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Join us for our Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 Walks

 


 

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Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Join us for a variety of scheduled walks – usually starting somewhere in Camden at 11am and with a duration between 90 minutes and 2 hours.  Some have well-known topics others cover more unusual things.  All walks will be led around somewhere in Camden by a qualified Camden Tour Guide.  Check back here for regular updates.

 


 

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Saturday 17 February at 11:00 am

Camden Saturdays: Houses and homes in St Pancras

Guides: Denise Arnold and Adrian Hindle-Briscall  

 

 

Houses and homes in St Pancras

 

The second walk in support of the Mayor of Camden’s nominated charity C4WS http://c4wshomelessproject.org/, this covers King’s Cross and Somers Town, the first part of the previous walk, concentrating on the housing of many types that existed here over two hundred years.

It shows the development of housing in the area, how it met, or in some cases failed from the start to meet needs, and the private and public bodies that tried to fill the gaps. Here, railways and transport were a huge factor, both adding to the problem and later helping to solve it.

From these streets Dickens’s family was evicted, people from many countries found home, and the local vicar became the moving spirit behind many flats, and also the pub landlord.

 

 


 

Sunday 18 February at 10:00 am

A Celebration of Jewish Culture in Camden

Guide: Stan Harris

 

Stan Harris Jewish Camden WalkA walk through Hampstead, Belsize Park and Camden Town accompanied by Camden’s Mayor, which starts at JW3, a centre of Jewish Culture and ends at the Jewish Museum with a half way stop at a Synagogue with complimentary light refreshments. Artists, authors, architects, musicians and philanthropists all make an appearance. Free entry to the Jewish Museum with a curator lead tour and a talk by the CEO of JW3. Full day walk with half day option.

 

 

 


 

Sunday 18 February at 2:00 pm

The Garretts of Gower Street

 

Guide: Sue McCarthy 

 

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This Bloomsbury Walk follows the lives of seven extraordinary women; all active suffragists. Elizabeth was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. Walk with me and see the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

 


 

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Saturday 24 February at 11:00 am

Somers Town: Saints and Sinners

Guide: Charles Wenz

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Somers Town Saints and SinnersSqueezed between Euston and St Pancras stations, Somers Town has long been overlooked, even by Londoners.
The coming of the railways in the nineteenth century brought thousands of labourers, overcrowded housing, dirt, noise and disease. This guided walk highlights some of the traces of a tumultuous history still visible in in the streets of Somers Town and reveals some of the personalities — the saints, sinners, heroes and villains — who have left their mark on what is one of most characterful districts of London.
We meet a host of characters, including an actual saint, a padre publican, alternative royalty, a controversial Empire builder, a discredited freedom fighter, feisty feminists, a prolific philanthropist with a nice dog, and the first London bobby killed in the line of duty.

The walk costs £5.00 per person, £4.00 for concessions. Just turn up on the day and pay then. The walk will take about 90 minutes.

Meet outside the UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, NW1 2AY, between Euston and St Pancras stations.

 


 

Saturday 24 February at 14:00 pm

Highgate: Village of the Damned

 

Guide: Paul Surma

Highgate Village of the Damned Paul SurmaTake a gentle walk into historic Highgate’s darker side, with traditions, witchcraft, highwaymen and spirits abound and see this high top village in a different light.

The heights of Highgate really come alive, in this journey through a country village, slowly being eaten away by the monster of the city as it encroaches into its domain.

It’s a place you can fall in love with and never want to leave, and on this walk you’ll hear of those souls who never have, and never will.

 

 

 


CSlogo   Saturday 10 March at 11:00 am

Residents, Rascals and Riots

Guide: Jo Wilkinson

 

Residents, Rascals and Riots JoExplore the streets of Holborn with Jo who grew up here. Meet eccentrics, inventors, writers, rogues and other local residents, including the unscrupulous property developer, the cross-dressing spy and the inventor of a lethal weapon and a fairground ride. Hear about robberies and riots ancient and modern and the trouble with a horse’s rear end. We will walk down some well known streets as well as some you might not have seen before and hear some surprising stories about the colourful characters whose lives, work and in some cases, crimes have shaped this area. We will meet some idealists and be shocked by some very bad behaviour indeed.

 


 

Saturday 17 March at 10:00 am

Walking the Hidden River Fleet

Guide: Jenni Bowley

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Exploring the route of the Fleet from Hampstead to Kentish Town – we will visit both sources of the river.

You can also book to follow the Fleet all the way to Blackfriars!

 

 

 


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Saturday 31 March at 11:00 am

Artful Camden Town

Guide: Jean Jacyna

 

2CA873B3-72A6-4282-894B-B6BEB4255DFEArt is all around in Camden Town so there’s plenty of colourful images, iconic signs and statues in its streets and markets, all with their own story to tell on this walk.

See a mural which tells a historic story, meet a couple of famous four-legged friends, spot the mark of a saint and interesting mosaics, admire art tributes to one of Camden Town’s very own, plus some vintage street art which still isn’t finished!

Meet outside the entrance to Chalk Farm underground station (Edgware Branch of the Northern Line)
Walk finishes at Mornington Crescent underground station

 


 

Saturday 14 April at 14:00

The Garretts of Gower Street

Guide: Sue McCarthy

 

Garretts of Gower Street 1This year marks the centenary of (some) women getting the vote. Meet seven extraordinary women of the Garrett family; all active suffragists. Three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth (Garrett Anderson) was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent (Garrett Fawcett) fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. Walk through Bloomsbury and see and see the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

 


 

Saturday 19 May at 14:00

The Garretts of Gower Street

Guide: Sue McCarthy

 

Garretts of Gower Street 1This year marks the centenary of (some) women getting the vote. Meet seven extraordinary women of the Garrett family; all active suffragists. Three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth (Garrett Anderson) was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent (Garrett Fawcett) fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. Walk through Bloomsbury and see and see the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

 


 

CSlogo    Saturday 16 June at 11:00 qm

North London Heights – Primrose Hill to Parliament Hill

Guide: Richard Cohen

 

 

North London Heights Primrose Hill to Parliament HillStarting at Chalk Farm station this walk starts by a climb up the slopes of Primrose Hill which gives glorious views over North London.  Perhaps like William Blake who saw him on Primrose Hill we will be able to converse with the spiritual sun.  We will see the homes  of artists, poets, writers and intellectuals from Keats and Engels to Arthur Packham, Lytton Strachey and Frederick Delius.  We will pass the gardens of Primrose Hill and Belsize Village in their full summer glory.  We will then enter Hampstead to see the beautiful architecture of Downshire Hill with its elegant Regency era St John’s Church.  Our walk ends at another spectacular summit on Parliament Hill.  From there an easy walk takes us down to South End Green where cafés, Overground or buses await.

 

 


 

Saturday 16 June at 14:00 pm

Guide: Sue McCarthy

 

Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury

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Dorothy L Sayers, one of the “golden age” of crime writers between the first and second world wars, lived and worked in Holborn and Bloomsbury – as did her alter ego, Harriet Vane and other familiar characters from the novels and short stories. See places from which she took inspiration for her detective fiction; find out more about Sayers’ characters and about the woman who brought them all to life.

 


Booking your place on a walk:

*All walks must be booked in advance, please do not turn up unless you have booked a walk and received a confirmation. Click on the title of the walk to go to the booking link.

**If there is not a booking link, and instructions are to “turn up & pay”, please follow instructions per that walk.

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