Art & Industry in East London
Roughly following the line of the Greenwich Meridian from the Bow Back Rivers at Pudding Mill Lane , this east London walk traces the industrial heritage of lower Lea Valley from fine porcelain in the 18th century, through mills, gasworks, gin, cosmetics and explosives to film studios. As we go we follow part of The Line, London’s first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk. We finish at the now green oasis of the former Gasworks Dock where we should be able to enjoy refreshments before the short walk from Star Lane DLR station.
Radical Women of the East End
A chance to retrace the footsteps of the Matchwomen of Bryant and May, and see the streets where Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes operated. We will also learn about Minnie Lansbury’s struggle to improve conditions for working women and also visit a lovely Georgian square on the way back to Bow Road.
This walk introduces you to radicals who made Newington Green and Canonbury their home. After 1660, dissenting ministers were forced to live five miles from their former parishes, so many congregated around the Unitarian church on the Green. Mary Wollstonecraft’s connections with the area are well known, but did you know that Lenin once attended a conference in Southgate Road, and that conscientious objectors were attacked there during the First World War? Dalston Synagogue in Poet’s Road was home to a thriving Jewish community, and George Orwell wrote his masterpiece 1984 in Canonbury. Find out much more on this entertaining 90 minute walk.