Events Panel: Explore the Smithfield area – body snatchers, prisons, secret weapons and much more
8th December 2022 from 11:00am — 12:30pm •
This is a tour that tells the tale of crime and punishment, executions and excess.
Our tour starts south of the sedate St Paul’s Cathedral but did you know its churchyard was once a place for book burning, fiery sermons and hanging, drawing and quartering? Our walk, which takes about 90 minutes, will visit:
St Paul’s Churchyard, the medieval equivalent of Twitter
Paternoster Square and Temple Bar, where people were pilloried
Greyfriars Church: a ruinous church, haunted by a wicked queen
Old Bailey: the former Newgate Gaol and a place for public executions – and a daring escapee
Smithfield: where martyrs were executed, by burning at the stake – even boiled alive
Bartholomew Fair: a raucous festival the Victorians finally banned
Charterhouse: a peaceful part of London but where death lies underneath
We will finish with a sandwich lunch in our own Livery Hall.
Tickets £15 (includes VAT and lunch)