Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area
Apr
25
2:00 PM14:00

Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area

  • Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace London SE18 7EA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of a series following the Thames from London looking at industrial, maritime and military history, this walk takes in an area that was once dominated by the testing grounds of the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. We'll walk along canals that were once used for carrying gunpowder, see the site of storage facilities for cordite, land where tanks were tested and a stretch of water once used for testing torpedoes. This stretch of the Thames features a dangerous bend called Tripcock Ness – we’ll go past a lighthouse which still marks the area, and hear tales from the river. In the 1960s, the area was built on to create a New Town within the boundaries of London - Thamesmead. We’ll look at the idealism of the plan and how Thamesmead is developing today. The walk also visits Medieval Lesnes Abbey, before finishing at Abbey Wood station.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace

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Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

  • William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), 531 Forest Road London E17 4PP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. The grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer clues to the area’s history, which is not what you might think. Starting at the award-winning William Morris Gallery, on this walk we will hear about the plagiarist who brought us Sweeney Todd and an interior designer nicknamed “Come and Seduce Me”, see a remnant of a post office designed by Robert Smirke and a theatre hidden within a school, visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House and finish at an industrial estate home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, the Wild Card Brewery and the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

TICKETS

Meet at William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), London E17 4PP

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Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders

  • East India DLR Station, Blackwall Way London E14 9PS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blackwall in London’s Docklands has as much maritime history as Greenwich – it’s just that you have to look a bit harder to find it. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith uses fragments of the old dockyard and street names to tell the story of the East India Company, who made Blackwall their home for almost 250 years. You will hear stories of bravery, greed and ingenuity. The walk also visits the Leamouth Peninsula, one of the most unusual places on the Thames with a maritime history of its own. Rob will also tell the stories of some of the ships built in the famous Blackwall Yard and you’ll hear how Blackwall is at the heart of communications in the 21st century.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at East India DLR Station

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Clapton - Royals to Riots
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Clapton - Royals to Riots

  • Hackney Central Station, off Amhurst Road London E8 1LL UK (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Clapton is just part of the borough of Hackney, but is packed full of interest - historical Tudor houses, famous playwrights, suffragettes, spies, Sixties pop stars - and, even though its more recent history has had troubling aspects, it is definitely an area on the upwards route: a rewarding place to visit which is rarely on the tourist itinerary.

Guide: Sue Doe

TICKETS

Meet at Hackney Central Station, off Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL

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Radical Women of the East End
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Radical Women of the East End

Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen. Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

TICKETS

Meet at Bow Church DLR Station, London E3 3AA

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Chingford: From Fields and the Forest to Royals and the Railway
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Chingford: From Fields and the Forest to Royals and the Railway

  • Chingford Railway Station, Station Road London E14 4PP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ivor Novello, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Victoria and the Forgotten Father of English Sport are among the characters with connections to the area that Joanna will introduce you to on this walk around Chingford and the part of Epping Forest beside it that was a hunting ground for Henry VIII. After the Epping Forest Act of 1878 and the arrival of the railways, Chingford and the Forest became a day out for hordes of Eastenders. Following an 1838 tithe map showing footpaths which still exist today, you will hear, among other things, about a family whose actions dramatically improved the lives of Chingford residents and a World War One Aerodrome, with connections to Novello, now lying beneath a reservoir. The walk finishes at a 19th Century refreshment retreat on the edge of the forest a short walk from the station.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

TICKETS

Meet at Chingford Railway Station, London E14 4PP

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20th Century Buildings in Hackney
May
9
2:00 PM14:00

20th Century Buildings in Hackney

  • Hackney Central Overground Station, Amhurst Road London E8 1LL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This two-hour walk looks at the exteriors of very different buildings, all built during the 20th Century. From the grandeur of the famous Hackney Empire, civic pride of Hackney Town Hall, and the post war simplicity of Brett Manor, to more recent buildings like Sutton Square and Hackney Academy, Hackney has a range of buildings built in response to a variety of needs. Rob Smith will talk about the buildings and some of the social history context in which they were built.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Hackney Central Overground Station, Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL

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The London of Ronnie and Reggie Kray
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

The London of Ronnie and Reggie Kray

  • Whitechapel Station, Court Street - Temporary Exit London E1 1DG (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On this walk we will be exploring an area of London with an infamous and violent past – the East End of the 1960s dominated by the feared Kray Twins. Who were Ronnie and Reggie Kray? Two loving sons badly treated by the judicial system? Or hardened criminals who deserved everything they got? On this walk you will see the streets where they lived, the schools they played in and the pubs they frequented, learn how they operated - the protection rackets, the robberies, intimidation and murders - and visit the site of their most notorious murder. In researching this walk, Daniella spoke to members of her own family who lived in the East End during this period and who encountered the Krays to get a unique insight into this most infamous chapter in the history of London.

Guide: Daniella King

TICKETS

Meet at Whitechapel Station, Temporary Exit in Court Street, London E1 1DG

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Shipbuilding to Banking: The Isle of Dogs' Story
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Shipbuilding to Banking: The Isle of Dogs' Story

  • Island Gardens DLR Station London E14 3FA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Isle of Dogs has seen more major industries come and go than most parts of London and has been transformed in the process. Its marshy ground provided rich pasture before becoming a home by the river for world leading iron shipbuilding operations which gave way to cargo handling docks that were the “Pride of the Port of London” until they in turn were replaced by the global banking centre which now dominates the area.  On this waterside walk, we will look at these changing industries and hear about the communities and characters – from Scottish engineers to American bankers -- behind them, finding reminders of the old industries amid today’s gleaming towers and using archive photos to illustrate this fascinating area’s capacity to reinvent itself.

Guide: Andrew Parnell

TICKETS

Meet at Island Gardens DLR Station Exit

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Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area
May
24
2:00 PM14:00

Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area

  • Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace London SE18 7EA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of a series following the Thames from London looking at industrial, maritime and military history, this walk takes in an area that was once dominated by the testing grounds of the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. We'll walk along canals that were once used for carrying gunpowder, see the site of storage facilities for cordite, land where tanks were tested and a stretch of water once used for testing torpedoes. This stretch of the Thames features a dangerous bend called Tripcock Ness – we’ll go past a lighthouse which still marks the area, and hear tales from the river. In the 1960s, the area was built on to create a New Town within the boundaries of London - Thamesmead. We’ll look at the idealism of the plan and how Thamesmead is developing today. The walk also visits Medieval Lesnes Abbey, before finishing at Abbey Wood station.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace

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Through the Marshes - Along the Thames from Rainham to Purfleet
Jun
10
11:00 AM11:00

Through the Marshes - Along the Thames from Rainham to Purfleet

  • Rainham Station, Ferry Lane London RM13 9HY (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of Rob Smith’s series of walks along the Thames going East, this takes us from Rainham where we'll visit the gardens of Rainham Hall - a house built by a ship’s captain who operated his shipping fleet from the village when it was a busy port – before crossing the site of a former military training camp until we reach the Thames, where we'll look at the history of industry in the area. Then it is a peaceful stroll along the Thames through an area that is now an RSPB nature reserve but once rattled to the sound of machine gun fire. The walk ends in Purfleet which used to be a popular destination for day trippers and Dracula!

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Rainham Station, Ferry Lane, London RM13 9HY

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20th Century Buildings in Hackney
Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

20th Century Buildings in Hackney

  • Hackney Central Overground Station, Amhurst Road London E8 1LL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This two-hour walk looks at the exteriors of very different buildings, all built during the 20th Century. From the grandeur of the famous Hackney Empire, civic pride of Hackney Town Hall, and the post war simplicity of Brett Manor, to more recent buildings like Sutton Square and Hackney Academy, Hackney has a range of buildings built in response to a variety of needs. Rob Smith will talk about the buildings and some of the social history context in which they were built.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Hackney Central Overground Station, Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL

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Industrial History of Dagenham Dock
Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

Industrial History of Dagenham Dock

  • Dagenham Dock Station, Chequers Lane London RM9 6PR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However, the Dagenham Dock has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes explosives manufacturing, shipbuilding and power generation. You'll get to see the site where the last battleship built on the Thames was completed, London's other flood relief barrier, oil storage depots, scrapyards and a fantastic stretch of the Thames which is an empty white patch on the A-Z. This is a longer walk - around 5 miles - but fans of Patrick Keiller's Robinson films, and Iain Sinclair's books will enjoy being in this extremely off the beaten track part of London.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Dagenham Dock Station, Chequers Lane

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Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea
Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea

  • Stratford Station, Station Street London E15 1AZ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

While a certain sporting event in 2012 has transformed the area west of Stratford, the Lower Lea Valley between Stratford and the Thames still retains a post-industrial feel. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith looks at the industrial heritage of the area and the fantastic Victorian (and earlier) architecture that remains. He will talk about how the Lea was important to the development of London. You will see buildings associated with railways, printing, canals, sewage, mills, shipbuilding and gas supply, and see what is planned in the area for the future.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Stratford Station, Station Street, London E15 1AZ

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Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea

  • Stratford Station, Station Street London E15 1AZ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

While a certain sporting event in 2012 has transformed the area west of Stratford, the Lower Lea Valley between Stratford and the Thames still retains a post-industrial feel. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith looks at the industrial heritage of the area and the fantastic Victorian (and earlier) architecture that remains. He will talk about how the Lea was important to the development of London. You will see buildings associated with railways, printing, canals, sewage, mills, shipbuilding and gas supply, and see what is planned in the area for the future.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Stratford Station, Station Street, London E15 1AZ

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Isle of Dogs: The Boundaries between Public and Private Housing
Jun
27
2:30 PM14:30

Isle of Dogs: The Boundaries between Public and Private Housing

  • Heron Quays DLR Station London E14 4JB (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Isle of Dogs had a rich history of public housing, including outstanding 1920s Homes for Heroes estates built by radical Poplar councillors in the era before the Docklands Development Corporation initiated a private sector led renewal. Private housing has come to dominate the Island in just a generation, since the creation of Canary Wharf. This walk traces the boundaries between private and public housing in this fascinating tour of the western Isle of Dogs, ending near Mudchute DLR.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

TICKETS

Meet at Heron's Quay DLR Station, London E14 4JB

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Capital Ring Section 13: Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Capital Ring Section 13: Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick

  • Stoke Newington Station, Stamford Hill London N16 6YA United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the Capital Ring circular route round inner London, much of this walk follows London's second greatest river, the River Lea and the Lee Navigation, joining the river at the Horseshoe Bridge, following the towpath by Walthamstow Marshes and Hackney Marshes and finishing by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park near Hackney Wick Station, offering historical and industrial interest as well as wildlife and water, taking in the railway arch where A V Roe in 1909 achieved the first all-British powered flight, the remains of the filter beds that provided drinking water for East London and an outpost of Eton College.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

TICKETS

Meet at Stoke Newington Station, Stamford Hill, London N16 6YA

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The Long Good Friday Revisited
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Long Good Friday Revisited

  • Tower Hill Tube Station, Trinity Square London EC3N 4DJ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the 1980 classic thriller The Long Good Friday, Bob Hoskins’ character, Harold Shand, gives his view on the future of Docklands: “I believe this is the decade in which London will become Europe's capital. Having cleared away the outdated, we've got mile after mile and acre after acre of land, for our future prosperity. No other city in the world... has got right in its centre, such an opportunity... for profitable progress.” While things don't go well for Harold - his vision of the future proves fairly accurate and the old docks are redeveloped and London does host the Olympics. On this walk, Rob visits many of the East London locations from the film -- some recognisable, some changed beyond Harold's wildest dreams -- and also talks about the recent history of Docklands that brought the changes about.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Tower Hill Tube Station, Trinity Square, EC3N 4DJ

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Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

  • Bermondsey Station, Jamaica Road London SE16 4RX United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

TICKETS

Meet at Bermondsey Station, London SE16 4RX

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Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps

  • Middle of Aftab Ali Park, Aldgate East, Adler Street London E1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The walk follows the route taken by Charles Booth in 1898 to research his famous poverty maps. Along the way we experience one of London's most historic and vibrant quarters, coloured by 400 years of immigration. The voices of writers such as Jack London, Israel Zangwill and Samuel Pepys vie with contemporary accounts to paint a picture of a constantly changing environment and population. As the City of London encroaches onto the ancient land of Spitalfields we discuss the implications for present and future populations.

Guide: Sean Patterson

TICKETS

Meet in Middle of Altab Ali Park, Adler St, Aldgate East, London E1

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Radical Women of the East End
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Radical Women of the East End

  • Bow Church DLR Station London E3 3AA United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen. Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

TICKETS

Meet at Bow Church DLR Station, London E3 3AA

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Art and Industry in East London
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Art and Industry in East London

  • Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station, Pudding Mill Lane London E15 2NH (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Roughly following the line of the Greenwich Meridian from the Bow Back Rivers at Pudding Mill Lane, this East London walk traces the industrial heritage of the lower Lea Valley from fine porcelain in the 18th century, through gasworks, gin, cosmetics and explosives to film studios. As we go we follow part of The Line, London's first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk.   We finish at the now green oasis of Gasworks Dock with the chance for refreshments before a short walk to Star Lane DLR station.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

TICKETS

Meet at Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station, London E15 2NH

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Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea
Mar
27
11:00 AM11:00

Working River - An Industrial History of the Lower Lea

  • Stratford Station, Station Street London E15 1AZ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

While a certain sporting event in 2012 has transformed the area west of Stratford, the Lower Lea Valley between Stratford and the Thames still retains a post-industrial feel. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith looks at the industrial heritage of the area and the fantastic Victorian (and earlier) architecture that remains. He will talk about how the Lea was important to the development of London. You will see buildings associated with railways, printing, canals, sewage, mills, shipbuilding and gas supply, and see what is planned in the area for the future.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Stratford Station, Station Street, London E15 1AZ

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Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

  • William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow London E17 4PP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. The grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer clues to the area’s history, which is not what you might think. Starting at the award-winning William Morris Gallery, on this walk we will hear about the plagiarist who brought us Sweeney Todd and an interior designer nicknamed “Come and Seduce Me”, see a remnant of a post office designed by Robert Smirke and a theatre hidden within a school, visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House and finish at an industrial estate home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, the Wild Card Brewery and the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

TICKETS

Meet at William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), London E17 4PP

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Through the Marshes - Along the Thames from Rainham to Purfleet
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Through the Marshes - Along the Thames from Rainham to Purfleet

  • Rainham Station, Ferry Lane London RM13 9HY (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of Rob Smith’s series of walks along the Thames going East, this takes us from Rainham where we'll visit the gardens of Rainham Hall - a house built by a ship’s captain who operated his shipping fleet from the village when it was a busy port – before crossing the site of a former military training camp until we reach the Thames, where we'll look at the history of industry in the area. Then it is a peaceful stroll along the Thames through an area that is now an RSPB nature reserve but once rattled to the sound of machine gun fire. The walk ends in Purfleet which used to be a popular destination for day trippers and Dracula!

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Rainham Station, Ferry Lane, London RM13 9HY

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Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders
Mar
13
2:00 PM14:00

Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders

  • East India DLR Station, Blackwall Way London E14 9PS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blackwall in London’s Docklands has as much maritime history as Greenwich – it’s just that you have to look a bit harder to find it. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith uses fragments of the old dockyard and street names to tell the story of the East India Company, who made Blackwall their home for almost 250 years. You will hear stories of bravery, greed and ingenuity. The walk also visits the Leamouth Peninsula, one of the most unusual places on the Thames with a maritime history of its own. Rob will also tell the stories of some of the ships built in the famous Blackwall Yard and you’ll hear how Blackwall is at the heart of communications in the 21st century.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at East India DLR Station

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20th Century Buildings in Hoxton and Haggerston
Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

20th Century Buildings in Hoxton and Haggerston

  • Hoxton Overground Station, Geffrye Street London E2 8FF (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This two-hour walk looks at the exteriors of very different buildings, all built during the 20th Century. From the Edwardian splendour of the former public baths, a school designed by Erno Goldfinger, a factory that made aircraft landing lights, to more recent works like the Geffrye Museum Extension. Guide Rob Smith will talk about the buildings and some of the social history context in which they were built.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Hoxton Overground Station, Geffrye Street, E2 8FF

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Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

  • Bermondsey Station, Jamaica Road London SE16 4RX (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

TICKETS

Meet at Bermondsey Station, London SE16 4RX

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Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

  • William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), 531 Forest Road Walthamstow London E17 4PP United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. The grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer clues to the area’s history, which is not what you might think. Starting at the award-winning William Morris Gallery, on this walk we will hear about the plagiarist who brought us Sweeney Todd and an interior designer nicknamed “Come and Seduce Me”, see a remnant of a post office designed by Robert Smirke and a theatre hidden within a school, visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House and finish at an industrial estate home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, the Wild Card Brewery and the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

TICKETS

Meet at William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance), London E17 4PP

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Secrets of Stepney Green
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Secrets of Stepney Green

  • Stepney Green Tube Station, Mile End Road London E1 4AQ United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Stepney is an area steeped in history and intrigue that over time has attracted the rich, the famous and the infamous -- monarchs, explorers and people of religion and of charity. It grew -- and declined -- with the London Docks and was one of the most heavily bombed areas of London during the Second World War. On our walk, we will see into Stepney's rich past through its churches, palaces and gorgeous Georgian mansions. All around, we will see examples of its faded grandeur. It is where our guide Daniella was brought up and where her family can be traced back over 200 years -- so she knows it well.

Guide: Daniella King

TICKETS

Meet at Stepney Green Tube Station, Mile End Road, London E1 4AQ

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Treasure Island: The Isle of Dogs' Hidden Gems
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Treasure Island: The Isle of Dogs' Hidden Gems

  • South Quay DLR Station (East Exit, Harbour Exchange side) London E14 9SH (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This walk reveals some of the lesser known architectural gems of the Isle of Dogs, mostly outside of the banking area at Canary Wharf, from housing – social, private and charitable -- to glistening offices to ornate buildings with important public functions. It also takes you to some natural features and green spaces that might surprise the first time visitor to this fascinating area that has retained its special charm in the face of the bombing, wholesale regeneration and massive economic change that it underwent in the 20th century.

Guides: Leigh, William and Andrew

TICKETS

Meet at South Quay DLR Station, east exit (Harbour Exchange side)

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Industrial History of Dagenham Dock
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Industrial History of Dagenham Dock

  • Dagenham Dock Station, Chequers Lane London RM9 6PR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However, the Dagenham Dock has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes explosives manufacturing, shipbuilding and power generation. You'll get to see the site where the last battleship built on the Thames was completed, London's other flood relief barrier, oil storage depots, scrapyards and a fantastic stretch of the Thames which is an empty white patch on the A-Z. This is a longer walk - around 5 miles - but fans of Patrick Keiller's Robinson films, and Iain Sinclair's books will enjoy being in this extremely off the beaten track part of London.

Guide: Rob Smith

TICKETS

Meet at Dagenham Dock Station, Chequers Lane

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The London of Ronnie and Reggie Kray
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

The London of Ronnie and Reggie Kray

  • Whitechapel Station, temporary exit in Court Street London E1 1DG (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On this walk we will be exploring an area of London with an infamous and violent past – the East End of the 1960s dominated by the feared Kray Twins. Who were Ronnie and Reggie Kray? Two loving sons badly treated by the judicial system? Or hardened criminals who deserved everything they got? On this walk you will see the streets where they lived, the schools they played in and the pubs they frequented, learn how they operated - the protection rackets, the robberies, intimidation and murders - and visit the site of their most notorious murder. In researching this walk, Daniella spoke to members of her own family who lived in the East End during this period and who encountered the Krays to get a unique insight into this most infamous chapter in the history of London.

Guide: Daniella King

TICKETS

Meet at Whitechapel Station, Temporary Exit in Court Street, London E1 1DG

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Chingford: From Fields and Forest to Royals and the Railway
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Chingford: From Fields and Forest to Royals and the Railway

  • Chingford Railway Station, Station Road London E4 6AL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ivor Novello, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Victoria and the Forgotten Father of English Sport are among the characters with connections to the area that Joanna will introduce you to on this walk around Chingford and the part of Epping Forest beside it that was a hunting ground for Henry VIII. After the Epping Forest Act of 1878 and the arrival of the railways, Chingford and the Forest became a day out for hordes of Eastenders. Following an 1838 tithe map showing footpaths which still exist today, you will hear, among other things, about a family whose actions dramatically improved the lives of Chingford residents and a World War One Aerodrome, with connections to Novello, now lying beneath a reservoir. The walk finishes at a 19th Century refreshment retreat on the edge of the forest a short walk from the station.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

TICKETS

Meet at Chingford Railway Station

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Radical Women of the East End
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Radical Women of the East End

  • Bow Church DLR Station London E3 3AA (map)
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Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen. Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

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Meet at Bow Church DLR Station, London E3 3AA

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Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

  • Bermondsey Station, Jamaica Road London SE16 4RX (map)
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Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

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Meet at Bermondsey Station, London SE16 4RX

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Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area
Feb
15
2:30 PM14:30

Around Tripcock Ness - The History of the Thamesmead Area

  • Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace London SE18 7EA (map)
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One of a series following the Thames from London looking at industrial, maritime and military history, this walk takes in an area that was once dominated by the testing grounds of the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. We'll walk along canals that were once used for carrying gunpowder, see the site of storage facilities for cordite, land where tanks were tested and a stretch of water once used for testing torpedoes. This stretch of the Thames features a dangerous bend called Tripcock Ness – we’ll go past a lighthouse which still marks the area, and hear tales from the river. In the 1960s, the area was built on to create a New Town within the boundaries of London - Thamesmead. We’ll look at the idealism of the plan and how Thamesmead is developing today. The walk also visits Medieval Lesnes Abbey, before finishing at Abbey Wood station.

Guide: Rob Smith

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Meet at Plumstead Station, Walmer Terrace

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Radical Women of the East End
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Radical Women of the East End

  • Bow Church DLR Station London E3 3A (map)
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Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen. Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

Guide: Oonagh Gay

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Meet at Bow Church DLR Station, London E3 3AA

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Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

  • William Morriss Gallery (outside front entrance), 531 Forest Road London E17 4PP (map)
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There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. The grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer clues to the area’s history, which is not what you might think. Starting at the award-winning William Morris Gallery, on this walk we will hear about the plagiarist who brought us Sweeney Todd and an interior designer nicknamed “Come and Seduce Me”, see a remnant of a post office designed by Robert Smirke and a theatre hidden within a school, visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House and finish at an industrial estate home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, the Wild Card Brewery and the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

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Meet at William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)

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Surrey Docks Memories
Feb
7
2:30 PM14:30

Surrey Docks Memories

  • Canada Water Station, Deal Porter Way London SE16 7BB (map)
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As recently as 1979, 85% of the area around what is now Canada Water was occupied by the waters of the Surrey Commercial Docks. Since then there has been a radical transformation, the former docks and timber storage ponds becoming woodland, parks, housing and shops. A new phase of development is bringing change again. On this walk, Rob will find the buildings from the old docks that have survived, explain how the docks worked and tell the story of their complex history. He will also explain how this part of London transformed into Docklands and why it is different to Canary Wharf, its neighbour on the other side of the river.

Guide: Rob Smith

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Meet at Canada Water Station, Deal Porter Way

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The Royal Docks, Thames Barrier and Woolwich Ferry
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Royal Docks, Thames Barrier and Woolwich Ferry

  • Emirates Airline Royal Docks Terminal, 27 Western Gateway London E16 1FA (map)
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This walk looks at three pieces of engineering that have influenced East London history, threading its way through an area that has slowly been evolving for the last 30 years. The Royal Docks were the largest docks in the world when built. We will look at their construction, the goods that were traded there, and hear about the docks in wartime and the numerous plans for redevelopment since their decline. The Thames Barrier, built as a response to the horrendous floods of 1953, today keeps London safe without many Londoners giving it a second thought. We’ll view it from Thames Barrier Park, one of London's best kept secrets. We’ll then see some of London's largest surviving factories, before finishing with an optional but recommended trip across the Thames on the Woolwich Ferry, one of London's last genuinely retro experiences.

Guide: Rob Smith

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Meet at Emirates Airline Royal Docks Terminal

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Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Maritime Blackwall - Spice Traders and Ship Builders

  • East India Dock DLR Station, Blackwall Way London E14 9PS (map)
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Blackwall in London’s Docklands has as much maritime history as Greenwich – it’s just that you have to look a bit harder to find it. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith uses fragments of the old dockyard and street names to tell the story of the East India Company, who made Blackwall their home for almost 250 years. You will hear stories of bravery, greed and ingenuity. The walk also visits the Leamouth Peninsula, one of the most unusual places on the Thames with a maritime history of its own. Rob will also tell the stories of some of the ships built in the famous Blackwall Yard and you’ll hear how Blackwall is at the heart of communications in the 21st century

Guide: Rob Smith

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Meet at East India DLR Station

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Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
Jan
19
2:00 PM14:00

Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

  • William Morriss Gallery (outside front entrance), 531 Forest Road London E17 4PP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. The grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer clues to the area’s history, which is not what you might think. Starting at the award-winning William Morris Gallery, on this walk we will hear about the plagiarist who brought us Sweeney Todd and an interior designer nicknamed “Come and Seduce Me”, see a remnant of a post office designed by Robert Smirke and a theatre hidden within a school, visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House and finish at an industrial estate home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, the Wild Card Brewery and the Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.

Guide: Joanna Moncreiff

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Meet at William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)

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Old Poplar: In the footprints of the Midwife, Dickens, Dockers and Traders
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Old Poplar: In the footprints of the Midwife, Dickens, Dockers and Traders

  • Exit from All Saints Docklands Light Railway station, East India Dock Road London E14 0EA (map)
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Shaped by the untold wealth and power of the East India Company and later dominated by the docks, Poplar was the Warehouse of the British Empire. On Daniella’s walk you will discover stories of the ordinary people of the close-knit, loyal community that lived there – the streets, churches, warehouses and schools that they worked in and attended – and of world-famous figures associated with the area, from radical politicians to maritime explorers. You will hear how Poplar was London’s original and real Chinatown in Dickens’ time, find the real-life home of Jenny and the other characters of TV’s “Call the Midwife” and see how the area has been reinvented, with the gleaming towers of Canary Wharf, to become the Chicago of London.

Guide: Daniella King

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Meet at Exit from All Saints DLR Station, London E14 0EA



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Deptford. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps
Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Deptford. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps

  • By the Anchor Statue, junction of A2 and Deptford High Street London SE8 4AD (map)
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The walk follows the route taken by Charles Booth in 1899 to research his famous poverty maps. Along the way we experience one of London's most vivid high streets and hear tales of Captain Bligh's Bounty expedition, the blitz, the residency of Peter the Great of Russia and the death of Christopher Marlowe. We see the new Market Yard development and discuss the gentrification of the area.

Guide: Sean Patterson

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Meet by the Anchor Statue, junction of A2 and Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD

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The Long Good Friday Revisited
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

The Long Good Friday Revisited

  • Tower Hill Tube Station, Trinity Square London EC3N 4DJ (map)
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In the 1980 classic thriller The Long Good Friday, Bob Hoskins’ character, Harold Shand, gives his view on the future of Docklands: “I believe this is the decade in which London will become Europe's capital. Having cleared away the outdated, we've got mile after mile and acre after acre of land, for our future prosperity. No other city in the world... has got right in its centre, such an opportunity... for profitable progress.” While things don't go well for Harold - his vision of the future proves fairly accurate and the old docks are redeveloped and London does host the Olympics. On this walk, Rob visits many of the East London locations from the film -- some recognisable, some changed beyond Harold's wildest dreams -- and also talks about the recent history of Docklands that brought the changes about.

Guide: Rob Smith

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Meet at Tower Hill Tube Station, Trinity Square, EC3N 4DJ

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Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps
Dec
23
2:00 PM14:00

Whitechapel. The Charles Booth Poverty Maps

  • Middle of Altab Ali Park, Adler Street, Aldgate East London E1 (map)
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The walk follows the route taken by Charles Booth in 1898 to research his famous poverty maps. Along the way we experience one of London's most historic and vibrant quarters, coloured by 400 years of immigration. The voices of writers such as Jack London, Israel Zangwill and Samuel Pepys vie with contemporary accounts to paint a picture of a constantly changing environment and population. As the City of London encroaches onto the ancient land of Spitalfields we discuss the implications for present and future populations.

Guide: Sean Patterson

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Meet in Middle of Altab Ali Park, Adler St, Aldgate East, London E1

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