We see some remarkable stuff on this walk. Here's the briefest of samplings. (More in the pipeline.)
The contrasts on the walk are extraordinary. You don't just feel
close to the past in some of these nooks and crannies. You feel
closed in by the past. It takes real burrowing to get to – and
get into – these forgotten old corners. No way you're going to
casually find your way into these places. No way you're going
to happy clappy "happen on" to them.
Evidence of a more recent episode in London's history. Yes,
that's shrapnel damage pock-marking the wall.
Some of the particulars – the details – are gob-smacking.
Never forgetting that in this part of London Shakespeare's time
here – let alone Dickens' – is the recent past!
Unfortunately there's no access to this interior. But the exterior
is no less remarkable. We see a baker's dozen or so of buildings
and structures that Shakespeare will have known. The "complex"
(ugly word) of which this dining hall is just one part is the most
remarkable of the lot. It is, as Pevsner says, the finest example
in London of a Tudor Great House.