• Highlights of Literary Footprints
    Highlights of Literary Footprints
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    Literary Footprints – our festival of walks celebrating London books and authors ran during October, and attracted a record number of people on the walks. We had some great feedback from the people who came, and people who went on multiple walks say they loved visiting a place more than once and hearing the different…

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  • Christina Broom – First woman press photographer
    Christina Broom – First woman press photographer
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    Tina Baxter talks about one of the women she features on her Women Through Time Part II walk on Saturday 31st October. Photography was an unusual direction for a woman to take in the mid-19th century, but this did not deter Christina Broom. In May 1903, at the age of 40, she borrowed a plate…

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  • Ian Fleming
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    As Spectre, the latest outing for 007 hits our cinema screens Michael Duncan talks about the life of James Bond author Ian Fleming. You can hear more in Michael’s walk James Bond and the Spies of Mayfair which he runs regularly. Just off Park Lane,  you will find No 27 Green Street where Ian Fleming,…

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  • Footprints of London on the Robert Elms show
    Footprints of London on the Robert Elms show
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    We were delighted to be invited to talk to Robert Elms about the final weekend of the 2015 Literary Footprints Festival on his BBC Radio London show last Saturday, click the picture to hear his interview with Mark Rowland.

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  • Building Styles in Poplar
    Building Styles in Poplar
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    Andrew Parnell discusses the various styles of building adopted in Poplar, East London, in the massive redevelopment of that area in the 20th century which feature in his walk “Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar“. The 20th century saw massive programmes of redevelopment in the East End of London, sweeping away great…

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  • The Unhappy Couple
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    Stephen Benton discovers another story related to his Made in Chelsea walk, part of the Literary Footprints Festival One of the writers covered by Stephen in his Made in Chelsea walk (Saturday 24 October at 11am) is Thomas Carlyle. Carlyle’s statue sits on Chelsea Embankment near the house he lived in for almost 50 years. First opened to the…

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  • Shardlake – A Step by Step Guide
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    Jill Finch believes C J Sansom’s Shardlake’s books are the ideal books for City of London guides. Find out for yourself on her walks for Literary Footprints. A friend started to read the Shardlake series of books by C J Sansom after coming on a tryout for my walk ‘Shardlake’s London’ His comment after the…

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  • The D.I.Y. Prison
    The D.I.Y. Prison
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    Jen Pedler talks about Wormwood Scrubs Prison – which features in her Literary Footprints walk called “Stuart’s First Walk” On the first day he set out to walk every street in the A-Z, jaded tour guide Stuart London found himself outside Wormwood Scrubs Prison. “In some ways it was much as expected, with forbidding brick…

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  • Red Beryl and the Unity Theatre
    Red Beryl and the Unity Theatre
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    Alan Fortune reveals the story of the Unity Theatre – one of the things he talks about in his walk St Pancras in Literature Film and Drama , part of the Literary Footprints Festival   The Unity Theatre moved to Chalton Street in Somers Town in 1937, one year after its formation. Its main aim was…

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  • Clapham South Deep Level Shelter
    Clapham South Deep Level Shelter
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    Paul Surma reports back from Clapham South Deep Level Shelter, a London Transport Museum ‘Hidden London’ event, October 2015   The term ‘Hidden London’ features so much in guided walks and events around the Capital it’s a surprise that there is anything still ‘hidden’ for anybody to find. However one feature of London’s deep history…

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