Wet and dry land

Loading Map....

Date(s) - 05/06/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Bridge Theatre

Letters and postcards from London Bridge join us on a discovery of an area steeped in history which is undergoing rapid change, and help us record how it feels as a visitor or resident. Gathering and sharing knowledge as we walk, we invite you to write a letter or a post card from London Bridge. A selection of these letters and postcards will be published in a limited edition chapbook.

Wet and dry land – the rivers, and the swamps and islands of Horselydown and Leathermarket

Until quite recently, the very visible River Thames and the obscure and hidden River Neckinger combined to flood the area, creating a swamp with occasional gravel islands providing the only harder ground.

This area of the Thames riverside became known as ‘London’s Larder’ for the variety of produce that was transported to the area, and as it lay beyond the City’s boundaries, offered up opportunities for numerous leisure activities, including theatre, ale making, drinking and prostitution. Since the 1970s with the demise of the docks and the renewal of London Bridge, the area has witnessed substantial change with new access for the public to the river, and the construction of new neighbourhoods.

Join Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers and Vanished City and Andrew Stuck, founder of the Museum of Walking for this fascinating exploration of the London Bridge area.

To book, please register for this free eventhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wet-and-dry-land-the-rivers-and-the-swamps-and-islands-of-horselydown-and-leather-market-tickets-60135347443

The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2019 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’.

Click here to see more events that are taking place in London Bridge as part of the LFA.

Team London Bridge is a supporter of London Festival of Architecture 2019.

Walking in step with