“Butchers!” Bloody Smithfield - Full Guided Walk (Sunday 19th January)

“Butchers!” Bloody Smithfield - Full Guided Walk 

This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide whose services we are using just for this event. This walk will last for about 2 hours and has been organised solely for members of Friends in London. Numbers for this walk have to be limited to a maximum of 45. Please only book if you definitely intend to come and please do not cancel within 24 hours of the walk as this ruins it for our other members who want to come. 

Date: Sunday 19th January 2014 

Time: 2pm. 

Where: Outside Farringdon Tube Station. 

We will meet outside the Station. 

Nearest Tube: Farringdon on the Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines. 

Check the MAP. 

Host: John Pullen[masked] 

Cost: £8 collected at the beginning of the walk. 

A Happy New Year to all our regular and new members of our guided walks in 2014. We have many new walks lined up for this year as well as a couple of old ones which many of you have asked us to repeat. And starting this month, we shall be holding more walks throughout the year. That is another thing many of you have requested. 

Some of you will remember we did the Smithfield area in our night-time Halloween walk. But this is the daytime version with a whole host of new and interesting stories from the history of London. 

And some of the most infamous stories from history took part in Smithfield. We will hear about a horde of revolting peasants and stand on the spot where they were betrayed. And close by is the site of some of the bloodiest executions to have ever taken place in London. 

It is an area that was home to one of the most infamous and notorious prisons and public execution sites in Britain and we will hear how the Lady of Justice rose up from it. 

Of course, it is also famous for its meat market which has a history of its own. 

But it’s not all blood and death. We will hear the tale of the King’s Fool who opened a hospital and explore the wrong-doings at the Cloth Fair and find out about a very naughty poet. 

Not only this, we shall see some of the best preserved churches in London and hear their stories involving such characters as Pocahontas, Henry Wood and…..Hugh Grant! 

Finally, as we come to the end of another successful series of “Sherlock” on BBC TV, we shall see the exact spot where we now know Sherlock Holmes didn’t die??? (Episode: Jan 1st 2014). 

After our very successful previous guided walks, we are once again using the services of Daniella; a professional badged London Guide who will bring all these stories to life. I will of course be there to help out with the organisation of the event and to find a nice pub at the end where we can have a few “Bloody Marys” or some calming drinks. So if you fancy joining a really friendly and interesting bunch of people, come and have a “butchers” at Smithfield! 


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  • Cris G.

    Very well organized, nice group and a great guide.

    January 19, 2014

  • Tiranth

    A very interesting tour and very well presented by Daniella. It was a relatively small area but what remarkably interesting history.

    January 19, 2014

  • Ed

    Excellent, if chilly "Walk". Or stand more like it - quite a small area with a surprising amount of history imaginatively presented by Daniella. EXCELENT choice of pub - an area to ourselves, and reasonably quiet. Well done John!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Philippa

    Most informative - thank you Daniella.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • John

    A big thank you to everyone who came and made it an even better afternoon and evening n the pub as well. See you in Feb for the Valentines Walk.

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Adam Y.

    Very interesting and enlightening!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Sharon G.

    I have really been looking forward to the walk.Looks like I got wrong train though as I ended up at Three Bridges, in wrong direction and there no way I'll be able to make it to Farringdon by 2. Very sorry and very angry with myself for silly mistake

    January 19, 2014

  • Romi

    Hi John, I am still on my way but being rerouted due to engineer work on SW trains... hope I'm not too late :/

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Sorry unable to make it now.....

    January 19, 2014

  • Anne M.

    I'm only seeing this message now, I can't make it, hopefully someone else can take my place.

    January 19, 2014

  • debbie

    So sorry to be missing this.

    January 17, 2014

  • Mudi

    Unfortunately, I now have the flu and I can't make it anymore :-(

    January 17, 2014

  • Mudi

    Unfortunately, I now have the flu and I can't make it anymore :-(

    January 17, 2014

  • Rocky

    Love walking and exploring new areas

    January 13, 2014

  • Romi

    Yay for Bloody Sundays ;)

    January 11, 2014

  • John

    Hi Mel,
    Your son is possibly a bit young to get the maximum out of it. About 15-16 is the youngest we have had. Let me ask the Guide for her opinion.

    January 8, 2014

  • Mel

    Many thanks

    January 7, 2014

  • Mel

    Hi - is an 11 year old (my son) welcome on this tour? Would it appeal to his age?

    January 7, 2014

  • David

    Sorry, another clash. For fans of Sherlock, nearby is the hospital from which Benedict Cumberbatch 'fell' at the end of series 2.

    January 7, 2014

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