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Walk: Whittington, the Man and the Myth

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Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury

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EC2V 7HH

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Richard ‘Dick’ Whittington (c. 1350-1423) is without question the most famous Lord Mayor of London. His fame extends beyond his life as a medieval merchant into myth, children’s literature and pantomime. Join London history specialist Professor Tracey Hill on a walking tour that throws new light onto Whittington’s life and times. The walk visits the areas where Whittington lived and worked, and locations that still bear evidence of the generous bequests he left to the City. We will then return to Guildhall Library –founded in the early fifteenth century under the terms of Whittington’s will – to view a display of some rare books about Whittington that show how the myth developed. We may even develop some theories about where the cat came from!

Convene at Guildhall Library at 3pm for some brief scene-setting.

3.30pm-c. 5pm: walking tour of locations associated with Whittington, his bequests, and his time in civic office, including Mercers’ Hall, the Vintry, St Michael Paternoster Royal and Whittington College, St Bartholomew’s hospital, Newgate, and the Greyfriars church.

c. 5pm-6.30pm: return to Guildhall Library to view a collection of early printed books and other artefacts associated with Whittington. Refreshments available.

Refunds will only be given if places are cancelled more than 48hours prior to an event (minus the booking fee) or if an event is cancelled by GHL.

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