The Tower: The Jewel of Canonbury
Led by a London Historians Member from the Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association.
Built in the early 1500s, the building is a remarkable survivor. Owned by the Dukes of Northampton, it has only recently been made accessible to the public. It was originally built by the priors of St Bartholomew but confiscated by Henry VIII under the Dissolution. It then passed through many hands including Thomas Cromwell, Francis Bacon and Oliver Goldsmith. Fabulous views and things to see, inside and out.
Owing to limited space, depending on numbers our group will be split in two and staggered 15 minutes apart.
After the tour we'll break for lunch locally (not included in price), then commence on...
The Walk: Creatives, Canons and The New River
Led by London Historians Member Sue Sinton Smith.
Join us on a walk behind the busy streets of Essex Road and Upper Street. Learn about some of the people who lived here in the past and find out how and why the area has evolved to become one of London’s most sort-after postcodes within one of London’s poorest boroughs. Hidden away in the first house in Islington’s first square is one of the world’s most important art collections which you will be sure to want to check out for yourselves. I will show you a beautiful part of the 400 year old New River and share some of its stories. Once you have been introduced to this fascinating corner you’ll want to return and explore further.
London Historians Members Only.