The Mysteries of Southwark Revealed

Rotarians from across London assembled at Blackfriars Underground Station for a walk exploring the differences across the River Thames over the ages.  Our guide – Peter – took the party on a 3 hour trail explaining the differences between the North Side and the South Side.  The walk was interspersed with visits to two famous London Pubs close to the South bank of the Thames.

We learned about the differences between the City of London and Southwark in the time of Edward VI, and what this meant for those providing a taxi-service across the Thames in rowing boats, and what the “Watermen” did for income when the river froze!  We learned about the first “Clink” – a jail set next to the Palace of the Bishop of Winchester, the architecture of the City of London, the history of the “Golden Hind” of Sir Francis Drake, and about the burial of William Shakespeare’s brother, Edmund.

A fascinating insight into the history of our city, and an entertaining way to spend an afternoon.  Our thanks go to organiser, Bishai.