David Brown

David on Primrose Hill Taken by Elly Clarke

Lover of Clerkenwell, old maps, history, urban development, underground rivers, and Tudor and Jacobean London

I am also a City of London Guide, City of Westminster Guide, and a Founder Member of the Camden Tour Guide’s Assoication, and lives in Camden. I founded Footprints of London, and also guide at St John’s Gate Museum, Canonbury Tower, the Billingsgate Bath House in the City of London, and for the National Trust at 2 Willow Road in Hampstead.

I’m a member of London Historians, and hold a Masters in Historical Research from the University of London. And I spend a lot of time in archives exploring details of parts of London.

I specialise in history walks and genealogy walks.

The history walks are based on my love of old maps, a strong interest in how urban areas develop, and the understanding how the past shapes the present. I bring areas of London to life for clients. Special interests include Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean and Georgian London, the Hidden Rivers of London (like the Tyburn, Fleet and Walbrook Rivers).

My genealogy walks involve taking people around part of the London that were occupied by your ancestors. I research locations that your ancestors lived and worked in, track down buildings and churches and other places that they are associated with, and in a customised tour, show them to you, while suggesting what London was like at the time.

Contact me at [email protected] to book me for a group walk or a genealogy walk. My rates are reasonable, and client feedback suggests that the walks are both entertaining and informing.

David’s walk portfolio in the local area includes:

  • Historical Clerkenwell
  • Literary Clerkenwell
  • Finsbury’s Secret Burial Grounds and Plague Pits
  • Exploring Ely Place and Hatton Garden
  • Shakespeare and Company in Clerkenwell
  • Following the Hidden Fleet Rivers

Feedback from clients:

“I had the pleasure of participating in David’s walk around Clerkenwell last week, together with a friend who is a local resident. It was a revelation. David brought the buildings and people of this fascinating neighbourhood to life and demonstrated how layer upon layer of history are to be found in these narrow streets, squares and alleys. If his other tours are as well researched and presented as this, I will certainly be trying some of his others.” PT

“It was excellent. We both enjoyed it enormously and learnt masses of new things about an area I thought I knew well. ” AT

“I really enjoyed your walk around Euston today. It was an area I didn’t know much about and you brought it to life and made it so interesting. You had a good mixture of information about the social history of the area, its buildings and its residents and some fabulous stories about those who have made their mark in this part of London. I will recommend it to my friends – it was a great way to spend a couple of hours.” KP

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