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‘Beating the Bounds’ 2

June 5 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Islington & Hackney Border, Regent’s Canal south to the City:

Continuing our exploration of the Islington and Hackney border, walking from De Beauvoir and the Regent’s canal to Finsbury, Shoreditch and the edge of the City in Moorfields. A varied mix of City Livery Company history, ironworks, canal basins, WWII devastation, the lost hospitals quarter, a natural swimming pool and a mediaeval well.

‘Beating the Bounds’ to mark and confirm the borders between parishes is an ancient tradition, where the border was literally paced out, agreed and marked with stones each year. This is the second in a series of planned walks exploring the borders of today’s Islington Borough, looking at how this has evolved over the centuries due to a mix of changing land ownership, parish church catchments, significance of early settlements and roads, and natural features such as springs and ponds.

This walk starts at the Rosemary Branch by the canal and ends near Old St Station.

Upcoming date: Saturday 5th June 2021, 2pm

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