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Stepney


Saturday 3rd June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring buildings and byways around the east end’s Church of the High Seas.There are the tenements erected by the Four Per Cent Industrial Dwellings Company and streets of houses built on Mercers land during the 1820’s. Some fine houses from an earlier age survive including one built in 1694. We see what happened to the site of the workhouse and find boundaries written in stone This is an old map walk where we are rewarded by looking carefully.

Pimlico


Saturday 17th June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latet bookings 9am morning of the tour

Exploring how Thomas Cubitt transformed the Neat House Gardens. We follow the now buried River Tyburn to where it joins the Thames and trace fragments of a long forgotten industrial heritage. We see how Cubitt incorporated paths used by the gardeners and how a lane from the 1720’s survives and whose name is the one link with bygone industry. Amidst the Cubitt architecture there is Dolphin Square, whose story may surprise you in particular what was there before.

Kentish Town


Sunday 18th June
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring this ancient village on the Fleet, from Anglers Lane to Spring Place. An eclectic mix of buildings survive for us to consider. The Aged Governesses’ Asylum, Primitive Methodist’s Chapel and the biggest false teeth factory in the world. Factories? From the one that made pianos to one that made Patent Collapsible Tubes for Artists’ Colourmen. Alongside the Casual Ward we find the platform where they weighed the rocks you had been breaking all day in return for a bed for the night. The River Fleet may be beneath our feet but is clearly shown on the 1801 Parish Map.

Bermondsey Spa


Saturday 20th May
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring what became of the gardens and meadows between the Blue Anchor and Bermondsey Spa. With old maps we trace where Thomas Keyse established that spa. We find the tannery built on the footprint of an earlier industry, both used water from the River Neckinger that now flows underground. Along the way we encounter London’s first terminus, the country’s first health centre, the gates of Alaska and Arthur Carr’s short-cut.

Vauxhall


Saturday 27th May
11am lasts abot two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring site of Pleasure Gardens and surrounding neighbourhood. We discover the one surviving building from the Pleasure Gardens and learn why a Church was built with it’s own Art School. There are tangible examples of Victorian philanthropy. We see how the Ragged School survived the widening of the railway. At the end of a hidden alley we find the secret cottage built about 1710. In a rapidly changing bit of London we find plenty that brings the past to life.