Clerkenwell. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps.
- Travel & Outdoor
- North side of St John's Square outside The Modern Pantry, EC1V 4JJ London
This 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 the wonderful Clerkenwell Tales bookshop in Exmouth Market.
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