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."
London Bridge to Covent Garden Walk 22 May 2019
We met at London Bridge at 11am and our leader, Mike Corley, gave us an outline of the walk which was a meander from London Bridge Station to Covent Garden and ending at The Embankment. Then off we went following Mike who brought historical sights to life. Along the way we went to Borough Market, the Thames path and The Globe, over the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s and Fleet Street. Mike kept us entertained with so many interesting places to see and stories to listen to. We marvelled at the beautiful building of The Hop Exchange and enjoyed seeing Dr Johnson's House complete with statue of his cat.
Lunch was had in a fine old pub, The Cheshire Cheese, which was rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire of London. You can still see some charred beams dating from the Fire. Having been refreshed by a good lunch and good company, we went on to The Aldwych and then Covent Garden where we entered St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church, where lo and behold we found a plaque commemorating our very own Rose Bruford. We completed our London Walk by the Embankment. Having had a delightful time, full of interest and fun, we went home via Charing Cross. All agreed Mike was a fine Leader and it was a really good walk. Watch this space for our next walk.