London Walks - 2006

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APRIL - There were glimpses of  old sea-going communities from stairs, wharves and waterfronts and stunning views of the more recent developments of Canary Wharf and on the south bank of the Thames.



MAY - Exploration of Rotherhithe and its links with Brunel, the fighting Temeraire and the Mayflower, among other things.
JUNE - A continuance of the "Villages of London" walks.
JULY - The walk followed the valley of the underground River Fleet from Kings Cross, through Clerken-well, to its outfall at Blackfriars.
AUGUST- Although the film "Passport to Pimlico" was not filmed there the group enjoyed a walk around this interesting part of London

SEPTEMBER- We were following some of the doings of Samuel Pepys. We started our walk in Salisbury Court, off Fleet Street, where he was born. We then moved on to St Brides Church where we were met by a colleague of Anita Butts who knew all there was to know and more besides bout the beautiful St Brides. He acquainted us of much and we spent some time looking around. He told us that although it was generally known as the press church it is more accurately the printers' church and this connection dates back to Caxton. An interesting fact he told us was that Wren's famous "Wedding Cake" tower was in fact the precursor of the cake and not the other way round. Apparently a nearby baker needed to produce a special cake for a wedding and inspired by the tower decided to create a tiered one.

It was lunch time when we passed by the very dilapidated St Dunstan in the East which now appears to be a convenient oasis for office workers to take a pleasant break. We popped into St Stephen's Walbrook, another great Wren church and admired the wonderful Henry Moore circular altar. After lunch we visited the church of St Olave's in Hart Street. This church yard is the site of the burial of over three hundred plague victims but was also the parish church for Samuel and his wife Elizabeth. The church was damaged extensively in WW2 but is beautifully restored and contains some attractive monuments including one put up by Pepys in memory of Elizabeth. Nearby in gardens in Hart Street is a 20th Century monument to Samuel himself.

The walk finished at the memorable All Hallows by the Tower church which claims to be the oldest in the city of London. Pepys climbed to the top of the tower here to watch the progress of the Fire of London in 1666. This church has Roman relics and paving in the crypt and has a most magnificent Grinling Gibbons carved font cover. (Report and pictures by Rosemary Morris)

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Above, centre: Elizabeth Pepy's memorial


Above right: Walk organiser Anita Butt provides some information en route


Below, left: A sword stand in St Olave's

Below, right: Pepys' monument in Hart Street


NOVEMBER - This walk was cancelled from October due to bad weather. The starting point was Ye Old White House in Lincoln's Inn to the station of the Cross, via Georgian terraces and Coram's Fields.
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