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.
This is my latest podcast, and as the photograph suggests, it’s linked to fdenmark Hill and camberwell. Please listen, and if you enjoy it do please leave a comment here or on Podbean.
Many thanks. Continue reading “A Champion Adventurer”
Thanks to Nizan Shaked and the students from CSULB who joined me for a sunny walk about women today. Continue reading “Fair Maids and Men”
I needed a break from paperwork as well as a visit to the local studies library and so took myself out on a walk in the cold air.
I was delighted to see the scaffolding had been removed from Borough Road Library and the building open. it’s not been used as a library for many years. LSBU either owns it or leases it from Southwark Council. It’s a building I talk about on my Elephant and Castle walk, so I took the opportunity to look inside. Most of the building is for the sole use of the LSBU, for their apprenticeships, but there’s a light, bright café and friendly staff.
They weren’t terribly busy and kindly took the time to talk to me.
Inside the entrance I had seen this:
Who was he? I wanted to know, and why had John Passmore Edwards presented his likeness to the library over forty years after his death? Continue reading “William Molesworth”
Only a stone’s throw from central London, Camberwell and Denmark Hill is a delight. A neighbourhood of contrasts, with one of the best parks in south London (in all London?) gracious terraces of the late Georgian period and a secret wild garden. Add a plethora of great pubs, a great Greek bakery, a sublime chapel, and more than one art destination and you have a winner. Continue reading “Lovely Camberwell in Autumn”
My walk around the Elephant and Castle this Sunday morning* coincides with London Open House weekend. Much has changed in the neighbourhood since I first started leading walking tours around the Elephant some fifteen years ago, and the tours have changed too.
Hey ho, it’s back to school they go. Meaning London is quieter as well as cooler. The crowds in the museums and galleries are thinning out and there are hints of autumn in the air.
For a Keatsian moment visit the British Museum. You could contact me to arrange a private tour, or come on a public tour. I’ll be there this afternoon, 22nd August, meeting outside Russell Square tube at 2.15, and again next Monday,27th August, at 2.30.
The City is endlessly fascinating. Such a small area packs an impressive punch. I am always happy to lead bespoke tours around the Square Mile on a variety of subjects and themes.
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.
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.
Continue reading “Camberwell Arts Fest 2018”