‘Com­mit no as Welsh soc

Mem­bers of Chiltern Dis­trict Welsh So­ci­ety en­joyed a tour of London, where they learned about links with Wales’ his­tory, writes Ralph Broomby

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GETTING TOGETHER -

ONA sunny morn­ing on Satur­day, July 26, a group of about a dozen mem­bers met our guide Caro­line James at the foot of The Shard to ex­plore sites around South­wark.

The area is at the south­ern end of London Bridge, which in me­dieval times was closed at night.

Many inns were built there and thrived as stag­ing posts for trav­ellers. The­atres opened there, as did hos­pi­tals for the poor, sick, in­cur­ables, and home­less. Bear bait­ing, pros­ti­tu­tion, and sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, which were il­le­gal in the City, all flour­ished.

The ‘gar­ret’ of the 17th-cen­tury St Thomas’ hos­pi­tal 19th-cen­tury op­er­atin

Betsi Cad­wal­adr worked there. She nurse in the Crimea Nightin­gale, though per­son­al­i­ties clashed from com­pletely back­grounds.

In the colon­nade ad­ja­cent Guy’s hospita

A tour of London when Chiltern Distric

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