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Blackheath

During the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, the peasants gathered on Blackheath to hear sermons from John Ball, before attacking London.

The George and Tabard Inns

The George is a seventeenth-century coaching inn that stands near the site of the old Tabard Inn, where the Canterbury Tales begins. Travel back and forth between London and Canterbury happened for religious reason as well as pleasure.

Gropecunt Lane

Frederick’s Place, in the City of London, used to be called Gropecunt Lane in the medieval period due to its many brothels. As nearby Milk Street and Bread Street can attest, medieval Londoners valued pragmatism above all in their naming of streets.

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Seven Dials

A famous column that went disappeared for 200 years.