London Historians

London Historians' Monthly Pub Meet

A London Historians Event

We have an informal gathering of socialising on the first Wednesday of every month. From 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Currently we meet upstairs at the Hoop and Grapes, in Farringdon.
We have about 30 attendees most months and you can come as early or late as you like, we’re always still there at Last Orders. All welcome, not just LH members.
Meetings for all of 2015 are as follows: Wed 7 January; Wed 4 February; Wed 4 March; Wed 1 April; Wed 6 May; Wed 3 June; Wed 1 July; Wed 5 August; Wed 2 September; Wed 7 October; Wed 4 November; Wed 4 December.

monthly pub meet

Tour of Stationers' Hall


A London Historians Event

Friday 17 April, 2015, 10:30 – 13:00
Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane.

Very near St Paul’s, Stationers’ Hall is situated at the heart of where the print industry existed in London for centuries, be that for books, newspapers, pamphlets or, indeed, stationery. The Guild of Stationers was founded in 1403 and it received its Charter in 1557, eventually becoming as it is today, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. It is 47th in the City livery company order of precedence.

Stationers’ Hall, a Grade I listed building, dates from 1670, that’s to say immediately after the Great Fire. Our tour starts with tea and coffee and will then be expertly led by Deputy Clerk, Giles Fagan. Proceeds from this tour go to the Stationers’ Foundation.

Maximum 25 places.
London Historians Members and their guests only.

Derelict London Walk and St Dunstan's Stepney Tour


A London Historians Event

Friday 24 April, 10:30 – 15:30
Poplar and Stepney

This two part event combines the always-sold-out tour of Mr Derelict London himself – author Paul Talling – with a tour of St Dunstan’s Stepney led by LH Member Dave Whittaker. The whole event should take around 5 hours including breaks. A perfect Friday London Historians event. This event is restricted to London Historians members and their guests only.
Members: £16. Guests £18.50.

Boston Manor to Brentford

A London Historians Event

Saturday 9 May, 12:30 – 15:00.

Boston Manor House

Given its age, the Jacobean Boston Manor House (1623) is in remarkable condition. In its early years it was a home of one Sir Edward Althorp an ancestor of the late Princess of Wales. At this time the Battle of Brentford (1642) – about a mile away – was one of the earliest rumblings of the English Civil War. From 1670 through to the 20C, the house remained in the possession of the Clitherows, a family of successful traders with banking interests, also close friends of William IV and Queen Adelaide who dined at Boston Manor in 1834. Eminent local historian and Boston Manor volunteer Janet McNamara will give us a comprehensive tour of the house, taking in the breathtaking 17C State Room on the first floor, the ground floor dining room from the 19C and the remarkable stairwell decorations.
Following a half hour tea break*, we’ll take a guided walk to Brentford itself with David Bright, fellow LH Member and Hounslow Heritage Guide. Our route will take us along the Grand Union Canal as it runs parallel to the River Brent, approaching the Thames. For centuries Brentford was the county town for Middlesex: there is plenty of history to absorb.

London Historians Members: £7.50
Non-Members: £10.00
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The Heraldry and Regalia of the City of London and Livery Companies

A London Historians Event

Wednesday 20 May, 18:00 – 20:00
Information Technologists’ Hall, Bartholomew Close

information technologists company

If you’ve booked on any of our livery company tours, you should definitely come to this to extend the context of our 2015 livery programme.

Join us for a glass of wine, a tour and a brilliant talk about the mysterious symbols and symbolism of the City’s ancient institutions from Paul D Jagger, City freeman and author of the excellent book, The City of London Freeman’s Guide: a true expert.

LH Members and their guests: £11. Non-Members: £15
More information and booking via Eventbrite.
small booking fee applies

Tour of Vintners' Hall

A London Historians Event

Friday 5th June. 11:00 – 13:30
Vinters’ Hall. Upper Thames Street.

courtroom, vintners' hall

The Vintners’ Company with its first Charter in 1363 is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. With its origins steeped in the history of the City, and the import, regulation and sale of wine, the Company continues to maintain strong links with the UK Wine Trade, with Vintners’ Hall known as the Trade’s “spiritual home”.

The current Vintners’ Hall was built in the 1670s after the Great Fire destroyed the medieval building. It has undergone various modifications over the centuries according to need and fashion and was one of the lucky few livery halls which only suffered superficial damage during the Blitz.
Our tour is led by the general manager of Vinters’ Hall, Major Steve Marcham MBE.

LH Members: £12. Guests £14. Non-Members. £16
More information and to book.
Small fee applies.

Battle of Waterloo Commemoration Walk

A London Historians Event

Guided walk from Trafalgar Square.
Sunday 14 June, 11:00 – 13:00.

arthur wellesley, duke of wellington

This walk commemorates the final victory by the Duke of Wellington over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. It starts at Trafalgar Square and finishes at Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner, the London home of the Duke , also known as No. 1 London. En route at various stops, the walk examines his political career, the Peninsula campaign, the area where he relaxed and monuments and statues to him and his times. This walk will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Napoleonic period, who also enjoys this heritage area of central Westminster. Our walk leader is Angela Lenman, City of Westminster Guide.

This walk has been especially added to the official Waterloo 200 tour programme for London Historians, with a £2 discount for Members. Devised by Westminster Guide Lecturers’ Association. Members: £8. Non-Members: £10.

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Tour of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

You can purchase tickets to visit the foundry on selected Saturdays through the year.

A London Historians Event

Saturday 20 June, 2015. 13:00 – 14:45.
32/34 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DY.

whitechapel bell foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest business in England. Even the owners are unsure of the factory’s foundation date but it goes back at least to the early 15th Century. This factory not only manufactured Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, but has supplied thousands of churches in Britain and throughout the anglophone world.

This 90 minute tour will tell you the history of the business and take you through the production process of creating moulds through to finished products, monster church bells to teeny hand bells alike. How are bells tuned? You’ll find out! It’s all a most exacting process every step of the way.

We have 15 places only which are limited to London Historians Members and their guests. £17.

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London Historians tour in 2012.

Tour of Watermen's Hall

A London Historians Event

Monday 29 June, 10:30 – c12:00
Watermen’s Hall, St Mary-at-Hill.

thames watermen

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen in its original form was established by Act of Parliament in 1555, but its roots and functions date back much further. It has been responsible for the traffic of people and cargo all over the London Thames for centuries – long before the river was embanked, and long before it had just the one bridge.

The current Watermen’s Hall was completed in 1780, the only original Georgian hall in the city. It was designed by London architect William Blackburn. Our tour will be led by the Deputy Clerk, Carol Ratcliffe. Tea and coffee will be served at the end.

LH Members: £12.00 Guests: £14.50 Non-Members: £17.00
For more information and to book your tickets via Eventbrite.
Small fee applies