This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
London has long been recognised as the main contributor to literature on a global scale. There are many famous authors who were born in London. Here is a list of 10 writer birthplaces in London you might want to visit.
1. Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer was born in 1343. He was born in London city at his parent’s house on Thames St. He achieved a high level of success and fame as an author, philosopher, and astronomer. Chaucer is commonly referred to as the Father of English Literature.
He is credited with legitimising the literary use of Middle English, which was very important because at the time French and Latin had been the primary literary vernacular.
He was born into money in a family of the bourgeois class. They descended from a wealthy family that was known for its wine trade. He worked with the British court his entire life, starting from 1357, when he became a public servant of Countess Elizabeth.
Thames St. today is split into Lower and Upper Thames. This road sits in the middle of the historic financial centre of London with London Bridge marking the divide between the two.
Not much of the original structures remain as this area was heavily bombed during the Blitz of WWII. Most recently, this street was part of the 2012 Olympic marathons.