How John Taylor Saved Christmas – Wednesday 6th December 2023

Thames Waterman John Taylor’s portrait hangs in Waterman’s Hall and he frequently transported the leading writers of his day (Shakespeare and Ben Johnson) across the river to theatres like the Globe on his wherry. He tried to interest them in his writing and through this he got to know the Stuart royal family. He became known as ‘The King’s Water Poet.’

Christmas was banned by the Puritans during the English Civil War 375 years ago. Taylor famously stood up for Christmas and his personification of Christmas helped to establish the traditional image we have today of Father Christmas.
There will be screening of a film and then a short talk on Taylor and the attempt to ban Christmas.

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