Sidcup Walk, 20th March 2019
Shirley McKeon reports: "The walk was open to our members and their friends and led by Malcolm Barr-Hamilton, our President. Twenty people came on the walk, meeting at 11am at the Horse and Groom Pub. We were supplied with maps dating from the 18th and 19th centuries which clearly showed the development of Sidcup as a "Victorian New Town" with the coming of the Railway in 1866. Malcolm also handed out photos of notable buildings as they were when originally built.
We ambled gently along the high street with Malcolm providing fascinating stories of people, places and events, given in his own delightful style so making history fun. Usually I go to Sidcup High Street concentrating on my shopping list and avoiding the traffic but I had time to look up and appreciate the variety of architecture, significant houses and shops as well as learning about those we have lost such as Sidcup House, Woolworths and the Cinema.
The walk finished in the Seven Stars Pub, Foots Cray, which has an interesting history as well as good food and friendly staff. We enjoyed a tasty lunch and a drink together, completing a very entertaining morning. All agreed it was very successful, so we are planning more walks for the future."