On Saturday, 16th May 2015, Steve Hammond took Lynn Holman for a walk in London – in the City area and mainly of historic places. They did get rather caught up with a display of models of Shaun the sheep which were then dotted around in London. The images of Shaun will come later in this article.
This article is not a specially written travel type one – it is from Facebook postings and comments with photos and a few added explanatory notes.
First the route: A hand drawn map by Steve. The visiting points are numbered. Arrow indicates the start point.
Lynn: I asked Steve to remind me where we walked, he didn’t expect me to publish his rough map with spelling mistakes but I rather like it.
Arthur: I like it too. Maps of any kind fascinate me.
Lynn: I wanted to know how far we walked but hadn’t the energy left to investigate
Next some general Facebook comments about the outing.
Lynn added 33 new photos to her Facebook album: London History walk.
Lindsay: Could you please label these so that I know where they are – thanks!
Lynn: I’m getting on to it Lindsay, give me a chance, busy busy w/e!
Lindsay: Excuses, excuses!
Peter: Beautiful pics. My favourite city!
Lynn: Where is my picture of the two tiny mice fighting over a slice of cheese? That was the first thing we visited. Took me ages to spot them. Twelve places you wouldn’t spot if you weren’t looking. ( London’s littlest places – from its smallest statue to its…) Link to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Londons-tiny-attractions
Two tiny mice fighting over a piece of cheese have adorned the cornice at the left side of the building on the corner of Philpot Lane at Eastcheap, EC3, since 1862. They’re said to be a memorial to two men working on the Monument nearby who fell to their deaths during a scuffle when one accused the other of eating his lunchtime cheese sandwich. Mice were subsequently discovered to have been the culprits
No 1. The Monument
Jenny: Was the Monument open, Lynn? Did you climb to the top?
Lynn: It was open, Jenny but I didn’t want to kill Steve Hammond at the start of our day!
Arthur: I have a certificate for climbing to the top on my 75th Birthday. Just boasting.
Jenny: I have a certificate too Arthur – I’ll give it another go when I get to 75 (wink)
Lynn: A Link http://www.themonument.info
Arthur: This is the fun bit, Lynn. Looking up all the places you visited and were too tired to appreciate it all at the time. I like the contrast between the old [monument] and the new [the crane].
Lynn: True Arthur, I was excited to be seeing London properly and very distracted by Shaun! Steve likes the contrast too but I rather think the new spoils the old and not sure I like seeing so many tall cranes about. But it does fascinate me how they can build tall buildings in such small spaces surrounded by so many other buildings.
Arthur: Fascinating subject which I once looked – how the cranes are erected and then dismantled later.
No 2. The Walkie Talkie Building at 20 Fenchurch Street
Arthur: I have never heard of the walkie talkie building.
Lynn: It’s in the picture with the one with the Dutch shaped gable.
Lynn: There are three floors of sky top gardens to visit but they wouldn’t let us in! You have to book at least three days in advance but nobody told us.
Lynn: Fern will be working here when her maternity leave ends. This building was melting cars a while back!
Arthur: Was that the place with the dangerous reflection of the sun?
Lynn: Yes it was Arthur, around the time that my curved garden mirror tried to set fire to my shed!
Lynn: This is the wall I was telling you about Fern. I want updates when you get back to work please x
Fern Oki doki x
No 3. The Tower of London.
Arthur: My old home in the 1940s.
Link: The lion statues made of wire……… http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/royal-beasts-at-tower-of-london-article-10531.html
In an email from Lynn: Another thing that I didn’t know at the time. There was no explanation or plaque to read and we did wonder last Saturday what they were doing there. Now I know. I will be able to tell Steve something he doesn’t know!
The church is All Hallows-by-the-Tower
The ticket office is for admission to the Tower. But it is free to walk around the river side area.
Lynn: Opposite the Tower of London if you get thirsty.
No 4. St Katherine’s Dock and The Dickens Inn
Lynn: St Katherine’s dock. A quiet contrast a minute away from the hustle and bustle at the Tower of London.
Arthur: An amazing little place to visit. Love going there.
Gill: Sarah works there. Her offices overlook the dock.
Lynn: Lucky Sarah!
Arthur: If I remember correctly I once saw a Thames sailing barge in there. Cannot remember where it was registered.
Nicola: We saw a Thames barge in there when we went to see the poppies at the Tower, I can’t remember where it was registered either.
Arthur: What poor memories we have.
Subsequently Arthur checked on Index Item No 20 where he recorded seeing six sailing barges there and one from Maldon on 8th September 2004.
Lynn: 120 tonnes of building moved just 70 metres to make room for housing at St Katherine’s dock. Lovely atmosphere here and a nice glass of wine.
Nicola: I can see where your priorities lie, no time for food but time for a glass of wine.
Lynn: Of course!
Deb: Love that pub.
No 5. Tower Bridge
We crossed the river from north to south going over Tower bridge. Thus into the Southwark area.
No 6. Potters Field Park
Arthur: The tobacco warehouse is further to the east on the north side of the Thames – an interesting place to visit.
No 7. The Shard
Lynn: The shard…..and if we’d gone up a few steps we’d have seen another ‘Shaun the sheep’ according to the nice couple we met wearing sheep ears and carrying multiple ‘shauns’ in their rucksack.
No 8. The Old Operating Theatre
Lynn: An interesting museum full of old operating instruments and herbs used to treat all sorts of illnesses.
Lynn: Frightening to see the illustrations of operations performed here on the small operating table without anaesthetic or the sterile conditions that we expect today!
No 9. Borough Market
No 10. Cross Bones
Arthur: The Bishops of Winchester owned that area that specialised in brothels. Thus the name for the prostitutes.
Lynn: Cross Bones is a sad quiet place that is packed to the brim with dead people. Just round the corner from http://www.clink.co.uk the prison museum that you have to pay to enter. We didn’t enter, far too much free stuff to see!
No 11. Globe Theatre
Lynn: Shakespeare’s globe. Steve fancied seeing a play here but I didn’t. Had enough of Shakespeare while studying for my English lit exam
memo: Not the original Globe but a modern reconstruction.
The Tate Modern
Lynn: I forgot to mention our visit to the Tate gallery. What on earth is that about! Call me a heathen but I didn’t understand anything there. It was a special dance weekend too with people prancing about doing things I struggled to understand, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. My third visit there and each one gets more confusing!
Then a walk back to the north side of the Thames over The Millennium Bridge.
Arthur: Very good view of St Paul’s from that bridge.
Lynn: The millennium bridge, legs aching now, close to the end of our tour
No 12. St Paul’s Cathedral.
Lynn: A link: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/…/sightseeing-times-prices
No 13. Postman’s Park
Arthur: Postman’s Park!
Lynn: Yes Arthur! Another really peaceful place to visit. Humbling plaques on the wall telling of heroic deaths.
Lynn: A Link: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postman%27s_Park
Arthur: I would walk through there every time I went to visit Amber in nearby Bart’s.
Lynn: I truly hope there are some happy memories amongst the very sad ones. xx
Arthur: Yes indeed. In the 1950s I worked in Faraday Building very near St Paul’s (as night telephonist) and explored all around there in my breaks in the early hours of the morning. It is all so very different now.
No 14. Grey Friars Garden
Arthur: Where is this?
Lynn: Christchurch Grey Friars church garden, right in front of St. Paul’s cathedral
Lynn: Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden (www.londongardenstrust.org)
– – – – beautiful wisteria surrounding this garden, reminded me of the
Arthur: That is an interesting link – not seen that website before. Nice to read ones own writing unexpectedly! That Greyfriars garden has been developed since I worked in that area (1950s). Very interesting.
And that is the end of this walk.
There is now a Gallery of all the Shaun the Sheep that we saw.
Escape route back to INDEX: click HERE. Or continue to see the Shaun Gallery.
The Shauns in London.
For other items, click HERE to see the INDEX
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