A Virtual Tour Of “Dark Age” London

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The Lost City of London - Before the Great Fire of 1666

MapA virtual tour of “Dark Age” London …

1 – St Paul’s Cathedral


There have been five cathedrals on the site of the present, post-Great Fire one. The first was built in 604, by the King of Kent, Ethelburg, for the Bishop of London, Mellitus; the second, in 675, by Bishop Erkenwald;  the third, in 961; and the fourth in 1087.


An eleventh-century grave-slab decorated in the Viking Ringerike style and bearing a Viking Runic inscription has been found in the graveyard.

2 – Paul’s Cross


The Medieval Paul’s Cross was built in 1191 on the site where the Saxons held their folkmoot, or outdoor assembly.  It was demolished in 1643, and the present one was built in 1910.

3 – Cheapside


First recorded – as Westceap – in around 1100, although likely  already in existence in the late ninth to tenth centuries.  Takes its name from the Old English

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