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Virtual  Flower of Cities All – History and Archaeology of Mediaeval London

Explore the ancient City of London with an expert…

The walk is led by Kevin Flude, a former archaeologist at the Museum of London, a Museum Curator and University Lecturer.

Click here to meet your guide – it’s a little podcast Kevin’s done about the tour (and himself)

A walk which explores London in the Middle Ages, from 1066 to the end of the 15th Century. In 1066 London was not yet the formal capital but as London expanded it took over from Winchester. By 1400 London was dominating the affairs of the Kingdom in spectacular fashion and had grown into a sophisticated medieval Capital. The Walk takes us from Westminster to Bishopsgate. and to the site of one of the few remaining medieval Churches at St Helens. We follow the route of the 15th-century London Lickpenny poem and look at everyday life in the City in the main market streets of Cornhill, Poultry, Bucklersbury and Cheapside.  We also visit the Guildhall and the City Wall. We will walk in the footsteps of Geoffrey Chaucer, in the muddy City Streets, exploring the unhealthy conditions and poverty amidst great riches and pageantry. We will see where the Italians, the German, the Dutch, the Jews, and the French lived cheek by jowl with native Londoners and immigrants from the Midlands.

REVIEWS (AKA DON’T JUST TAKE IT FROM US)

“Kevin, I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you ever so much for your archaeological tours of London!  I am so thrilled to have stumbled upon your tours! I have wanted to be an archaeologist since 1978 at the ripe old age of 8 years, when my father took me to the Dickson Mounds in Lewiston, Illinois, which was a Native American burial mound site.  It has since been reburied, but a museum remains on site.  I was lucky enough to see the full excavation before it was mandated to be reburied. I was told for years that I could not be an archaeologist [for any number of reasons, which I now realize are completely ridiculous!], so I ended up on a different course of study.  And now at the age of 50, it is my one great regret in life.  So, I am thoroughly enjoying living vicariously through you, the digs you’ve been on, and the history you bring to life for us!  British archaeology would have been my specific area of study had I pursued it.  😊 Thank you SO MUCH for these!  I look forward to them more than you can imagine, and honestly, I’ll be sad if you get them down to 1.5 hours!  They’re the best 2 hours of my week!  🙂 Best, Sue S. Denver, Colorado”