It was Walworth Heritage Day today, organised by the Walworth Society. My Blue Badge colleague Kim and I led two walks in the morning. Shelagh, the guide who had worked with me to devise the walk, was unfortunately not able to be in London this weekend.
The weather was unpromising to begin with, clammy and humid. Then the heavens opened. Local MP Simon Hughes joined my group as I did an extended introduction from the shelter of the railway arch.
But rain did not stop play, and both Kim and I had the satisfaction of positive feedback and good post walk chat from our groups.
It’s always nice when you take people around their local area and they discover something new about where they live.
You might not think Wansey Street could have anything brighter than these buildings, but the Californian Poppies and Marigolds of the Mobile Gardeners at the end of the street gave them a run for their money.
We finished at St Peter’s church where Diana had her photographic panoramas of the Walworth Road on display; a valuable record of how things are today.
I’m staying local next Saturday with a different walk also in Walworth. That one starts outside Kennington tube at 10.45 am, and I am doing it for London Walks. It lasts around two hours and finishes at the artists’ studios which are open all weekend. You can combine it with visiting Garden Squares which are also open.
What’s not to like?
The cost is just £9, or £7 for concessions.