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Sat 2.30 18th Nov 2017

The Archaeology & History of Chelsea  - From King Offa to the Swinging 60s - Sloane Square Tube 

 

The walk will look at the history of Chelsea from its origins in the Saxon period with the Palace of King Offa to the present day.

Chelsea may be best known as the spiritual home of the 'Swinging Sixties but it has many other claims to fame, and its pleasures are attested by the unrivaled quality of its architecture, its famous residents and its local history.

It was home to:

Thomas More, Henry VIII, Turner, Bram Stoker, George Elliot, Rossetti, Whistler, Oscar Wilde, Lawrence Olivier, Mike Jagger, James Bond, George Smiley, Richard Rogers and many many more!.

It was known as a Village of Palaces in the 16th and 17th Centuries but it changed profoundly in the 18th Century when the palaces were torn down and the gardens turned into streets of Town Houses. By the 19th Century it had gone 'downhill' to become a centre of bohemian London, but enriched by a colony of writers and artists. The recovery from urban decline began in the 1950's when Chelsea became the centre of a new vibrant youth culture that rescued London from mediocrity. Sadly, fame contains the seeds of its own destruction, and as it became more fashionable it became less affordable so although the creative 'buzz' has moved somewhere cheaper, Chelsea remains a beautiful place to stroll around in company with its illustrious natives.

 
 

A London Walks walk lead looking at the Archaeology and History of Southwark and the Bankside. This area, to the South of London Bridge, has more prehistoric remains that the City of London and a set of important Roman buildings that suggest it was more than just a suburb of Roman London. On the walk we look at the origins and history of London's most famous Bridge, and its importance for the develpment of London's most famous suburb. The walk will explore the Roman settlement, its decline in the so-called 'Dark Ages' and its reappearance in the 9th Century as a new Bridge was erected. We look at the excavations in and around Southwark Cathedral and end the walk looking at the archaeology of Shakespeare's Stage.

Sat 10:45London Bridge, Tooley Street Exit
 
Sat 2.30 2 Dec 2017 Myths, Legends and the Origins of London - Tower Hill Tube  
Sat 10.45 16 Dec 2017 Exploring Roman London - a Literary & Archaeology Guide Tower Hill Tube  
  Sat 10.45 30 Dec 2017 Medieval & Reformation London  - Smithfield to the Guildhall  - Barbican Underground  
 

2018

 
Sat 10.45 13 Jan 2018  Cromwell and More's Tudor London - St Pauls Tube Exit 2  
Sat 2.30 27 Jan 2018  William Shakespeare and Tudor & Stuart London -  Tower Hill Tube    
Sat 2.30 10 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Southwark - From London Bridge to Bermondsey Abbey - London Bridge - Tooley Street exit  
Sat 2.30 24 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Rotherhithe - Rotherhithe Tube  
  Sat 2.30 10 March 2018 Cornhill - City of London Ward Walk -  Bank Tube Station Exit 3    
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat 2.30 18th Nov 2017 The Archaeology & History of Chelsea  - From King Offa to the Swinging 60s - Sloane Square Tube 


Sat 2.30 2 Dec 2017 Myths, Legends and the Origins of London - Tower Hill Tube


Sat 10.45 16 Dec 2017 Exploring Roman London - a Literary & Archaeology Guide Tower Hill Tube 


Sat 10.45 30 Dec 2017 Medieval & Reformation London  - Smithfield to the Guildhall  - Barbican Underground 


Sat 10.45 13 Jan 2018  Cromwell and More's Tudor London - St Pauls Tube Exit 2 

 

Sat 2.30 27 Jan 2018 William Shakespeare and Tudor & Stuart London -  Tower Hill Tube  


Sat 2.30 10 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Southwark - From London Bridge to Bermondsey Abbey - London Bridge - Tooley Street exit


Sat 2.30 24 Feb 2018 The Archaeology & History of Rotherhithe - Rotherhithe Tube

 

Sat 2.30 10 March 2018 Cornhill - City of London Ward Walk -  Bank Tube Station Exit 3


   

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