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West: Jerusalem's Pillars - a Blake walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill

  • Marble Arch England, W1H 7EJ United Kingdom (map)

Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The final walk is West: Jerusalem's Pillars - a Blake walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill.

As well as exploring the sites where Blake lived, worked and studied, the series also explores site that Blake mythologised in his poetry and art. The single most important of those sites to the mature Blake was Tyburn, site of public executions from 1196-1783.

McDevitt also locates the fascinating site of his wife Catherine Blake's widowhood and tells the horrifying story of what happened to Blake's manuscripts and copperplates after her death.

The walk culminates at the bardic site of Primrose Hill with its wonderful monument to Blake's conversation with 'the Spiritual Sun'. En route McDevitt will try to pinpoint the visionary site of Jerusalem's pillars, tracing it to a childhood memory of visiting The Jews Harp Tavern

THE FIELDS from Islington to Marybone,
To Primrose Hill and Saint John’s Wood,
Were builded over with pillars of gold;
And there Jerusalem’s pillars stood.

Meeting point: Under Marble Arch (the arch itself, not the station!). 1pm-4pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.