The 10 best nonfiction books about london history books. Bartholomew fair, established in the reign of henry ii. Beginning their occupation of britain under emperor claudius in ad 43, the roman armies soon gained control of much of the southeast of britain. The story is seemingly well known, a victorian cloakclad man stalked the streets hunting down the east ends sex workers. You suggested over 80 books, from trivia guides to studious histories. Christopher phillpotts author of the cistercian abbey of st. See below for the later history of the red lion brewery. The ancient parish of st sepulchre extended north to turnmill street, to st pauls cathedral and ludgate hill in the south, and along the east bank of the fleet now the route of farringdon.
East smithfield liberty, middlesex genealogy familysearch. But without their voices and experiences the history books are only telling half the story. London blog london history blog blue badge guide look up. And they described the mass graves, known as plague pits. The east smithfield black death cemetery was excavated in 19868 as part of the. On the west, it was bordered by east smithfield the street, butcher row, and. It was historically part of the parish of st botolph without aldgate. Smithfield is a district in located in central london, part of farringdon without, the most westerly ward of the city of london, england.
Is the black death the ancestor of all modern plagues. Founded in 50 by edward iii and suppressed in 1539, it was the only new cistercian house in the 14th century and the last founded in england before the dissolution. At a point just north of the marshy valley of the thames. The earlier history of the site and the influence of the black death cemetery on. Site code context frame number photo description min86. Oxford dictionary of national biography odnb for spinola.
We want to put women back in the picture, and share new perspectives on east londons rich history. East smithfield is a road in the london borough of tower hamlets in east london, part of the a1203 road. Below we present a selection of upcoming events, local attractions and great places to eat and shop. East smithfield black death medieval museum of london. East smithfield is a road in tower hill in london, england.
East smithfield is a district located east of the city of london and northeast of the tower of london. The cistercian abbey of st mary graces, east smithfield. Tim knox country life marriotts new history of the east end, beyond the tower is an expert guide to the area. The elms, smithfield the spot where william wallace was hung, drawn and quartered. In 1860 the city of london obtained an act of parliament the metropolitan meat and poultry market act of 1860, allowing the construction of new buildings on the smithfield site. One of the two emergency burial grounds in london during the time of the black death, east smithfield is a medieval cemetery that reveals much of londons personal history. An extensive dig at east smithfield in the 1980s excavated the remains of some 759 people a fraction of the burial grounds estimated 2,400 black death victims. Smithfield and its market, situated mostly in the parish of st sepulchre, was founded in 17, and was endowed by prior rahere, who also founded st barts. East smithfield was built in either late 48 or early 49.
Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our. Founded in 1560, on the site of a black death cemetery and the suppressed cistercian abbey of st mary graces, it was the first largescale naval food supply base in britain and remained the principal one until the 18th century. The royal mint, tower bridge and the tower of london are located in the vicinity. East smithfield medieval london sites medieval london. East smithfield, london molas monograph mola monographs by ian grainger, christopher phillpotts isbn. Smithfield, or smoothfield, to follow the true derivation, was from the earliest times a memorable spot in old london. Researchers analyzed skeletal remains from londons east smithfield plague pits, a burial ground created specifically for black death victims in 48 or 49. He was evidently in needy circumstances, for his boys went as pore scholars to the newlyfounded school of the merchant taylors.
Museum of london archaeology service, 2008 history 63 pages. West smithfield is in the city of london, beside st. The black death cemetery, east smithfield, london ian. Royal navy victualling yard, east smithfield, london by ian grainger, 9781901992892, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Smithfield area, london, united kingdom britannica. Blackwall point next time you take a trip to the o2, have a think about the 100s of dead pirates that were once on display here for all to see. John stow recounts the origin of the area from the liber trinitae, where the saxon king edgar was. Aldgate pump an ancient well with a rather gruesome history. As time progressed, it transformed from what stow describes as a plot of ground with very few houses into a densely populated area by the mid. We invited members of the local community to select an object from the museums collections that symbolises their connection to east london and our shared heritage. London blog london history blog blue badge guide look.
The plague wiped out a great deal of 17thcentury britain. A number of city institutions are located in the area, such as st bartholomews hospital, the charterhouse, and livery halls, including those of the butchers and haberdashers companies. Whatever the occasion, the guests in the events space can enjoy stunning panoramic views of london. Work began in 1866 on the two main sections of the market, the east and west buildings. In 2015, we asked you to nominate your favourite nonfiction books about the capital. The route of both the london marathon and the london triathlon pass along east smithfield. Bbc autos the strange, gruesome truth about plague pits.
Barking and dagenham the major projects set to transform. Mar 16, 2020 sara huws, cofounder of the east end womens museum said. Smithfield is undoubtedly the bloodiest location in the capital, with a long history of executions including william braveheart wallace, centuries of heretic. The earlier history of the site and the influence of the black death cemetery on the subsequent use of the site are also examined, particularly its effect on the later. Royal navy victualling yard, east smithfield, london. History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, mediaeval archives, works of art including paintings by william hogarth. Aldermans walk a little passageway in the city of london with a wealth of history. The royal mint medieval cemetery was situated at east smithfield, e1. The black death cemetery, east smithfield, london by ian. East smithfield is the area in front of the royal mint, and the st katherine docks office, and the street and avenues on the northern sides of those docks.
The name is attractive, but it may be said at once that the walk is not pleasing. West smithfield is in the city of london, beside st bartholomews hospital seen left in the 1970s and today, and now a busy and nondescript stretch of road a1203 between the highway and the tower of london on london marathon and triathlon routes east smithfield. Information on the human remains excavated from the east smithfield black death site and held at the centre for human bioarchaeology. Take a right onto esmond street, which is the second light on route 44 after the centredale bypass. Originally known as smoothfield, it was a large open space just outside the city boundaries on the edge of st bartholomews priory. The black death cemetery, east smithfield, london molas. Seen left in the 1970s and today, and now a busy and nondescript stretch of road a1203 between the highway and the tower of london on london marathon and triathlon routes east smithfield derived from smoothfield. It is thought that the name smithfield came from a corruption of smeth field saxon for smoothfield. The ferrymans seat a shuttle service to the darker side of london. Tower hamlets tower hamlets is the heart of londons east end and takes its name from the tower of london, located within the boroughs boundaries. I n 19 the london county council ordered that little thames street, a portion of little tower hill and lower east smithfield, all within the borough of stepney, should be renamed and hence forth known as st. Apr 23, 2012 in 1860 the city of london obtained an act of parliament the metropolitan meat and poultry market act of 1860, allowing the construction of new buildings on the smithfield site. Until 1975 it was the home of the royal mint, but now belongs to the peoples republic of china, which bought the leasehold to redevelop for its new embassy. Tower hamlets tower hamlets is the heart of london s east end and takes its name from the tower of london, located within the boroughs boundaries.
A history of east london first edition by marriott, john isbn. East smithfield is a road in the london borough of tower hamlets in east london, part of the. Katharines, a district on the thames bank east of the. Survey of london 52 east smithfield, royal mint estate. Home to the royal pharmaceutical society is a striking architectural design that has been featured on bbc and itv. It is famous for its meat market the london central meat market, one of the largest of its kind in the world. East smithfield liberty, middlesex genealogy genealogy. Local pubs were a key part of the trading economy, and were among those who issued their own tokens. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
The london charterhouse is a historic complex of buildings in smithfield, london, dating back to the 14th century. The yard closed in 1785, having proved inadequate for the needs of. Look up london is about hidden historic gems, unusual museums and walking tours inside historic london sites. Dec 15, 2008 the impact of the plague on medieval london and the importance of this cemetery, and that at west smithfield, in the citys attempts to cope with the disaster are both assessed. Sep 06, 2016 an extensive dig at east smithfield in the 1980s excavated the remains of some 759 people a fraction of the burial grounds estimated 2,400 black death victims. Plague pit, east smithfield posted by david long in dabbler london apr, 22 2014 3 comments david longs new book a history of london in 100 places tells the capitals incredible history through 100 buildings, details and places, from roman barges to boris bike stations. This one at east smithfield was probably the largest and has been excavated by museum of london archeology service. East smithfield black death photographs museum of london. History of the area smithfield or london central markets is not just the largest eu approved wholesale meat market in the country, but the oldest too.
Welcome to our guide for the area around east smithfield in tower hamlets. Nearest tube underground station to east smithfield. Sep 16, 2017 the 10 best nonfiction books about london. Founded in 489, it was one of two emergency burial grounds established when the black death came to london. List of titles list of authors list of pictures subject index eye witness home. Follow the bypass in north providence to the end and turn right.
Coronavirushit londons horrible history of plagues. The east smithfield black death cemetery was excavated in 19868 as part of. Founded in 50 by edward iii and suppressed in 1539, it was the only new cistercian house in the 14th century and the. The author gives an authoritative overview of east londons history that is scholarly and lucid, handling complex economic and demographic issues with impressive claritythe narrative is enriched by descriptions of the vivid personalities and vital culture of. The royal navy victualling yard was excavated in 19838 as part of the royal mint site. Mar 10, 2017 my east end diverse, creative and exciting, east london is home to many fascinating stories and memories. Another one of the black death plague pits arranged by edward iii. Apr 25, 2019 ian grainger and christopher phillpotts, the cistercian abbey of st mary graces, east smithfield, london, mola monograph 44, 2011. When a grant of a market was made, either to an individual or a municipality, it was usual to allow the grantees the right.
From 13 until 1855 the site was used for the bartholomew fair, a cloth and meat market that later became known as a. From providence state house take route 44 smith street west about 5 miles to centredale in north providence. The black death cemetery, east smithfield, london by ian grainger. Renamed in 1889 to avoid confusion with the smithfield in tower hamlets, nowadays called east smithfield. East smithfield guide east smithfield, tower hamlets. Of the 288 people estimated to have been burnt for heresy during the five year reign of mary tudor, forty eight were burnt in smithfield. The museum of london is seeking to collect both objects and firsthand experiences to reflect londoners lives during the covid19 pandemic. The black death cemetery was excavated in 198688 and covered approximately 2 ha in size. The borough is dominated by the white tower, built in the eleventh century and home to the crown jewels, royal armouries, yeoman warders and the famous.
Aug 30, 2018 researchers analyzed skeletal remains from londons east smithfield plague pits, a burial ground created specifically for black death victims in 48 or 49. Buy the streets of east london new edition by william j. Popular accounts of the epidemic described its horror in detail. In london, its thought that fatalities reached up to 100,000, roughly onefifth of the population.
The best london history books to get stuck into now. Smithfield, london wikimili, the best wikipedia reader. It was historically part of the parish of st botolph without aldgate the route of both the london marathon and the london triathlon pass along east smithfield. Into east smithfield in the reign of elizabeth came a journeying tailor, john spenser, who had come to london from pendleton, lancashire, and here three children were born two boys and a girl. Coronavirushit londons horrible history of plagues, death.
It lay partly within the city of london and partly in the county of middlesex. See more ideas about smithfield market, marketing and old london. The nearest station to east smithfield is tower gateway which is about 3 minutes to the north west. Smithfield is undoubtedly the bloodiest location in the capital, with a long history of executions including william braveheart wallace, centuries of. Ian grainger and christopher phillpotts, the cistercian abbey of st mary graces, east smithfield, london, mola monograph 44, 2011.
Originally constructed as a carthusian priory, on the site of a burial ground, at the dissolution of the monasteries it became one of the greatest palaces of tudor london. East smithfield liberty, otherwise called st botolph without aldgate, was known and called by that name. Although excavations west of london have revealed the remains of circular huts dating from before 2000 bc, the history of the city begins effectively with the romans. The cemetery was in use during 4850 and was the first established black death cemetery in london grainger and phillpotts in prep. It occupies land to the north of charterhouse square, and lies within the london borough of islington. Christopher phillpotts is the author of the cistercian abbey of st mary graces, east smithfield, london 4. The city of london gained market rights under a charter granted by edward iii in 27. The east smithfield black death cemetery was excavated in 19868 as part of the royal mint site.
The abbey of st mary graces in east smithfield, london, was excavated in 19838 as part of the royal mint site. During these times smithfield was a wide grassy space, just outside the northern wall of the city of london on the eastern bank of the river fleet. The nexthighest numbers were eighteen in lewes in sussex, seventeen in stratfordattebow now bow in east london, fourteen in canterbury and seven in maidstone both these latter in the county of kent. East smithfield is in the london area of tower hamlets. The work reported here represents the only largescale excavation and postexcavation analysis of a proven black death cemetery in this country and is indisputably of. Smithfield, area in the northwestern part of the city of london. The royal navy victualling yard, east smithfield, london. Royal navy victualling yard, east smithfield, london molas. Its name derives from smoothfield, with the prefix east helping to differentiate it from the smithfield northwest of cripplegate. Christopher phillpotts author of the cistercian abbey of.889 1559 575 645 839 970 1061 673 252 518 1309 789 594 892 11 1216 362 578 553 1285 1060 732 359 1455 487 322 1167 1436 435 150 1302 289 19 597 1029 607 982 1262