestant king was arriving here.

We will see Jacobs Island across the river where in Oliver Twist, Bill Sykes fled after the murder of Nancy and met his gruesome fate!

Then make our way downstream, to visit The Captain Kidd pub named after one of the most notorious pirates of all, the who was originally a member of the British navy. Hear the story of his downfall and subsequent execution in 1701. Hear about the many other pirates who were swung here then placed in a gibbet to warn others against piracy!

See where the infamous Captain Bligh of Mutiny of The Bounty fame lived visit the pub where Turner drank brandy and milk during his twilight years.

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