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Clerkenwell's Literary connections

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Outside Barbican tube

135 Aldersgate Street

The City

EC1A 4JA

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Pear Tree Court signThis walk will investigate Clerkenwell's history as a location and subject for stories in fact and fiction as well as examining its role as a hotbed of publishing and printing.

We hear about Thakeray's miserable time at Charterhouse, Shakespeare and Johnston at St John's Gate, Issak Walton's 'Compleat Angler' and Peter Ackroyd's mad nun. The first English science fiction novel was written here by Margaret Cavendish in 1666 and Ned Ward penned his scatalogical masterpeice 'The London Spy'. Pepys records a visit to the local church to ogle the ladies and Mr Brownlow's hankerchief is stolen in 'Oliver Twist'.

The walk is around two hours and finishes at Clerkenwell Green.

Check with Transport for London's Journey Planner for travel information.

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135 Aldersgate Street

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EC1A 4JA

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