Public Walks 18th – 24th June 2018

Just two public walks this week.

The first is on Thursday 21st, Bermondsey: London’s Hidden Village meeting for 10.30am at Bermondsey tube station, finishing near London Bridge and Borough Market.

Forgotten Chain

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Camberwell Arts Fest 2018

I am pleased to again be taking part in the Camberwell ArtsFest. This year the festival theme is All’s Well which fits perfectly with Camberwell’s early reputation as a healthy spot, a spa, a place with its own healing waters.

All’s Well

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This week’s public walks, 4th-9th June inclusive

The sun is shining, the skies are blue, it’s not too hot – perfect for getting out and about and exploring.

These public walks are ones where you just turn up at the start point, pay £10 (cash only) and join the tour. There is no need to prebook. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge, the badge only qualified, professional guides are awarded.

Monday 4th June:
Greenwich, meet 10.15 outside Tower Hill tube, opposite the tram coffee stop. The tour finishes in Greenwich at 1pm. We take the boat to Greenwich so there is an additional charge of £6.50 for this tour.
British Museum, meet 2.30 outside Russell Square tube opposite where Barry sells freshly squeezed orange juice and other refreshments.

Barry in winter

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The week’s public walks, from 13th May 2018

As well as leading walk for families, companies and individuals, I lead a number of tours where members of the public can join me and pay an individual fee. Today, Saturday, I was working in the Palace of Westminster, aka the Houses of Parliament; a prestigious establishment and one that happily kept me out of the rain.

If the weather forecast is correct, I should remain dry tomorrow too, as the rain is due to die away as I begin C the City at 10.45 outside St Paul’s tube station, exit 2. Continue reading

A Grand Place for Getting Headaches

Millicent Fawcett has been in the news a fair amount recently for a woman who has been dead for 89 years. So what’s all the fuss about?

Maquette in City Hall

Well, a statue of her has been unveiled in Parliament Square this week as part of the commemorations marking a century since women in the UK got the vote. The struggle was long and difficult, and a number of bodies, including parliament, are hoping an awareness of how hard women had to fight for the right for a say in our parliament might encourage more women, especially young women, to vote.https://goo.gl/images/p1EnSR

As 2018 rolls on, the issues surrounding the silencing of women in today’s world are getting more attention, so maybe it’s going to be the moment when generations of women start to assert their rights at the ballot box.

Fawcett was a suffragist, not a suffragette, and it’s important to remind ourselves that there were many women’s organisations demanding the right to vote, many voices, not a single one, just as women today come in all shades of political hue and hold widely diverging opinions.
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Mayflower 400: Rotherhithe

In 2020 it will be four hundred years since the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the new world on board The Mayflower, sailing to join another ship, The Speedwell, in Southampton. But after springing a leak, The Speedwell did not make the journey across the Atlantic, and her passengers crowded onto The Mayflower which left Plymouth alone 6th September 1620.

Pilgrim Father with C20 Child

1620 A-Z of the New World

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This Week’s Public Walks

This week the public walks I am doing are:
Monday: British Museum highlights, meet outside Russell Sq tube station for 2.30

Wednesday: Old London – St Paul’s to the Tower, meet outside x2 St Paul’s station for 2.15

Thursday: The Famous Old Square Mile, meet outside Monument station for 11.00

Saturday: C the City, meet meet outside x2 St Paul’s station for 2.30

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A Spring in my Step

London under snow was beautiful, but I can’t say I’m sorry the thaw has come. It was cold. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Now the mercury is rising, the daylight hours are longer, and with the snow gone growth is apparent everywhere you look.
I’ll be leading a number of public tours over the next few weeks, starting with one around the Elephant and Castle on Sunday.
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Eltham Palace

Royal London exerts a certain pull and many visitors to the capital have Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace high on their lists of things to see. Others head out to Hampton Court, the sumptuous palace created by Thomas Wolsey and expanded by Henry VIII. Then there’s Greenwich where just one wall remains of the palace where Henry VIII was born. In Bermondsey you can see the site of Edward III’s manor house uncovered by archaeologists.

Fewer visitors make the trip out to Eltham Palace, SE9, and that’s a shame because it is a wonderful place, managed today by English Heritage, the same organisation that manages Stonehenge.

I was there last week on a thrillingly cold day where fortunately the sun put in an appearance by late morning. It’s an easy trip by public transport, take the train from Charing Cross or London Bridge and you’ll be there in a trice. Alternatively, don your walking boots and follow the Green Chain Walk or the Capital Ring.

How can I walk there?

These panels at the ticket office and visitor centre, where there’s also a shop and a café, helpfully give the site’s history.

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