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Whittington’s Longhouse: A Medieval Public Toilet

One of the largest medieval public toilets stood on this site for over four centuries. Explore the turbulent history of Dick Whittington’s Longhouse, founded by the famous Lord Mayor of London.

A little Eden in the heart of the City

The story of the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East, surviving and not surviving disaster after disaster since its foundation around 1100. Expect the devil having his nose burnt, the Great Fire doing its worst, and Samuel Pepys narrowly avoiding a couple of armed rogues.

St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell and the London Palimpsest

Peel back the centuries on a walk down St John’s Lane exploring the industrial, literary and religious histories of this street.

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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.