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Bermondsey

Saturday 1st October
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (ocncessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will benotified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the one-time leather-making district. Among the warehouses we find 17th century houses and a Victorian smithy. We see how Bermondsey Council’s Beautification Committee transformed the Workhouse site. Beyond the old Watch House we find traces of Bermondsey Abbey in unexpected places.

St Giles

Sunday 2nd October
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the neighbourhood that grew around site of a 12th century leper hospital, whose footprint is now a heart-shape of streets. There are 17th century houses where you least expect to discover them, visible reminders of the areas metal-working tradition and hidden almshouses. On Hollar’s Great Map of 1658 we see the field that was to become Seven Dials. Looking up we see a parish plaque and down what was once the main road we find a Huguenot chapel. We discover what Denmark Street was like before the guitar shops moved in and what was there before that orange and green building called Central St Giles. This is the neighbourhood between Soho, Holborn, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden. You are bound to have passed through. On this old map walk you will learn of it’s historic significance.

Pimlico

Saturday 15th October
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour.

Walk with old maps 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. We finish our perambulation at a unique modern day tea garden.

Kings Cross

Sunday 25th September
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

Walk with old maps exploring the district re-named in the 1830’s after a short-lived statue as an early form of regeneration. As well as arguably the finest railway station in London there are former horse-bus stables, a Victorian horse-cab factory and a venue from the 1866 Olympic Games. Along the way we encounter the secret life of the Scala Cinema, the Light-house and Stephen Geary’s Gin Palace. Through it all runs the now buried River Fleet. We see how a lost river has left it’s mark on the 21st century. Our perambulation takes us from Fifteenfoot Lane to Plum Pudding Steps.

Vauxhall

Saturday 29th October
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
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.

Rotherhithe Docks

Saturday 22nd October
11am Lasts about 3 hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapken@yahoo.co.uk
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 7pm Friday 21st October

NOTE This old map walk is a bit longer so we have a break about half way for refreshments and the loo. And the closing date for bookings is the Friday evening.

Walk with old maps exploring the peninsular that was once nearly all a series of docks joined by narrow strips of land. Nearly all have been filled in though we find much that has been left to remind us of what was there. Largely over-shadowed by Deptford, a charter in 1612 recognised the ship builders of Rotherhithe. We trace the shipyards and find buildings that found new uses as granaries took the place of ship building. We see where whales were once landed.