Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists – A Guided Walk 25th January

These women and more feature in my walk this Saturday. Can you name them? All had or have a connection with this little corner of Southwark that stretches between Southwark tube station and Borough High Street.

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Fair Weather for Fair Maids

After a damp and cool few days, the weather is set fair for the weekend, just in time for Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists, a walk in north Southwark featuring women. Some of the names will be familiar, others have somehow dropped from sight, although their work and influence lives on. Some were infamous, others famous.


Even if you think you know this patch of London between Southwark tube and Borough High Street, I’m willing to bet you’ll learn something new.
Join me this Saturday, 1st June at 10.45 outside Southwark station for a two hour guided walk.
The cost is just £9, or £7 for over 65s and full-time students.
You’ll be able to recognise me as I shall be wearing my Blue Badge, and holding some London Walks leaflets.

Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists

by Darrell Berry

It’s a walk that corrects the balance. The stars wear petticoats, not pantaloons. Women may not apear as often as men in the history books, but that doesn’t mean they have been sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. Far from it. Knitting up a storm more like. From princesses to prostitutes, they have made their mark and shaped the world we live in today. Some have relied their looks, others their wit. Continue reading