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John Rogers: The Liberty of Norton Folgate Spitalfields Walking Tour


July 12, 2021

Interesting videos about London, and elsewhere, from London-based film-maker and writer John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city

His blog The Lost Byway

The Liberty of Norton Folgate Spitalfields Walking Tour (4K) This walk explores the ancient Liberty of Norton Folgate in Spitalfields, East London. We start at Liverpool Street Station and cross Bishopsgate to look at the Bishopsgate Institute before heading down Brushfield Street to Spitalfields Market, established in 1682. We then admire Nicholas Hawksmoor’s majestic Christ Church Spitalfields (the map here is from Iain Sinclair’s book, Lud Heat). Passing by the Ten Bells pub we go along Fournier Street into Wilkes Street and Princelet Street – technically outside the Liberty of Norton Folgate but too good to ignore. Recrossing Commercial Street we go into Folgate Street, Elder Street, and Fleur De Lis Street before we cross Norton Folgate to go along Worship Street. Timestamps: 00:00 Intro – the Liberty of Norton Folgate 02:12 Roman Ermine Street 02:47 Bishopsgate Institute 03:19 Border of the City of London 05:18 Origins of the Liberty of Norton Folgate 06:34 Brushfield Street 07:04 Spitalfields Market 11.24 Christ Church Spitalfields 12:03 Spitalfields in the 17th Century – Daniel Defoe 12:45 The Ten Bells 13:14 Fournier Street 13:48 Wilkes Street 15:19 Princelet Street 16:57 Puma Court 17:38 Folgate Street 18:34 Elder Street 19:49 Fleur De Lis Street 21:56 Spital Square – Spitalfields Roman burial 22:14 Dennis Severs’ House Folgate Street 22:55 Blossom Street and Loom Court 23:33 Norton Folgate 24:08 Worship Street 27:27 Clifton Street

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