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September 2019

September 19th: The Timber Trail

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Surrey Quays was once one of the busiest inland dock areas close to the centre of London,mainly importing timber from the Baltic States.   Altogether there were 13 docks linked by a network of canals. In the two decades after the war there was a revival of fortune for all the London Docks but they could not cope with the advance of containerisation and the area became run-down and eventually derelict.    Today, however, mature woodland has replaced some of the docks,…

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September 25th: Walking the Wall

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Roman London has almost disappeared but remnants of the City Wall, built mainly in the late 2ndor early 3rdcentury,  can still be seen. The Romans needed to protect the flourishing commercial centre of Britain which, by the early 2nd Century, was a city of wealth and status.  Defensive towers and bastions were added but by the 4thcentury the influence of the Roman Empire was waning and aggressive outside forces were threatening Britain. The Romans abandoned Britain in 410 and today the…

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October 2019

October 15th: Easy Does It In Islington

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Exploring some of the squares and open spaces in Islington can be a revelation. Once it was an 18thcentury village noted for dairy farming and those who could afford to move away from the smells, dirt and poverty of the expanding City were able to enjoy clean air and fresh water spas.  By the 19thcentury more houses were being built as country estates were broken up. Today many celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs, professional people and businessmen pay millions of pounds for properties…

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October 24th: St. George in the East

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

would expect, about crime, poverty, riots and poor health. Yet there are stories of heroism, bravery and individuals who have made this a colourful part of East London to explore.  The highlight of the walk will be a visit to the River Thames Police Museum at Wapping.  It is rarely open to the public but Robert Jeffries,the Curator,has agreed to do so for our LONDON FOOTSTEPS group. It will beinteresting to learn why the River Police unit was formed in…

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