When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Caryle Webb-Ingall
  • Course Code W21HMSH07A

What you will learn

Medieval London was noisy, dirty, and disorderly, but also prosperous, proud of itself, and full of life. The City was a maze of twisting streets and lanes and in the early 12th century the population of London was about 18,000. At one point in the medieval period there were 13 monasteries in the city. In 1191 Richard acknowledged the right of London to self-government, and the following year saw the election of the first Mayor. Using maps and documents from the time explore London after the Norman Conquest until Chaucer’s time.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what the City of London and its surrounds looked like
  • Appreciate how the Guilds and the Church influenced everyday life
  • Look critically at some primary and secondary sources


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The class will be delivered in college (Waterloo) unless circumstances change in which case it will be delivered online. It is informal and there is opportunity for student discussion and contribution. There is a powerpoint each week and also a booklist and other references will be provided.

    Entry requirements

    No previous qualifications or knowledge is assumed but a reasonable level of English, a willingness to participate in the group and of course enthusiasm for London will make your experience enjoyable.

    What you need

    It may be helpful to download and preview the powerpoint before the session. A notebook or digital device may be useful.

    What you can do next

    Further Discovering London courses at Morley; history classes leading to qualifications; walks with or without guides; additional reading.