From the Ridiculous to the Aedicule-ous

Our Friday walks – “London Wall” in the morning, and “Tower to Temple (Heart of the City)”  in the afternoon – relate closely to Bob’s book ‘The Lost City of London’, published in October 2012. 

Here are a few photos offering glimpses to whet your appetite, including the wonderful ‘get you’ boys who strike a pose to strike the hour on Fleet Street…

A short way off the “London Wall” walk is this, possibly the most tenuous of the many tenuous Shakespeare links in London, on Carter Lane. (There are of course more substantial Shakespeare connections to be found elsewhere on our walks, and we certainly include them, but this particular plaque amused us with its laboured effort for significance!)

In the very heart of the city is this dramatic vista, featuring, from left to right, the church of St Andrew Undershaft, the Willis Building –  the “Walkie-Talkie” – and the Lloyd’s of London Building.  

And on the “Tower to Temple” walk are these bell-ringers, on the church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, on Fleet Street.  They are thought to represent Gog and Magog, and to date to the late seventeenth century.   

The late sixteenth-century statue of Queen Elizabeth I that stands above the  entrance to the vestry is unfortunately obscured by scaffolding (until autumn 2013).  The late sixteenth-century statues of the mythical founder of London, King Lud, and his sons Androgeus and Theomantius, can, though, still be seen, in the porch.   The aforementioned statues of Lud and of Elizabeth stood above the entrance to the City at Ludgate until it was demolished in the late eighteenth century, the site being marked by a Corporation Blue Plaque on St Martin Ludgate (toward the top of Ludgate Hill).

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