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South of London Bridge

Posted by [email protected] on March 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The area to the South of London Bridge is called Southwark or Bankside. This is where in the past you would come to relax and have some fun. Hence all the theatres were here, especially the Globe and the Rose, both associated with William Shakespeare. Did you know that there is a memorial to Shakespeare in Southwark Cathedral? He is shown reclining in a niche with a window above depicting characters from his comedies on one side and the tragedies on the other. There is much else to see in the Cathedral, and outside is the bustling Borough Market. From there you can walk down Clink Street past the ruins of the Palace which belonged to the Bishop of Winchester, past the Clink Prison, the old Anchor pub, frequented by Dr. Johnson and many other famous men. Just before you get to the present day Globe Theatre, turn left and this will take you to the site of the original theatre, and to the foundations of the old Rose Theatre. The area was also known for bear baiting, ale houses and brothels in medieval times. It is a truly historic area - and a complete contrast to the City lying to the north of London Bridge. The Old London Bridge that connected the two diverse sides of riverbank had houses and a church on it, and a large model of it can be seen in the church St. Magnus the Martyr just north east of the Bridge.

Look out for my walks in this exciting part of London later in the year!

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