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BLOOD, FIRE AND PESTILENCE
A Guided Tour Round Tower Hill with Pete Smith
Saturday 22nd October 2022 at 11:00 am

London prides itself on its history and no area hosts more of that than the grisly environs of the Tower of London, the fortress founded by William the Conqueror soon after his invasion of England to overawe the brutal and recalcitrant locals.

Pete Smith’s walk will take us from the crypt of All Hallows by the Tower, via the dreadful execution site on Tower Hill, to the overcrowded graveyard of the church Dickens called ”Saint Ghastly Grim”, before heading east to take in a vast plague pit and a Jack the Ripper killing ground. Looping back to the area where Samuel Pepys witnessed both the start and the finish of the Great Fire of London, its route follows a trail of war, murder, terrorism, pestilence, persecution and retribution, from IRA bombings and Hitler’s firestorm to a monument to killer mice. It ends opposite the aptly named “Hung, Drawn & Quartered” pub by which time you may be in need of a restorative pint of London Pride.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation to Tower Hamlets Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Pete Smith is a Devon-born academic who has lived in London since the age of ten. Since retiring as Head of English and Dean of Arts at Brunel University (a job he describes as very like managing the salad bar at Smithfield Meat Market), he has reinvented himself as a City of London and City of Westminster guide and freelance lecturer.


Image credit - The Execution of Lady Jane at Tower Greeen by George Cruikshank circa 1840. Grey Public domain image sourced from Victorian Web.