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Monasteries, Martyrs, Murder & Meat

September 30, 2023 @ 11:00 - 13:00

From St Paul’s via Greyfriars & Old Bailey to Smithfield, St Bartholomew’s & Charterhouse.

The Priory and Hospital of St Bartholomew were founded at Smithfield 900 years ago in 1123.

London has a long and dark history of martyrs, public executions, body snatchers, crime and punishment – and butchery.

Hear tales of hangings and burnings; grave robbers and law enforcement; and the annual fair that became so riotous it was banned after 700 years. Discover medieval monasteries, the country’s oldest hospital and the City of London’s oldest house. See London’s most famous courthouse, on the site of its most notorious former prison.

The walk lasts approximately two hours. Please be prepared for all weather conditions!

Start: St Paul’s tube station, Exit 2 (signed to St Paul’s Cathedral)
Finish: Charterhouse Square (nearest tubes: Barbican, Farringdon)

“I really enjoyed Monasteries, Martyrs, Murder & Meat and felt that Jonathan brought the history of the City to life in an informative and entertaining way.”
“I highly recommend and will definitely do more guided walks with London on the Ground.”