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July 2022

Street Haunting: the female flâneur

Saturday 9 July at 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf all drew inspiration from walking alone in London; observing and enjoying street life. Woolf called it “street haunting”. The sights and sounds of London run through their novels, stories, essays and poetry. On this two hour walk through the streets and squares of Bloomsbury we see where they lived and walked and how walks influenced their writing.

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Sunday 10 July at 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today.  Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as a Bermondsey Councillor.

Barking- End of the Line

Sunday 24 July 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

This circular walk around Barking takes us past landmarks associated with its medieval abbey, its once huge fishing fleet, the noxious industries and civic pride of the 19th and 20th centuries, right up to today’s riverside regeneration.

Along the way we learn where Capt. Cook was married and where a local suffragette entertained Mrs Pankhurst. We find out what links prison reformer Elizabeth Fry to Barking’s stunning Sikh temple and why there is a memorial to the victims of asbestosis.

August

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Friday 5 August 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today.  Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as a Bermondsey Councillor.

Canonbury Tower

Friday 12 August 11am – Guide – Sue McCarthy

Come and explore the inside and outside of one of Islington’s historic jewels – the Canonbury Tower.

Photo © David Brown 2014

Radical Women of the East End

Sunday 14 August 2pm – Guide -Oonagh Gay

Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen.  Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way

Canonbury Tower

Wednesday 24 August 2pm – Guide – Oonagh Gay

Come and explore the inside and outside of one of Islington’s historic jewels – the Canonbury Tower.

Photo © David Brown 2014

Discovering the Salters in Bermondsey

Sunday 28 August 2pm – Guide – Oonagh Gay

Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Her daughter Joyce, pictured above, lived and died with Ada. Find out about the legacy of the Salters on this charming riverside walk, which tells their story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to their years as pacifists in the First World War, and radical policies on public health. 

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