Guided River Walk – 18:15
Date(s) - 03/12/2019
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Rotherhithe Overground Station
MAYFLOWER AND BRUNEL Pirates, Pilgrims, Mayflower & Brunel 10:45am every Sunday, Monday and every Tuesday 6.15pm from Rotherhithe Tube (London Overground). Just turn up – no booking required. £10/ £8 concessions.
Once upon a time in Rotherhithe… 400 years ago the Pilgrims sailed from here. 200 years ago Brunel started here. Just up the river, Shakespeare’s Tempest describes a miraculous shipwreck and 10 years later Pilgrims take ‘a perilous voyage to an unknown land’. Oh Brave New World! The river coils round this secret village. East India Company town. Gulliver started here. Dickens started and ended here: ‘the strangest, the most extraordinary, of hidden London, unknown to the great mass of its inhabitants’. Sands Films studio, built from shipwreck, is the home of Little Dorrit. The Old Mortuary is where Our Mutual Friend begins. St Mary’s Church has masts for pillars and chairs carved from the Fighting Temeraire. A Pirate’s Gibbet. A Watch House protects the churchyard from Resurrectionists. Inside the gates a memorial to Christopher Jones, Captain of the Mayflower. Another to Prince Lee Boo, hero from the Spice Islands. Pilgrim, Poet, Prince and Princess. And for plenipotentiaries, a pint of Mayflower Scurvy at the Pirate’s Pub.