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Trouble and Strife in the Religious Life, A Walk Through Historic Clerkenwell
Join us for a lovely summers walk through fascinating Clerkenwell. This area fell outside the walls of the City and due to the plentyfull supply of fresh water (hence the name ClerkenWell, and we will get a chance to actually look into the Well) it attracted numerous religious establishments. All of whom have incredible histories; like Charter House now the original home of the famous public school who's alumni have graced the pages of English history, but which was origionally a monestary established to pray for the souls of victims of the Great Plauge. However, they met a very bloody end at the hands of Henry the 8th when he dissolved the monestaries in 1530. We will also pass St John's Gate, all that remains of a huge monestary which was the home of the Knights Hospitallers, holy warriors who fought holy war initially in the holy land, but laterally in Cyprus, Rhodes, and Malta against the Ottoman Empire. Also on route will be St Ethdra's Church the oldest Catholic Church in England, the Church is all that remains of one of the most wealthy religious establishments in England. It actually featured in two of Shakespeare's history plays, and is where Shakespeare's 2nd most patriotic lines were spoken. We have done a variant of this walk and it was very popular so do not miss it. The walk will be guided by Michael co organiser of LFW. The walk starts outside the Barbican Tube Station. It is about three miles long, and will take around two hours to complete. The cost of the walk is £8. The walk will finish near St Paul Cathedral, and will be rounded of at the First Dates Cafe where we can chat over a coffee and slice of cake. This is my favourite walk, I am looking forward to seeing my old and knew friends after my summer break in the sun.

Barbican Tube Station

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    We are a London walking group with an emphasis on the social/communal aspect of walking. Our aim is to bring Londoners together to make friends, and help make London a friendly, happy place to live in. And what better way to this than by exploring this magnificent fascinating city which we all share. This is after all the City of Shakespeare and Dickens, Charles the 1st and Oliver Cromwell, Handel and Hendrix, Peter Pan and Paddington Bear. There are traces of their lives and adventures all around us, it's just a matter of knowing where to look ;-)

    Everybody is welcome - inclusivity is our middle name, all you need are a sensible pair of shoes and a friendly disposition.

    Walks will take place on a fortnightly basis on Sundays at 1pm, usually outside a major tube station which will be the starting point from which we will explore an area of our magnificent city. Walks will finish with walkers retiring to a coffee house, atmospheric pub or cafe for a good old fashioned friendly chat...

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