South East London Folklore Society

The South East London Folklore Society is a monthly pub meeting held on the second Thursday of every month in the upstairs room of The Old King’s Head 47-49 Borough High Street SE1 at 8pm.

Octobers’s Talk is on Thursday October 10th & is


The Knap Of Howar

Artist, author, teacher and master geometer Nicholas Cope presents a summary of his many years research on the five and a half thousand-year-old ‘Knap of Howar’, the remarkably well-preserved Neolithic stone-built structure on the island of Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland.

Nicholas’s illustrated presentation describes the geometry which informs this buildings design and presents this within a symbolic context. He also includes related ideas from Pythagorean principles to Indian metaphysical concepts. His findings suggest that the early peoples of Britain had a fundamental understanding of arithmetic, geometry and the universality of mathematics at least 3,000 years before the time of Plato.

Nicholas studied for his Masters in ‘Visual Islamic & Traditional Arts’ at the Royal College of Art in the early 90’s. In 2016 Nicholas’s book ‘The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry’, a collaboration with Prof. Keith Critchlow, was published by Kairos Publications.

The talk is in the upstairs room of the Old King’s Head & starts at 8pm. It costs £5/3concs

you can email to book or roll up on the night & chance your arm.