St. George is the patron saint of England. His cross forms the national flag of England, and features within the Union Flag of the United Kingdom. Traces of the cult of St. George in England antedate the Norman Conquest in the 11th century; by the 14th century, the saint had been declared both the patron saint and the protector of the royal family.
Very little is known about the real St. George. He is thought to have been born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey. He followed his father's profession of soldier and became part of the retinue of the Emperor Diocletian. The emperor ordered the systematic persecution of Christians and George refused to take part. In 303, he was himself tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr.
The legend of George slaying a dragon and rescuing an innocent maiden from death is medieval. St. George's Day is celebrated in England on 23 April, reputed to be the day of George's martyrdom.
Today's walk, although a day late, is a wander linking a few of the many places dedicated to St. George; St. George In The East, St. George German Lutheran, St. George the Martyr (Southwark), the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. George, St. George the Martyr (Holborn), St. George (Bloomsbury), St. George (Hanover Square) and St. George (Kensington).
Distance: around 11 miles.