Peter Ackroyd’s Monstrous East End

The Tour

Peter Ackroyd’s is an authentic voice of London. Through his novels, histories and other writings, he has tuned in to the rhythms of the city. His transcendental approach to ‘the mystical city universal’ is at the heart of his portrayal of the East End.

Peter Ackroyd's Monstrous East End - Limehouse Waterfront 1751

Limehouse Waterfront 1751

Peter Ackroyd's Monstrous East End - Sketch - 29 Ratcliffe Highway 1811

Sketch – 29 Ratcliffe Highway 1811

Starting in Limehouse, this tour crosses Ratcliffe, heads up through Wapping and ends in Shadwell.

This is Sailortown, an area at the heart of London’s maritime trade centuries before the coming of the Docks.

As we go, we see how the East End spawned Ackroyd’s monstrous Architect and the Limehouse Golem.

We experience both the glory of John Dee’s ‘mystical city universal’ and the Limehouse Golem’s gruesome re-enactment of the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811.

The tour features site-specific readings from ‘Hawksmoor’, ‘The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein’, ‘The House of Doctor Dee’ and ‘Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem’.


Details – Peter Ackroyd’s Monstrous East End

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: In front of Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road E14 7HA (nearest stations Limehouse DLR and c2c; Westferry DLR).
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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