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Bermondsey Spa


Saturday 8th April
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. Then there’s the Waterloo church with bells cast from cannon captured at Waterloo. Along the way we encounter the country’s first health centre, the gates of Alaska and Arthur Carr’s short-cut.

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St Pancras


Saturday 25th March
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 the byways and buildings between St Pancras Old Church and Mornington Crescent. On the Duke of Bedford’s Fig’s Mead Estate, once gated we find the surviving gate-house. Then there’s the cigarette factory where you least expect to find one and the church iwth burial grounds for two parishes. Along the way we encounter Ethel Le Neve, Catherine Robbins and her lover H. G. Wells, and a trainee architect called Thomas Hardy

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Fitzrovia

Wednesday 5th April
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 London’s one-time bohemian district, where many well known artist and writers lived. The area was built up in the second half of the 18th century so we find many splendid Georgian houses including the last one by Robert Adam. We see the first London house where Charles Dickens lived (not Doughty Street) and a few doors along the Workhouse that inspired Oliver Twist. Along the way we encounter Virginia Woolf, Francisco de Miranda and Samuel Morse.

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Covent Garden


Thursday 20th April
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 taking a fresh look at this well worn tourist destination. We start and finish by way of almost hidden alleys. We see how the Duke of Bedford’s personal parish became a fruit and vegetable market. There is the surviving example of a carriage making workshop, a wooden framed building from 1623 with a Georgian exterior and a church that appears to be inside a theatre! Along the way we encounter Inigo Jones, J M W Turner and Lady Joan Bradbury.

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Kentish Town


Sunday 2nd April
11am lasts about two hours
£10 (concessions £8)
Book by emailing Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com
Note new email
you will be notified of meeting place on booking
Latest bookings 9am morning of the tour

THIS TOUR IS FULL
Next date Sunday 23rd April

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 machine where they weighed the rocks you had been breaking all day in return for a bed for the night. Among the streets of houses, several were once Victorian Ladies Schools. The River Fleet may be beneath our feet but is clearly shown on the 1801 Parish Map.

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