In and Out of the Aldgate

The Tour

Today Aldgate is a place through which you drive, and in which office blocks are sited. But go beyond this surface impression and you discover an area with ancient foundations which has provided an interface between London and the country at large since Roman times. Going in and out of the Aldgate reveals a wealth of stories.

1650 - Aldgate by Hollar - In and Out of the Aldgate

Aldgate 1650

The area around Aldgate High Street recalls a group of English knights founded over a thousand years ago, and a priory founded by a Scottish queen.

1412 - Geoffrey Chaucer by Hoccleve - In and Out of the Aldgate

Geoffrey Chaucer

The site of the Aldgate itself takes us back to London’s earliest times and recalls one of its most important sons.

This is a tour of boundaries and travel, of sanctuary and threat.

Above all this is a tour about the people who have come, and still come, to seek in this area what they need from London.

Explore the borderland of Aldgate – in the City of London, yet also a part of the real East End.


Details – In and Out of the Aldgate

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: On Aldgate High Street, in front of Aldgate Station.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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