Walk A: Lift Up Your Heads O Gates! Exploring the streets of the old City of London, we will be starting at St Paul’s Cathedral (originally founded in 604AD), before we walk on up Foster Lane, past St Vedast-alias-Foster church (originally founded in 1308), to Gresham Street. We will then stop outside the Guildhall and St Lawrence Jewry Church (originally built in the 12th Century, St Thomas More preached in the older church on this site). From the Guildhall we will head over to Eastcheap, via St Margaret Pattens (the church was first recorded in 1067), and then walk up King William Street, past the Bank of England, finishing in Threadneedle Street – the birthplace of John Henry Newman.
Walk B: The King's Good Servant Listen to the heroic story of Saint Thomas More (b.1478 – d.1535) as you walk in his footsteps on the streets and along the riverbank of Chelsea. The walk will start at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and we will then walk down to Chelsea Embankment Gardens, visiting the statue of St Thomas More (at Chelsea Old Church) and Roper’s Garden (named after More’s daughter, Margaret Roper). The walk will finish at Allen Hall Seminary and St Thomas More’s garden.
Walk C: For King and Country The walk will start at Westminster Cathedral (constructed 1895 to 1903) – the mother Cathedral of the Catholic Church in England and Wales – before commencing on through the back streets of Westminster to Millbank. At Millbank, looking across to the Houses of Parliament, you will learn of the roles that Catholics have played in shaping our nation at this place; from the heroic Thomas More, sentenced to death in the Great Hall, to the infamous Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, to the admirable Augustus Pugin, responsible for designing much of this iconic building. We will then move on to Westminster Abbey as you learn about the central role that this place of worship has played in our nation’s history since it was first founded in 960 AD. The walk will finish at Whitehall.
Walk D: Smells & Bells - London's Catholic Culture This walk will start at St Martin in the Fields (a church has existed on this site since at least the early 13th Century), and we will then walk over to Covent Garden (originally known as ‘Convent Garden’ – so called for being the vegetable garden for the monks of Westminster Abbey), which is now a popular tourist and leisure venue. We will stop at the Church of Corpus Christi in Maiden Lane (the first church dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament after the Reformation), which is also known as ‘the actors’ church’, before walking eastwards towards Fleet Street and its environs. Here, we will stop outside Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub – the vaulted cellars of which are thought to belong to a 13th-century Carmelite monastery which once occupied the site. The walk will finish at St Paul’s Cathedral.