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Monks, Monasteries and Murders

by Alison Woollard

Monday 20th November 2023

Medieval London contained an astonishing number of churches and religious institutions.   Many of the churches, or their replacements, remain but the friaries, nunneries, priories, hostels and colleges disappeared with the Dissolution of the Monasteries.  Clues of their physical existence remain and their work continues in modern life.   Find out how to spot the clues in this talk and value the work which went on in these lost institutions.


Alison Woollard 

Alison was born on the eastern fringes of London and taught English in Essex schools for many years. She was really tempted to choose History as her subject all those years ago, so she seized the opportunity on retirement to combine her love of history and teaching by becoming a City of London guide in 2015.

She has developed a wide range of walks and talks with a special interest in Roman London, the Great Fire and the religious life of medieval London.    She also guides in the Guildhall Art Gallery and around Leadenhall Market as well as leading tours from Dr Johnson’s House in Gough Square about his life in and around Fleet Street.

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