Mayflower in Bankside

Bankside has a history as a place of bawdy entertainment. It was outside the jurisdiction of the City of London and governed by the Bishop of Winchester.  Practices were allowed which were outlawed elsewhere. There was gambling on bull and bear baiting, dog and cock fighting, drinking, music and dancing. There were many houses of ill repute, some even owned by the Bishop.

 

During the two hour Mayflower in Bankside walk we will see a prison where separatists were jailed, recreations of the Globe theatre of William Shakespeare and of a Tudor sailing ship.  We will visit a Cathedral with links to the begining of Harvard University, and a market which was around at the times of the Pilgrims.  We find the brewery founded in 1616 which 200 years later became the largest in the world. Bankside is overflowing with history.  We will end our two hours tour at the only galleried inn remaining in London for you to sample an ale and have lunch or an afternoon meal

The Clink was a prison in Southwark, which operated from the 1144 until 1780. It was possibly the oldest men's prison and probably the oldest women's prison in England. The prison served as the private gaol of an area owned by the Bishop of Winchester.  It held a variety of offenders: debtors, heretics, drunks and harlots, catholics accused of attempting to overhrow the crown, and most importantly...

In 1577, Francis Drake and his crew set sail from Plymouth aiming to be the first Englishmen to sail aound the world.  At that time the Spanish, led by Phillip II, had been plotting to removed the English Queen Elizabeth I from the thrown in favour of her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots. Spain had established territories in South America and built a strong navy to protect their nations lucrative trade...

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century.

The present market, located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge, is a successor to one that originally adjoine...

The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare, on the south bank of the River Thames. The new building stands only a few hundred yards from the original site.  The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644.

The rebuilding of the iconic building stems from the founding of the Sha...

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