London’s Villages and the Growth of the City

April 23June 25 2024

London is a collection of villages – to a degree greater than any other world city. Medieval villages expanded, particularly in the Georgian and Victorian periods. And, as the fields between those villages were built on, the capital coalesced into one huge conurbation. But, still, within those villages, you can see their distinctive old heart, wrapped around the village church, with rings of development around them.  It is in learning about the villages that you work out how different parts of London grew up at different times and you get a bird’s eye view of the mushrooming of the city. There will be a walk around each village, explaining its origin and how it was subsumed into the greater London whole.