The walk tells the stories of London’s myths, legends and archaeology to find out what they say about the origins of London. As it’s New Year we also look at New Year as it was celebrated in London through the ages.
The walk is led by Kevin Flude, a former archaeologist at the Museum of London, who has an interest both in myths, legends and London’s Archaeology.
The walk will tell the story of the legendary origins of London which record that it was founded in the Bronze Age by an exiled Trojan called Brutus. The new City was called Troia Nova or New Troy, which became corrupted to Trinovantum, and then changed to Lud’s Dun or London. When the Roman system broke down in 410 AD, historical records were almost non-existent until the Venerable Bede recorded the building of St Paul’s Cathedral in 604 AD. The two-hundred-year gap, has another rich selection of legends. The walk will explore these stories and compare the legends with Archaeological discoveries. We also look at New Year Customs and Folklore, and the arrangements of the Calendar for different cultures.
The route starts at Tower Hill, then down to the River at Billingsgate, London Bridge, and into the centre of Roman London.
Myths, Legends & the Origins of London – The Practicals
Myths, Legends & the Origins of London goes at 2 pm on Sunday, January 1. Meet Kevin just outside the exit of Tower Hill Underground Station (look for the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stall, which is just outside the station exit; Kevin will be right there, by the coffee stall).