Red Discovery Trail: Wenlock and Mandeville

PhotoRoute has been working closely with the Greater London Authority to map their new Discovery Trails to guide locals and tourists around London during the Olympics, featuring the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. As we’ve been working closely photographing these characters, we though we’d write a bit about the most interesting mascots on each trail.

The Red Trail takes you through London’s political heart and the newly-renovated South Bank. Here is some information about the most interesting mascots on the Red Trail:

Union Flag MandevilleUnion Flag Mandeville

The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the flag of the United Kingdom. The current design dates from the Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The flag consists of the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England), edged in white, superimposed on the Cross of St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which are superimposed on the Saltire of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland).


Big Ben WenlockBig Ben Wenlock

Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is generally extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower as well. The clock tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It celebrated its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England. Big Ben is the largest chiming bell in the world!


Ceremonial Speaker WenlockCeremonial Speaker Wenlock

The Ceremonial Speaker is the presiding officer of the House of Commons. The Speaker presides over the House’s debates, determining which members may speak and is also responsible for maintaining order during debate, and may punish members who break the rules of the House.



Doctor WenlockDoctor Wenlock

Doctor Wenlock is situated outside St Thomas’ Hospital. St Thomas’ is a large teaching hospital and is, with Guy’s Hospital and King’s College Hospital, the location of King’s College London School of Medicine. It has provided health care freely or under charitable auspices since the 12th century and was originally located in Southwark.
St Thomas’ Hospital is one of London’s most famous hospitals, associated with names such as Astley Cooper, William Cheselden, Florence Nightingale, Linda Richards, Edmund Montgomery and Agnes Elizabeth Jones. It is a prominent London landmark – largely due to its location on the opposite bank of the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament. The hospital is named after St. Thomas Becket. Originally it was run by a mixed order of Augustinian monks and nuns, dedicated to St Thomas Becket.


Lambeth Palace MandevilleLambeth Palace Mandeville

Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in England. It is located in Lambeth, on the south bank of the River Thames a short distance upstream of the Palace of Westminster on the opposite shore. It was acquired by the archbishopric around 1200.

A-Z Map WenlockA-Z Map Wenlock

The A to Z occupies a very special place in our hearts. A London home isn’t complete without one and no savvy traveller would set out without it. As symbolic of the city as the tube map, the A to Z is synonymous with London.
The test that London black cab drivers take, called ‘The Knowledge’, uses the A-Z maps of London as a base and the maps for the test and acb drivers are supplied by the A-Z. ‘The Knowledge’ is infamous for being extremely detailed and cab drivers sit the final exam an average of 12 times before passing it.



Household Cavalry MandevilleHousehold Cavalry Mandeville

The Household Cavalry is the country’s most historically senior military group, in charge of functions directly associated with the Queen. The British Household Cavalry is made up of two regiments of the British armed forces, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. These regiments are divided between the Armoured Regiment stationed at Combermere Barracks in Windsor and the ceremonial mounted unit stationed at the London Knightsbridge Barracks at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment).




Westminster Abbey WenlockWestminster Abbey Wenlock:

Westminster Abbey is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still (and currently) monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1540 to 1550.

According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, the Abbey was first founded in the time of Mellitus (d. 624), Bishop of London, on the present site, then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island); based on a late tradition that a fisherman called Aldrich on the River Thames saw a vision of Saint Peter near the site. This seems to be quoted to justify the gifts of salmon from Thames fishermen that the Abbey received in later years. In the present era, the Fishmonger’s Company still gives a salmon every year.