• At the Heart of the Hop Trade
    At the Heart of the Hop Trade
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    David Charnick’s new walk Booze and The Borough heads south of the river to explore the historical links between the area and all aspects of the drinks trade.  You can join him on November 2nd for the full story (click the link above to go to his booking page), but meantime by way of “a…

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  • The Real London of Ripper Street
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    After the tragic and thrilling denouement of series four of Ripper Street and as we all eagerly await series five, Sean Patterson has been looking into quite how much of this superb drama is rooted in the real East End of the time. As a fan of the BBC drama Ripper Street I’ve always been…

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  • Wilkie Collins and the secret marriage
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    Jen Pedler writes about the complicated private life of Victorian Novelist Wilkie Collins. You can find out more on Jen’s walk “Walk Wilkie’s Way” on Thursday 6th October at 11am which is part of our Literary Footprints Festival Illegitimacy, bigamy, matrimonial irregularity, complex wills, murder, legalistic deception, financial skulduggery… all this and more features in the…

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  • Orwell In The Clink
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    Next in our series of Literary Footprints 2016 posts, David Charnick recounts the young Eric Blair’s early brushes with the law in the East End and how he put those experiences to use when creating one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. On the evening of Saturday 19 December 1931, a man was…

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  • ‘Bertie learns how to write’: The apprenticeship of HG Wells
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    With our annual Literary Footprints Festival just around the corner, Robin Rowles recounts some of the early endeavours of one of our greatest authors of science fiction. HG Wells is best known as the author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds and many other scientific romances. However, before penning these timeless works,…

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  • Everything You Know About London is Wrong
    Everything You Know About London is Wrong
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    Or at least that is the case according to a new book written by Matt Brown, Editor at Large of the Londonist website.  And as a contributor of over 5000 articles to that august site, he’s not the sort of chap you’d argue with in making such a bold contention. Or is he…?  We thought…

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  • The kids are alright!
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    With the summer holiday upon us and the start of our History in the Hols season just over a week away, Mark Rowland reflects on his baptism of fire and the fun he has had since in running family walks. I qualified for my guiding badges in 2012 (City of London) and 2013 (City of…

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  • A Not Very Special Relationship: John Adams In London
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    With the “special relationship” under a new post-Brexit scrutiny and our cousins across the pond in election fever, Michael Duncan explores the London connection of maybe the most forgotten of the Founding Fathers. John Adams, the Second President of the United States, is overshadowed by his fellow founding fathers. George Washington towered over him physically…

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  • August is History in the Hols month!
    August is History in the Hols month!
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    Been a tough year for parents hasn’t it? As if the stress of SATs for 10 and 11 year olds wasn’t enough, the Pound’s recent nosedive has, for many, put the annual two-week escape to the beaches of Europe in jeopardy. So with summer upon us and a “staycation” boom apparently in full flow, the…

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  • There ain’t no cure for the Ealing blues
    There ain’t no cure for the Ealing blues
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    As if Ealing’s claim to fame as the hotbed of a peculiarly British type of film comedy wasn’t enough, Alan Fortune relates the story of how an unprepossessing back street in deepest Ealing also reveals the location of the birth of one of the most important movements in British music. Across the road from Ealing…

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