The annual “Knollys Rose” ceremony will take place a week today, on Wednesday 20th June, at 10:45. A single red rose will be processed, amid much pomp, through the streets from All Hallows-by-the-Tower to the Mansion House, there to be presented, on the altar cushion from the church, to the Lord Mayor of London.
The ceremony dates back to 1381, when Lady Constance Knollys built a footbridge from her house to the opposite side of Seething Lane without first seeking the Medieval equivalent of planning permission, and was fined a single red rose by the then Lord Mayor, Sir William Walworth. Walworth just happened to be a friend of Lady Constance’s husband, Sir Robert Knollys (a soldier, who at the time of the incident was fighting alongside John of Gaunt in the Hundred Years War against the French).
The church of All Hallows is visited, although generally not entered, on our “London Wall” and “Tower to Temple” standard walks, and on our “Dark Age London”, “Medieval London”, “Medieval City Highlights” and “Great Fire of London” themed specials.
Further details of all our walks are available in the Our Guided Walks section of this web-site.
Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, or by e-mail (email@example.com).