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The History Deep Below Clapham Common

Posted by Dr Stephen King, Westminster Tour Guide on Friday, June 4, 2021, In : Local History 

Beneath south London there are a series of tunnels. They lie directly under the Northern

Line and those that used them would complain about the early morning rumble of the trains

overhead waking them up. The deep level shelters were originally conceived as much-

needed air-raid shelters and there are sections at Clapham South, North and Clapham

Common station as well as elsewhere on the line.


These were huge tunnels, where bunk beds could house 8,000 people under each station.

They had their own ca...


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Gun Salute at Woolwich Barracks

Posted by Hazel Baker - London Guided Walks on Saturday, April 10, 2021, In : Local History 
Today gun salutes marked the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, took place across the UK and at sea. Saluting batteries fired 41 rounds, one every minute in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. The Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich was the home of the Royal Artillery from 1776 until 2007. The artillery fired field guns dating from the First World War – the same guns fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in ...
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Historic Pubs in Bankside

Posted by Hazel Baker on Friday, March 5, 2021, In : Local History 
In our latest podcast episode: 46: Beer, The Bard and Historic Buildings in Bankside, I asked London tour guide Stephen King for his recommendations for historic pubs in Bankside.
This is what he said:

"The classic pub for everybody having to visit Bankside has to go to is of course the George Inn which is London's only remaining gallery.

In. So if you go there, you are standing only a fragment of it remains for the very important fragment for the George Inn remains. And if you go there, you ca...


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Shopping For Our History in Kingston-upon-Thames

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Tour Guide on Saturday, June 13, 2020, In : Local History 

In these strange times we have more time to look more closely at some of the familiar spots in our own locality. So, I had time to stop and study this over-the-top shop frontage in the historic market place of Kingston-upon-Thames – normally full of shoppers but it was very quiet as most shops were still closed. 

At first sight this Grade II listed building might be thought to be Medieval or Tudor but the two dates 1909 and 1929 give away the fact that it is just over 100 years old and built...


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A Fine House For A Ship's Captain

Posted by Rob Smith, Clerkenwell and Islington Tour Guide on Friday, May 22, 2020, In : Local History 

Rainham Hall, in the London Borough of Havering may not be the largest house in London, but it is certainly one of the most charming. Now owned by the National Trust it was built for a ship’s captain. Captain John Harle, one of the traders and ship owners who made 18th Century London wealthy, showed off his fortune by building Rainham Hall in 1729.

Harle was born in South Shields , in the North East of England and began his career sailing on ships bringing coal from Newcastle to feed London...


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Clattering Hooves Over London's Oldest Bridge

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Tour Guide on Friday, May 22, 2020, In : Local History 

In the most South-Western corner of Greater London is the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Many people think of this area as just the suburbs, but there is a lot of historic interest here.

This shouldn’t really be too surprising. It is one of only three Royal boroughs in London – the other two being Kensington and Chelsea, and Greenwich. Just think of the name – it means King’s manor/estate. It was first mentioned in royal records in 838. In the tenth century it was the place of ...


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Connecting the World from South-East London

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Friday, April 17, 2020, In : Local History 
In the latter part of the nineteenth century the new industries of chemicals, electrical engineering and pharmaceuticals increasingly took the place that cotton and railways had occupied as the leading sectors in an earlier phase of industrialization. Increasingly too, it was the fast-growing economies of Germany and the US that blazed the path for the new technologies.

One of the new industries, electrical machinery under the influence of German know-how put down roots in Charlton in south-...

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Merchant Seamen’s Memorial, Trinity Square

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, April 9, 2020, In : Local History 

Just north of the Tower and in front of Trinity House stands the Mercantile Marine Memorial, which was built to commemorate the merchant seamen killed in the Great War.


It is a vaulted passage way with three bays, and with Doric columns.The dead are listed under the names of their ships on bronze plaques on the walls. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens, with the sculpture by William Reid Dick. Reid Dick’s other work includes the boy and goose on Lutyens’ headquarters for the Midland Bank, no...


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London Markets: Ancient and Modern

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Guide on Sunday, March 15, 2020, In : Local History 
What are these? They are known as the London Fields Flower Sellers. You will find them and also sculptures of sheep in London Fields park in Hackney, east London. They were created in the 1980’s by local artists Freeform Arts Trust and local schoolchildren to remind us of the area’s history.

London Fields used to be on the edge of London and what is now the park was grazing area. Drovers, who had brought their animals from miles away, would stop to give their animals a rest and a chance t...

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Al fresco brunch at The Plumstead Pantry

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, In : Local History 
Do you have a favourite London al fresco spot? Tell us!

Here's my review of The Plumstead Pantry
With the sun shining I decided to head on out for a spot of al fresco lunch. We jumped on the bus to Plumstead to The Plumstead Pantry. This is somewhere I have been itching to go for a few months after stumbling across them on Facebook. Having missed their August lates I wanted to take full advantage of the Indian summer.

We were lucky to have a table for two outside in the sunshine, overlooking Plu...
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Old Mill Pub, Plumstead

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, In : Local History 

The Old Mill pub is a historic pub right on Plumstead Common. The windmill was built on Plumstead Common in 1764.


In 1827, there was an accident at the mill when so many people crowded onto the stage to watch a sham fight that it gave way, injuring a number of them. In 1848, the mill was converted into a brewhouse, having been disused for a number of years previously.


Plumstead Common Windmill was marked on the 1819-43 Ordnance Survey map. Photographs show it was once tied t...


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Pokemon Go in Greenwich, London

Posted by London Guided Walks on Saturday, October 8, 2016, In : Local History 
I spent a couple of hours out and about in Greenwich today seeing what Pokemon I could find.

Watch my video and find out how I got on:







For your own event or venue to be featured contact Hazel: blog@londonguidedwalks.co.uk

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Sunrise along the Thames

Posted by London Walks on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Local History 
The cycle lane alongside the South side of the Thames around the peninsula is a great way is an easy way of getting to see familiar London from a different angle. Venturing at Sunrise adds a dash of drama to the view.


Photo Gallery by QuickGallery.com

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Bermondsey Street Festival

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, In : Local History 

Bermondsey Street Market is back on Saturday 19th September. There's something wholesome about a village fete and something quite special in holding one in one the greatest cities in the world. Bermondsey has changed considerably since I first lived there when I first moved to London but the core village and community spirit is as strong as ever. 

We are proud to be providing 1hr walks as part of Bermondsey Street Festival, Saturday 19th September at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm. 
Explore histo...


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St John Street, Islington

Posted by London Guided Walks on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, In : Local History 

St John Street, Islington, was originally a lane linking the village of Islington to the City of London.

When you look up St John Street (as in the pic above) you can see a slight incline. That's been made up of gravels from the ice age. Underneath that is London clay. Where the gravel and London clay meet there is a line of fresh water springs. 

Those springs are still evident in place names such as Sadler's Wells and Clerk's Wells, more commonly known as Clerkenwell today.

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Free London Walks

Posted by Guided Walks in London on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, In : Local History 
It's back again!  Local London Guided Day

I am proud to be involved with this years Local London Guided Day on Saturday 11 October. This year's theme is the Georgians, a particular favourite of mine. Four guiding associations are working together to deliver free guided walks in their specialist areas: Clerkenwell & Islington, City of London, Westminster and Greenwich.

Walks start at 10am and repeat on the hour with the last one at 4pm. Each walk will last no longer than an hour which means you...

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Inside Unilever House

Posted by London Guided Walks on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, In : Local History 
100 Victoria Embankment aka 'Unilever House' is not what it may seem.

From its external appearance it’s a curved 1930's building. What’s not so evident is that inside it has been transformed, giving it a new lease of life. Unilever House was RIBA Award Winner in 2009.

Unilever had briefed Bovis Lend Lease and Stanhope and architects KPF and Pringle Brandon to transform their work place and their exposure to the public. Considerations needed to be made in order to keep the best from the past...

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Open House this weekend

Posted by London Guided Walks on Thursday, September 18, 2014, In : Local History 
Open House weekend is here again!

This is often your one opportunity in a year to gain access to some of London's amazing buildings for free!
With over 800 buildings, walks and architects's talks, this weekend is a real treat for any lover of London.

With so much choice how do you choose what to see? Well, I would suggest you focus on where you really want to see within a small area.

Southwark
City Hall - office of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, the GLA and London Assembly
London Fire Brigade Muse...

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Notable Priors of St John's Priory, Clerkenwell

Posted by London Guided Walks on Saturday, September 6, 2014, In : Local History 


Thomas Docwra Shield

Notable Priors of St John's Priory, Clerkenwell



The shields in the Chapter Hall of St John's Gate are a wonderfully visual timeline of the English Grand Priors of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell. The following are Priors who made history.

Thomas Docwra

Responsible for the rebuilding of the gateway in 1504. He was very close to King Henry VIII and accompanied him to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, Val d’Or in 1520. 


Sir Robert Hale

By the 1200s the Knights Hospitaller were h...


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A brief history of Barnsbury, London

Posted by London Guided Walks on Monday, September 1, 2014, In : Local History 

Where does the name Barnsbury come from?


The name ‘Barnsbury’ comes from the de Berners family, which owned the medieval manor that occupied the site until the early C16th. The Manor of Barnsbury (also called Bernersbury or Iseldon Berners) was held in 1086 by Hugh de Berners.


Who owned The Manor of Barnsbury?

The Berners family retained the manor until 1502 when it was sold to a Merchant, Thomas Fowler. He passed the manor on to his son Edmund (d 1560) who left it to his son Sir Thomas (d 1...


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Cloudesley Square, Barnsbury

Posted by London Guided Walks on Monday, August 25, 2014, In : Local History 

Cloudesley square was the first square to be built over the Barnsbury area of Islington and was originally part of the Cloudesley Estate. 

Cloudesley Square, Barnsbury, London

The site of the square was formerly known as Stoneyfield and in the C16th was owned by Sir Richard Cloudesley. By the early C19th, the area was leased by dairy farmer Samuel Rhodes (great grandfather of the founder of De Beers diamond company Cecil Rhodes).


It wasn’t long before areas of the Estate were being chosen for ...


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