Thursday, 29th August, 2013: TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CITY
The buildings going up in the City these days are providing a dramatic new skyline. The Shard and the Gherkin lead the way – but what about the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, The Pinnacle and others that are on the drawing boards? London has many spectacular buildings and the influence of great architects over the centuries has won world acclaim. Why is it necessary to re-shape London’s skyline and what are historians learning about the Roman and Saxon settlements now being exposed by all the new construction? This walk recalls the changes now taking place and what happened after the two major events which had such an impact on the City – the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of World War Two.
Joining the walk: Meet close to the ticket barrier at Liverpool Street at 10.45 am. You can also meet me at Leigh-on-Sea station at 9.00 am or Fenchurch Street station 10.20 am.
Monday, 2nd September 2013: 347 YEARS AGO TODAY!
The event which destroyed over two-thirds of the mediaeval City started exactly 347 years ago today – the Great Fire of London. Yet this catastrophy led to a dramatic surge in the building, new ideas and increased trade which began the transformation of London into a city of world importance and influence. We start this walk at the Monument, close to the bakery where the fire started on that fateful day, and complete our journey in Giltspur Street where the flames were finally doused five days later.
Joining the walk: Be at the Monument Station (District and Circle line) at 10.45 am. You can also meet me at Leigh-on-Sea station at 9.00 am or Fenchurch Street at 10.20 am.
September 21st/22nd (Saturday and Sunday)2013 : LONDON OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
This fascinating event gives you an opportunity to visit some of the places which are rarely open to the public. Although I shall not be doing any walks, there are guided tours available from the Guildhall on the two days.
For more details and a full programme of activities go to www.openhouselondon.org.uk
Tuesday, 24th September 2013: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
A wartime tragedy that cost the lives of 173 people at Bethnal Green station forms the background to a walk which looks at an area that was once blighted by some of the worst housing conditions in London. Today the impact of a multi-cultural population has changed the character of Bethnal Green yet it remains a place where memories of the old East End are as strong as ever. Stairway to Heaven is the memorial to those wartime days and the walk finishes even further in the past – at the Museum of Childhood which was founded in 1872.
Joining the walk: We meet by the ticket barriers at Bethnal Green underground station (Central Line) at 10.45 am. You can also join me at Leigh-on-Sea at 9.00 am.
If you require more information about travel and fares on any of these walks then please contact me by email or telephone and I can advise you on the details.
Three interesting walks. You are very welcome to come along.
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