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Whitehall history tour

11.00 meet in the cafe of the Methodist Central Hall opposite Westminster Abbey. 

The tour will start at 11.30 and we'll break for refreshments/lunch from 1.30 to 2.30 in the Lord Moon pub at the top of Whitehall (popular prices) before continuing during the afternoon until around 4 or as members wish. There is plenty of material! We can then take further refreshment.....

Finish near Trafalgar Square.  


From Roman times, one of the foremost cities of England was Winchester although there was often no capital in the modern sense.

 In the mid 11th century, Edward the Confessor decided to build a church at Westminster and to move his court there. William the Conqueror then treated both London and Winchester as capitals but the latter declined in importance over time leaving London ever since as the centre of government of England and latterly of the remainder of the United Kingdom and of the British Empire while it existed.  

Our tour will begin with the precincts (free entry) of the church which Edward established on an existing religious site. 

We'll then move up Whitehall being able to only scratch the surface of such an extraordinary story of triumph and tragedy as the last thousand years of our history. We'll be talking about some of the kings and queens who lived here and about some of the ancient and modern political personalities of Whitehall who enjoyed their moment having 'climbed the greasy pole' - as one of them cynically put it. 

We'll also be looking at many of the buildings and some clues they carry which often pass unnoticed.  

Question to gain your interest! Why did Henry VIII marry in mid air?  

Leader: Mike

Meetup Fee £5 - 

Dee:[masked] 

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  • Julie A.

    Good

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Anna C

    good

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Happygirl

    Despite the freezing weather, it was an interesting walk with good company. Host Mike really knows his history. Most enlightening.

    2 · 6 days ago

    • Mike

      In answer to someone's question. Henry IV died at 46. I assumed around 55-60 from his death mask a photo of which you saw.

      6 days ago

  • Jan

    Enjoyed today very much despite the bitter wind. Thanks for your company and thank you Mike for interesting talk.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Maura Louise G.

    not feeling well today -unexpecedly - hope that you host this tour again.

    6 days ago

    • Mike

      I'm sure we will Maura!

      6 days ago

  • Rita

    Very knowledgeable host! It was so chilly though, I had to leave a little early ❄️

    2 · 6 days ago

  • Mike

    A bit cold but I hope everyone had a stimulating challenging time1

    2 · 6 days ago

  • Mike

    There was little me going to talk about William and Mary in Whitehall. Outside the Xmas party pub in the City this evening are gates donated by - William and Mary!

    6 days ago

  • Mike

    It's turned a little bit warmer and we are promised dry weather and a glimpse of the sun on Sunday. Hats and gloves still a good idea! They don't burn people in Whitehall any more so no 'cheerful blazes' to warm oneself by......

    1 · December 2

  • Heather G.

    Hello,
    Am so sorry I am unable to attend the history tour due to another commitment.

    Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

    Heather.

    November 30

    • Mike

      That's fine Heather. Please cancel your RSVP at screen top so someone else gets on the list.

      November 30

  • Mike

    My tours aim to be more than a series of local anecdotes. The theme for this one is be wary of historical accounts. Where power is concerned endless sly deceptions are employed in describing what happened or is happening.

    November 29

  • Heather G.

    Hello Dee,
    My friend Michael Caplan has added me to his list therefore Am hoping that means you now have the correct amount of people going.
    Looking forward to going on this interesting tour.
    Heather.

    1 · November 28

    • Mike

      As always anyone not coming please cancel your RSVP so others may attend if they wish!

      November 28

  • Jan

    Joined Meetup yesterday (27th) and this will be my first outing. Looking forward to meeting you all!

    1 · November 28

  • Mike

    There is a march on the Supreme Court currently billed for the Monday. Let's hope they don't move it back to Sunday. However, lots of the walk is around Whitehall not actually on it so we can cope. And we'd be long gone from the finish point when the march arrived.

    November 16

  • Mike

    28 max RSVPs this time. The group was a little bit too big last time.

    November 9

  • Mike

    The last one I took the whole tour in one leg and people got a bit tired. This time we'll be more leisurely with lunch in the middle.

    November 2

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