It’s all in the name: how a neighbourhood’s name and street names can reveal its history

The Beehive

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Street names can tell us much about our neighbourhoods’ histories. This podcast is about some streets in my neighbourhood of Walworth, with a brief foray into Camberwell, and how a county cricket club came into being.

Some of the Sisterhood

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This episode is about some of the women I talk about on my various walks and tours. Some are role models, others definitely not. With women’s stories so often excluded from mainstream history, I find it fascinating to learn about how they have contributed to the world. Continue reading “Some of the Sisterhood”

Kennington Park se11 Podcast

I have put up a new podcast about Kennington Park, a green space close to my home. You can hear it by clicking this link.


Kennington Park covers fifteen acres, it was south London’s first park. During London’s lockdown it continues to provide welcome open space for flat dwellers and dog walkers, families and fitness fanatics, nature lovers and casual walkers, in short everyone looking for a beautiful outside space to exercise.

A New World

Despite having no paid work or income at the moment I am still keeping myself busy working on projects which I hope will bear fruit in a future where we are allowed out and about once more. Obviously there’s the podcasting where I have dipped my toe, but I am also revising notes, starting to research via the internet walks and tours I shall be able to offer when we are out of lockdown.

The Thames and Tower Bridge under Grey Skies[/caption]

Who knows how tourism will look in twelve months time? This may be the start of a completely different way of doing things. That is exciting as well as daunting. Continue reading “A New World”

Not to be missed

Another beautiful, sunny day in London, but cold. Cold by our standards anyway, though visitors from Canada, parts of the US, even Ireland, tell me it’s warmer here than at home.

It makes sense to divide your time between the outdoors and a warmer environment. There are two exhibitions, both ending soon, I recommend. Both Bridget Riley and Mary Quant were born in south London.

Bridget Riley, she of the famous canvases of dots, stripes and geometric shapes, has an exhibition that ends this week at the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank.

The captions are my own.
Continue reading “Not to be missed”

Flying the flag

I hear the current incumbent of the White House doesn’t like the new United States Embassy building in London. I can’t understand why. To my eye it is far more pleasing than the one in Grosvenor Square, plus it’s in Vauxhall, or at least Vauxhall/Battersea borders, and Vauxhall is one of my favourite London neighbourhoods.
Consider these exhibits:

The Embassy

The Embassy of the United States of America

The Embassy, detail

What, as they say, is not to like? Continue reading “Flying the flag”

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