London's Lost Rivers: Guided walk of the River Fleet
Tuesday 25 May 2021
11:00 - 14:00 BST
London’s Lost Rivers: Guided walk of the River Fleet
Tuesday 25th May
Paul Talling, author of London’s Lost Rivers, will guide a walking tour of the lower part of the lost River Fleet’s course. Starting in Blackfriars – originally the site of a Dominican Monastery, we will meander our way at a leisurely pace for approximately three and a half hours, with a comfort break midway, ending at St Pancras Old Church. Paul is a mine of information, whose knowledge covers the London sewer system, sites of old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the Fleet, Holborn viaduct, Smithfield Market and Hockley-in-the-Hole. “In Roman & Anglo-Saxon times the Fleet was a major river, but the flow was greatly reduced as London’s population grew and industry and human waste polluted the river by the 13th century. The lower section of the river was then known as the Fleet Ditch and was little more than a large open sewer.”
Join us to hear more! The walk is outdoors and will continue regardless of weather, dress accordingly!