The River Thames – Creating Boundaries in Brickwork
The River Thames is our city’s 215-mile-long boundary that separates North London from South London. Over time, historical events have helped to shape the two halves of our capital and today, the result of many of those significant events are apparent in the materials of the buildings and landmarks.
In 1666, the Great Fire of London devastated 436 acres of North London including 13,200 homes, 87 churches and the historic St Paul’s Cathedral. Buildings that were once made of wood and destroyed, were rebuilt using brick and stone to prevent such a disaster happening again and much of this historic brick and stonework can still be seen today. Join us on a walking tour starting from The Monument in the city, across London Bridge and finishing up in More London. Discover the use of the London stock brick and Portland stone masonry, and the contrast in these materials above and below the iconic river.