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Publish & Be Damned: A Fleet Street History  

Tuesday 17th April 2018. From St Paul’s to Blackfriars…………………………………..

Publish and Be Damned!

Publish and Be Damned! A Fleet Street history

Andrea Vail is a qualified City of London Guide, and a member of the City of London Guide Lecturer’s Association. We took a walk down Ludgate Hill, via Stationers’ Hall, Fleet Street and the back streets, meandering down to Blackfriars. The very knowledgable Andrea told us about the monks, knights, and lawyers who made this area their home in the middle ages, the rise of mass-market book publishing, and how Fleet Street went from having the City’s first printing presses to becoming a 24-hour news operation. We met the typographic innovator who set up shop in Fleet Street – Wynkyn de Worde – a famous collector of words – Dr Johnson –  and a few of the book publishers who were based in the area.

Originally from eastern Canada, Andrea moved to the UK in 2007.  The reason why? London of course. Andrea has been enamoured with London since childhood. It only took two holidays to the capital before she made the move across the pond to be a part of this amazing city. Andrea’s day job is in IT for a well-known publishing company on the banks of Thames. She finds guiding a great way to share her enthusiasm for all things London – its rich 2000-year history, transport network, architecture, and any and all other bits of trivia and interesting information.

  • Andrea’s twitter name for those who would like to follow is @avail

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