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guided walks around the City of London

Erasing history?

Those who have been on my Docklands and Limehouse walks know that we finish outside the Museum of Dockland before being revitalised by a pint and a curry special in the next door Wetherspoon pub, The Ledger Building.   The walk has always ended on a controversial note as I explain why the statue of  Robert…
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Zoom lecture for U3A group

The talk I gave to members of South Woodham Ferrers U3A via Zoom was a great success and demonstrates that this on-line facility is giving members of the organisation a chance to get involved in some U3A activities from the comfort of their own homes.  For me it was also a chance to launch a…
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AT LAST: SOME STREET WALKING !!

After six months ‘off the road’ I am pleased to say that September and October will see me back taking small tour groups around London. Because of restrictions, numbers are limited to just 10 people and everyone has to go on line to book a place. The Project has been launched by the City of…
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Life at a distance

Many people who join my walks or come to the talks often tell me about their own background and upbringing as well as the lives and fortunes of ageing relatives or those that have passed on.  Some of my presentations – notably POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND POVERTY – touch on stories and circumstances that involve their…
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Coronavirus delays future plans

This should be the time when most of my walking friends and enthusiasts are looking at the Spring programme and adding dates to their diaries and mobile phone calendars. That will have to wait as we all take note of Government advice and restrictions and hope that by July we may be exploring the streets…
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Doing the Lambeth Walk

BONNINGTON SQUARE and the THE PLEASURE GARDEN The square hidden away within a short distance of Vauxhall Station is yet another example of how London can be full of unexpected treasures, stories and places that provide so much intrigue and interest for visitors.  The houses in Bonnington Square were built for railway workers in the…
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Secrets of Roman London on Display

One of the latest visitor attractions in the City of London is also one of the best – the London Mithraeum. It provides a fascinating glimpse of what life was like during the time of the Roman occupation and shows us just how much the first centuries of London’s existence helped to shape the reputation…
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Welcome Home Mr Pepys

Mr. Pepys is back in his rightful place in Seething Lane. The great diarist Samuel Pepys will soon be restored to the place where he belongs – the garden at the rear of the PLA building in Seething Lane. He was taken away when the restoration work transformed this majestic one-time headquarters into the luxurious…
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Murder, Meat and Medicine

Smithfield – still a working meat market There’s a fascinating LONDON FOOTSTEPS walk coming up on Monday, 26th June 2017 – MURDER, MEAT AND MEDICINE. Are you interested in coming along and hearing about the part that Smithfield has played in the history London? Riots, murders, executions, even links with Monty Python. Henry VIII and…
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Remembering the Early Londoners

As the new office blocks currently going up re-shape the City skyline, it is worth reflecting on those who in past centuries have, in their own way, been a part of London’s remarkable 2000-year rise to prominence. Only a fraction of them appear in history books but that doesn’t mean we should forget them. Many…
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