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Clerkenwell Squares walking tour
June 13 @ 11:00 am
Monastic Past to Victorian Residential:
For a built-up urban area, Clerkenwell has a perhaps surprising number of green spaces, many of them named as ‘squares’, but not always square in shape. Some are ancient open spaces dating back centuries, particularly in the south of the area closer to the City. Here, monastic houses were founded from the 12th century onwards, including St. John’s Priory and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Many others closer to Pentonville are the result of tremendous residential building, by three main landowners, from 1800 onwards. This walk tracks north through Clerkenwell, looking at both types of squares and their histories.
Starts at Barbican tube station, ends at the Angel.