16 October 2018

Londinium Visit 12th Oct 2018


Remains of pagan temple at London Mithraneum
Our group of 15 left Edenbridge on the usual 9.09 am train. We were lucky enough to have a really lovely day considering the time of year.

We met our London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Eve Milner, at London Bridge station. We then walked through the former Victorian warehouses now known as Hay’s Galleria, which took us to the river. Eve talked about how the area would have looked 2000 years ago, the tidal range and the reason why the Romans chose this as their crossing point in 43AD. It would also enable the Romans to remove treasures back to Rome.

On London Bridge there is a silver dragon marking entry into the City of London depicting that Law enforcement ruled in London as this was not the case outside. The south side of the river had been used through the centuries, basically as the City’s dumping ground and pleasure park.

When then crossed the river to the church of  St Magnus the Martyr, where we were able to touch a piece of the Roman London Bridge in the church porch. Inside the church was a very interesting detailed model of the medieval London Bridge, built by Thomas Colechurch. This bridge was completed in about 1200 and lasted until about 1820.

The Roman roads would have lead away from London Bridge to the Roman basilica and forum at the site of the current Leadenhall Market immediately northwards, and Watling Street leading off west towards Wales. We viewed the London Stone which is supposed to be the Roman milestone 0 where distances where calculated from.

We then visited the London Mithraeum - the remains of the Roman pagan temple dedicated to Mithras, newly restored to its original location.

Roman Amphitheatre below Guildhall Art Gallery
I hadn’t realised that London had a Roman Amphitheatre, but sure enough when we went downstairs in the Guildhall Art Gallery we discovered the remains of a vast amphitheatre, which used to accommodate 7,000 spectators at military display shows, some gladiatorial fights, and also the Roman equivalent of bear- or bull-baiting. In fact, the paved area outside The Guild Hall shows the extent of the amphitheatre with an oval of black stones following the site of the ruins below.

From the rear of the Guildhall Art Gallery we took the lovely elevated St Alphege’s Walk which passed some of the remaining Roman London wall by the Salters’ Hall. This walk terminated at the Museum of London where we were able to take a welcome late lunch and then had time to explore the Roman Gallery for a more detailed idea of what daily life was like in Roman Londinium.

We all have a very enjoyable day and our guide was excellent, very friendly and informative.  We would thorough recommend her:
Eve Milner – London Blue Badge Tourist Guide  

12 October 2018



These are few and far between (more volunteers needed), usually incorporating a local museum and a 90 minute stroll around a village. We seem to have covered most in the Eden Valley after 5 years, and I wonder about Caterham which has a museum I am told. Do get in touch if this interests you. A morning start with pub lunch, either a Tuesday or Thursday 27th or 29th November.  Christine Byrne ambles@edenbridgeu3a.co.uk

Current Affairs


We were hosted by Roger and discussed, as usual a huge variety of topics.  We do disagree, always with interest and respect. If you have strong views you would like to share, you will be very welcome.  Denis is hosting next in Marlpit Hill on 14th November from 2-4pm.   Christine Byrne

Gardening Group 2

After a difficult summer we will next meet at Beryl's in Godstone on Thursday 18th, 2.00-4.00 pm. We enjoy our tours round each other's gardens, and an occasional car share somewhere. Plant swopping is very successful, so do join us however small your garden, and tea and chat is always a treat.  Christine Byrne gardeningtwo@edenbridgeu3a.co.uk

Life in the 1800s- Rivers

Model of Bucklers Hard
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Our October meeting discussed our choice of a river, and what took place on it. 3 reports were given on the Medway for transport, ship building and the mills, then we heard about the Wandle having pure water used in cloth production from Croydon to Wandsworth and lastly the Beaulieu river strategically important for building wooden ships with a museum at Bucklers Hard near Southampton, and Mulberry Harbour sections during the war. It was never attacked.

We would like a couple of new members to this group. Now 5 years old, this group will probably look at the previous century after Christmas.  Do contact me if you are interested.  Next meeting is 'POSH FOOD'. so each of us will present an aspect. Date: 20th November 10-12. Venue: Alan's in Oxted.  Christine Byrne 1800s@edenbridgeu3a.co.uk

4 October 2018

Short Walk around Fordcombe


Lynn has kindly sent some photos which she took on our last Short Walk around Fordcombe on Wednesday September 26th. Many thanks to Ken who expertly arranged and led this excellent walk. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk with superb views on a fine, warm day. There were 16 of us and most stayed for an excellent lunch at The Chafford Arms at Fordcombe. Unfortunately we missed taking a photo of the group.