Drake is also famous as the first person to circumnavigate the globe, between 1577-80, aboard the “Golden Hind(e)” ((re)named in honour of his patron Sir Christopher Hatton, whose coat-of-arms featured the device of a golden hind). The original “Golden Hind(e)” was “drawn into a creek … at Deptford as a perpetual memorial for having circuited round about the whole earth” in 1581, a plaque on the water-front there marking the site and commemorating the event. Queen Elizabeth I banqueted on board the ship on 4th April, 1581, “consecrated it with great ceremonie, pompe and magnificence eternally to be remembered”, and forthwith knighted Drake. The ship remained in Deptford for about 100 years, until it started to disintegrate and had to be broken up.
Middle Temple Hall is visited on our “Tower to Temple”, “Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn” and “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey” standard walks, and on our “Tudor and Stuart London” and “Legal London” themed specials. The modern reconstruction of the “Golden Hind(e)” in St Mary Overie Dock is visited on our “Historic Southwark” standard walk.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.