Controversy in 18th century Newington Green

location_city London

timelapse 1 - 2 hour duration

language delivered in English

Hosted by Rob

I've been visiting London since I was a boy, but I still remember the thrill of the first time I arrived. A day in London meant a day full of surprises, where something fascinating, beautiful or inspiring could be around the next corner. I always knew I would come and live here, and now I have been in the city for over 25 years. And I still find surprising and new things. My real pleasure is to show people London's special places and share the inspiring stories from people who have lived here, whether long ago or today.

The experience

I've been visiting London since I was a boy, but I still remember the thrill of the first time I arrived. A day in London meant a day full of surprises, where something fascinating, beautiful or inspiring could be around the next corner. I always knew I would come and live here, and now I have been in the city for over 25 years. And I still find surprising and new things. My real pleasure is to show people London's special places and share the inspiring stories from people who have lived here, whether long ago or today.

For many years Newington Green was a tiny hamlet, far from London, where radical thinkers and dissenting religious groups came to escape the constricts of the City. You will hear how Newington Green became associated with some of the most important thinkers of the 18th century.

Some of the things we talk about:
• Mary Wollstonecraft's pioneering school for girls
• London's oldest houses
• The man who was sent for execution once a year
• A forgotten graveyard
• Anne Boleyn's unfortunate romance
• The chapel that inspired American revolutionaries, philosophers and physicists

Whether you live in the area or you've never been there before you'll be sure to enjoy the stories about remarkable people on a walk led by a qualified Islington guide.

What to bring

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Where

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£15