We will walk around Aldgate on the Eastern side of the City of London, to the border of Whitechapel and the Aldgate Pump and back again. We will stop at the many apparently anonymous sites where big and small things have happened throughout 2000 years of history, from the invisible underground station to the micro forests on a wall, the patron Saint of travel, the first department store, a cunning boxer, delusional urban planning, and a proper Russian mystery. Includes many tragedies of travel, killing corpses, falling bombs, the inevitable Mr Ripper and some ancient typos.
Your friendly neighbourhood expert finder. Freedom writer. Space/weather/climate/history/politics buff, journalist, skeptic, IT consultant, omnologist. 20 years in London, 8 years in Aldgate, I observe the world especially where it seldom gets observed. Let me share the dozens of interesting, invisible little stories that pervade Aldgate, Whitechapel and the City of London.
We will rediscover the grass-covered remains of old Aldgate East Station, then proceed counterclockwise around Jack the Ripper's places like St Botolph's Church stopping to experience the local invisible history. Through the disappeared Auld Gate, the first modern department store, a moment of x-ray vision, the tasty Aldgate pump, back to a mysterious wall mask