The Typographic Hub

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London Lettering Tour - West

7th May 2011

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and amateur lettering artist

The tour starts at the St Bride Institute and St Bride’s Church, the burial place of Wynkyn de Worde. The walk takes in many fascinating stops including Salisbury Court, the site of Samuel Richardson’s printing works; Carter Lane, where London’s only example of ‘Sgrafitto’ can be seen; and Postman’s Park, a lesser-known corner of the capital, where there is an inscribed memorial to the strange, but heroic actions of a young compositor. The tour also encompasses some remarkable architecture both ancient and modern iand also takes in Austin Friars Square with some beautiful contemporary street lettering by Richard Kindersley.


If you are unable to make the scheduled date(s) then specific tours can be organised by arrangement.

Booking: All tours must be booked in advance, by emailing caroline.archer@bcu.ac.uk

Cost: £10.00 [£1.00 will be donated to St Bride Library]

Payment: To the guide on the day

Tour dates: 12 March, 9 April, 7 May and 4 June 2011 [If you are unable to make the scheduled date(s) then specific tours can be organised by arrangement]

Start time: 1100 am unless otherwise stated

Meeting point: St Bride Library, Bride Lane, Fleet Street

Your guide: John Voller, is a resident of London and ex-compositor. For many years a certified City of London Guide, John is also an official St Paul's Cathedral guide where he specialises in tours of Cathedral lettering.