OLD BERMONDSEY #2
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
A lost river, Dickensian slums, and the jam factory workers who sparked an uprising
1115am to depart at 1130am sharp outside London Bridge Station (RENDEZVOUS LOCATION TO BE MAILED TO WALKERS)
This walk back into London's maritime past will follow in the footsteps of Pepys, Dickens and JMW Turner, to take in historic docks, great river views west to the Shard and Tower Bridge, and some wonderful Victorian-era factory buildings which produced jam, biscuits, cocoa, custard for UK and global markets. There's also fascinating social and political history - a famous uprising by female jam-factory workers and championed by London's first female mayor led to improved pay and conditions.
We will see:
- Jacob's Island - once home to a dreadful 'rookery' slum that inspired one of Dickens' pivotal scenes in Oliver Twist
- St Saviour's Dock - atmospheric site of one of London's lost rivers and a place of execution...
- Victorian factories that witnessed the 1911 Bermondsey Uprising
- the charming riverside statues of the Salters - local social reformers - their daughter and cat!
- the last visible remnant of one of London's lost rivers - the Neckinger
- the ruined remnants of Edward lll's C14th Manor House
As usual we'll end up in a quirky pub - please email me asap to confirm if you'd like to book a place for lunch (not included).
Final details will be sent by email.
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