Category Archives: 2–Persons

Stow, John and his ‘Survay of London’

Above: Part of the title page of Stow’s book. John Stow, English historian and tailor, (1525–1605) was an interesting man and he lived at an interesting time in the history of England. He lived in the Aldgate (eastern) end of … Continue reading

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Harben, Henry and his Dictionary of London

Above: Part of the title page of ‘A Dictionary of London’. Henry Harben is a famous name for those who study the history of London. Every week hundreds of people contact the Guildhall Library, in the City of London, with a … Continue reading

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Golden, Grace

Above: Looking west above Bankside (probably while standing on Southwark Bridge). Drawn by Grace Golden in 1927. Detailed Description of the Image The scene in the drawing needs further explanation. Although we are now used to strolling along Bankside – … Continue reading

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Lee Boo, Prince

Above: A plaque inside the church of St Mary, Rotherhithe. This is a story about far-away islands and how remote it must have felt to be sailing around the world in the 18th century. It also concerns the East India … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Monk

Chaucer lived at a time when almost every town had at least one religious house. This man was described as being a ‘Monk’ and not a ‘Friar’. There is a difference. Monks, in the main, belonged to religious orders which … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Prioress

Some of the pilgrims described by Geoffrey Chaucer, in his ‘Canterbury Tales’, are typical of people you might meet today. Others described in the ‘Tales’ are people you are very unlikely to come across today and one of them is … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Miller

Above: A well-known woodcut of the Miller in an early edition of the ‘Canterbury Tales’. He is shown sitting on his horse, playing his bagpipes. The depiction is not quite correct because it fails to show the Miller’s red beard … Continue reading

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