Explore the macabre history of "Smooth Field" (aka Smithfield) on this special London Month of the Dead walking tour.
In medieval times Smithfield was used as a brutal public execution ground (‘Braveheart' William Wallace and Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, not to mention some 200 ‘heretics’ in the reign of Mary Tudor, met their grisly ends here) as well as doubling up as a meat market, which has existed for a thousand years and still supplies the capital's restaurants and shops. The current market building was designed by Sir Horace Jones, the Victorian architect of Tower Bridge.
We will hear of revolution, subterranean secrets, stories of some of the capital’s finest pubs and of how Londoners once managed, quite legally, to sell their wives at Smithfield. Pete will also highlight the area’s links to bodysnatching, the case of one of London's most famous ghosts - and the history of Bartholomew Fair – the most debauched and drunken holiday in the calendar - which lasted for seven centuries before being killed off by the prurience of the Victorians.
Pete Smith is a Devon-born academic who has lived in London since the age of ten. Since retiring as Head of English and Dean of Arts at Brunel University (a job he describes as very like managing the salad bar at Smithfield Meat Market), he has reinvented himself as a City of London and City of Westminster guide and freelance lecturer.
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Disclaimer: All information given is correct at the time of compiling the listings. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.2021-10-02 11:00 2021-10-02 11:00 Europe/London Death and debauchery - A Guided Tour of Smithfield Explore the macabre history of "Smooth Field" (aka Smithfield) on this special London Month of the Dead walking tour. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/10/02/death-and-debauchery-a-guided-tour-of-smithfield-274206 ,,, Meeting point to be confirmed