Just one public walk this week at the moment, and that is one of my South London specials: Princes and Paupers.
It’s a guided walk around the neighbourhood of Kennington, an area best known for cricket, MPs and Charlie Chaplin.
Naturally I’m going to show you there is far more more to Kennington than that. I mean, how many art galleries do you know that are housed in ex public lavatories?
This walk starts outside Kennington tube at 10.45 on Saturday 24th January and lasts around two hours, finishing within a few minutes walk of the tube station, and even closer to a very nice pub which serves food. Your choice. The walk costs £9, or £7 for full time students and ver 65s. Continue reading
Although I am deeply disappointed that manager Malcolm will not be donning a winged collar and dressing as the first manager of the Walworth Road branch of Marks and Spencer did a hundred years ago, and equally disappointed that the rest of the staff will not be wearing 1913 uniforms either, I have been assured that there will be photographs and artefacts so that by the end of Saturday we shall be able to picture more clearly how the shop and its staff would have looked.
Not so long ago, the shopfront had a makeover to come in line with other branches up and down the country.
In the past few years there has been a significant change in Walworth. More and more people are coming out of the closet and proclaiming their affection for, and pride in, the area. Maybe it is in response to the regeneneration, where the original plans seemed to suggest that ours was a neighbourhood without much going for it. We were stung. Nowhere did the plans mention Manor Place Baths, Pullens Yards. I’m not even sure that the elegant St Peter’s Walworth was cited.
Anyway. There are now a number of local groups; friends of this and that; the Walworth Society.