‘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
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