10 Apr

The latest City Walk covered the route of the Great Fire of London starting at the Golden Boy statue on Pye Corner. Yes, that is where it ended rather than started, but a number of the walkers had attended the Court meeting that afternoon and the end of the fire is much closer to IT Hall where the meeting was held! We had the same excellent guide who took us on our walk in January and he had to work particularly hard this time to be heard above the plastic flapping on the scaffolding in the high winds that whistled around Pye Corner as we set off! The hour and a half flew by as we progressed via Barts, the Old Bailey, Apothecaries Hall and St Paul’s to the Monument viewing on the way houses that survived the Great Fire and a number that were built very shortly after to Charles II’s plan for the City. Amazing to find these gems hidden in backways and courtyards behind Ludgate Hill. We also now know why the church is called St Andrews by the Wardrobe as we have seen the site and know the story of King Richard’s wardrobe that was destroyed in the fire. The evening ended in the Walrus and Carpenter with substantial pies for supper and a certain amount of ale! Many thanks to David Glasspool from the Events Management Committee who was in charge of all the arrangements.

The next walk will be in Docklands – details will be in Clerk’s Notes soon.

Mary Hardy