11:45 am - 12:00 am
A guided walking tour of the lower part of the River Fleet's course, London's most well known lost river with Paul Talling, author of London's Lost Rivers. Starting off at an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery (and later a theatre owned by Shakespeare) which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames,a talk about the London sewer system, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfield Market (including a quick look at the derelict parts which is also covered in Paul's Derelict London book), Hockley In-the-Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear baiting where you can now hear the sound of the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones.
Other interesting points along the route include the Clerkenwell courthouse where The Clash were kept in the cells, the site on Farringdon Rd where the Labour Party was founded, the street where Charles Dickens located Fagin's Den ending up at the churchyard where the Beatles shot album sleeve photos.
Please note that this walk is wholly above ground and there will be no subterranean trips down to the sewers! Dogs are welcome.The tour lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours.
By purchasing a ticket for a walk you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
Although public liability insurance is held the organiser shall not be held responsible for accidents, injury, loss or damage to persons or property as a consequence of participation in Paul Talling's walks.Ticket holders are responsible for their own safety while taking part in a walk. The guide is responsible for showing ticket holders sites of interest but not to steward ticket holders across roads etc.
The tour goes ahead regardless of the weather. No refunds due to inclement weather are given.
The walk will depart promptly at the advertised time & will not wait for late-comers. In the event that a ticket holder misses the walk no refund will be given.You are strongly urged to check TFL for weekend engineering works that may affect your journey.
Contact and Booking Details
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