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Next Dates (tickets just released): Good Friday - 3 April 2015 - Limehouse & Poplar Saturday 11 April 2015 - The Derelict London Woolwich alldayer Saturday 18 April 2015 - The Lost River Fleet
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After the success of the Derelict London and London's Lost Rivers walks I shall be doing some more in 2015. This will be to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Derelict London website. All these walks in 2013 & 2014 sold out far in advance. Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of this page for news on walks in & around Limehouse, Poplar, Wapping, Hampstead, Woolwich, Peckham, Bayswater & the Isle of Dogs. Plus a brand new route or two for 2015.
Lost River walks at my other website: www.londonslostrivers.com (these walks are based around lost rivers/canals/docks but I do shoehorn in some dereliction and general London trivia).
Limehouse & Poplar Derelict London 12th Anniversary Walking Tours with Author Paul Talling
2013 Walks: Good Friday 29 March SOLD OUT, Easter Monday 1 April SOLD OUT, Sat 6 April SOLD OUTSat 20 April SOLD OUT, Sat 27 April SOLD OUT, Sat 4 May SOLD OUTSat 25 May SOLD OUTSat 1 June SOLD OUT,Sat 8 June SOLD OUT , Sat 22 June at 11:00 am SOLD OUT, Sat 13 July SOLD OUT Sun 21 July SOLD OUT Sat 17 August SOLD OUT Sun 18 August SOLD OUT Sat 7 September SOLD OUT Sat 14 September SOLD OUT Sat 21 September SOLD OUT Sat 2 Nov SOLD OUT Sat 9 November SOLD OUT Sat 16 November SOLD OUT Sat 23 November SOLD OUT 2014 Walks: Saturday 11 January SOLD OUT , Saturday 18 January SOLD OUT, Saturday 25 January SOLD OUT, Saturday 1 February SOLD OUT , Sunday 2 February SOLD OUT Saturday 1 March SOLD OUTSaturday 8 March SOLD OUTSaturday 15 March SOLD OUT Saturday 22 March SOLD OUT Saturday 5 April SOLD OUT Friday 18 April SOLD OUT Monday 21 April SOLD OUT Saturday 14 June SOLD OUT Saturday 12 July SOLD OUT Sat 16 August SOLD OUTSat 4 October 2014 SOLD OUT Sat 25 October SOLD OUTSat 15 November at 10:30 SOLD OUT 2015 Walks: Saturday 17 January 2015 at 11:00 SOLD OUT Saturday 7 March 2015 at 11:00 SOLD OUT New Date: Good Friday - 3 April 2015 at 11:45
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Meeting outside the Railway Tavern - 576 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7JD Tip: Turn up early and grab a traditional fry up at Frank's Cafe just across the road (though they are closed on Sundays and Bank holidays) Duration of walk: 4 to 4 1/2 hours Rail and DLR: Limehouse - The Railway Tavern is opposite the entrance to Limehouse (DLR + Network Rail C2C) Station Bekesbourne St Please check www.tfl.gov.uk before travelling as engineering works may affect your journey.
The derelictlondon.com website is now 12 years old and following a sellout of all the 2013 & 2014 dates Paul Talling is giving more tours of his favourite derelict sites in the Limehouse and Poplar area before the area becomes regenerated. As well as dereliction this tour focuses as much on hidden sites of interest, social history and change in the area.
This leisurely tour views the exteriors of sites covered in the Derelict London website & book such as the decaying premises of sail makers Caird & Rayner & the art deco Poplar Baths. Other sites include the remains of St Saviours Church which survived the Blitz but not a recent fire & the Limehouse Accumulator tower built in 1869 for regulating one of the first hydraulic power systems. We pass some 1970s graffiti proclaiming that "George Davis is Innocent”, numerous derelict shops and industrial units, redundant pub & shop signs in odd places and stories of the mysterious Black Ditch which is featured in Paul's other book London's Lost Rivers.
Highlights along the way also include stories of London's original China Town, the 1951 Festival of Britain, visiting the first purpose built pedestrian shopping centre in the UK and even a short stroll along the Limehouse Cut.
There will be a toilet/refreshment break during the tour. This is a circular tour which ends up at Limehouse Station unless of course you wish to join Paul in a friendly local pub - The Old Ship - to discuss more dereliction and lost rivers over a cheap pint - only £2.90 before 7pm!
Dogs and children are welcome. The walking tour goes ahead regardless of the weather. No refunds due to inclement weather are given. Advance booking is essential via We Got Tickets:
Advance booking essential
Allday Woolwich Area Walking Tour with Derelict London/London's Lost Rivers Author Paul Talling.
Docks, Canal & Dereliction Tour covering both sides of the Thames. Sat 12 April 2014 SOLD OUT Sat 26 April SOLD OUT Sat 24 May SOLD OUT Sat 21 June SOLD OUT Sat 9 AugustSOLD OUT Sat 27 September SOLD OUT Sat 11 October SOLD OUT Saturday 24 January 2015 SOLD OUT
New Date: Saturday 11 April 2015 at 10:30
Meeting at Gallions Reach DLR at 10:30. Ends at Woolwich Arsenal DLR at approx 5pm. Tickets £15 We shall be making scheduled stops at a cafe and a pub (food & drink not included in the ticket price) though you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. There will be much walking and a little is off the path!! Please read the information below
Starting off with a walk around the surrounding area of Gallions Reach and taking in some forgotten areas and dereliction plus taking in stories of the Beckton Gasworks, the Royal Docks & the site of an 1878 steamboat disaster where 600 people perished. WARNING! This section of the walk involves off-piste activities such as walking through undergrowth, decaying wooden piers, using a (short) ladder & access to a lesser frequented part of the Thames foreshore to visit the remains of a decaying barge. Nothing is too strenuous but you need to watch your footing.
Then we head into North Woolwich past a few interesting buildings such as some of London's oldest terraced council houses & a derelict pub which despite losing its upper floors during the Blitz carried on trading until a few years ago.
Around mid-day we hit a cafe for half an hour before walking to the Woolwich Free Ferry via two disused railway stations side by side and a derelict pier once graced by Winston Churchill. After our scenic (!) riverboat crossing we embark on our adventure south of the Thames and walk around the site of the Woolwich Dockyard founded by King Henry VIII in 1512 to build his flagship (Great Harry), the largest ship of its day. Much of the area is now a housing estate but there are still clues of the once thriving dockyard such as the imposing main entrance gate posts a former guard house & the 1783 Clock House and some run docks remain popular for local anglers! We then walk through a busy shopping thoroughfare which is a little unloved round the edges. We pass a few premises of businesses that defined the area such as the (derelict) Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society Department Store, the Woolwich Building Society & the UK's very first branch of McDonalds.
Next up, the Royal Arsenal - the historic site of armaments manufacture and explosives research. Once a great place to see dereliction but now it comprises one of the biggest concentrations of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings converted for residential use, with more than 3,000 residents. We will stop off for a drink at The Dial Arch now a public house. Here Paul will tell you about a group of engineers working in this block who formed the Dial Square FC which later became the Woolwich Arsenal FC. You will also have time to wander around the vicinity to look at the information boards
We walk along the Thames to West Thamesmead and then follow the route of a disused canal built in 1814 by convict labour which formed the eastern boundary of the Arsenal. Here you will see the old lock gates and a derelict swing bridge. As we visit the site of Plumstead Marshes and see the site of two former Arsenal football grounds one of which is now a derelict trading estate.
Finally we head back into Woolwich via some interesting old buildings with stories that feature on the Derelict London website where you can either head home or join Paul for another drink or two....
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A Walking Tour of the Isle of Dogs with Author Paul Talling
Many of you have been on Paul's Limehouse/Poplar & Wapping walks. This will be the final part of the Tower Hamlets trilogy exploring the Isle of Dogs proving that there is more to the Island than just the glass and steel of Canary Wharf. This tour incorporates topics covered in Paul's websites: dereliction,a lost canal,former docks plus hidden sites of interest amongst stories of social history and change in the area.
We visit plenty of interesting locations such as the old docks including the now sealed entrance of Millwall Dock,a lost canal, a few remaining pockets of dereliction (a pub, public toilets & a riverbus pier), the site of previous Millwall football grounds before they moved south of the river, remains of the WW2 concrete anti-aircraft gun site at Mudchute now home to farm animals, evidence of an old rope works, a disused railway viaduct + lots more on this 4 hour walk. The tour ends near Crossharbour DLR where there will be an option to join Paul for an end of tour pint in a local pub. Dates: Sat 19 July 2014 SOLD OUT Sat 26 July SOLD OUT Sat 2 AugustSOLD OUT Sun 3 AugustSOLD OUTSat 20 September SOLD OUT Sat 22 November 2014 at 10:40 SOLD OUT Join mailing list to be notified of dates for 2015
WW2 concrete anti-aircraft gun site at Mudchute now home to farm animals.
The closed down Anchor & Hope pub surrounded by modern buildings
The origins of Millwall Football Club
A few pockets of dereliction on the Isle of Dogs
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River Fleet Guided Walking Tour with Paul Talling (author of London's Lost Rivers) Sat 28 June 2014 (SOLD OUT)Sat 23 August (SOLD OUT) Sat 1 November 2014 (SOLD OUT) Saturday 10 January 2015 at 11:00 (SOLD OUT)Saturday 31 January 2015 at 11:00am (SOLD OUT) Saturday 7 February 2015 at 11:00am (SOLD OUT) Saturday 28 February 2015 at 11:00 (SOLD OUT) Saturday 21 March 2015 at 11:00 (SOLD OUT) Easter Monday 6 April 2015 at 11:45 (SOLD OUT) New Date: Saturday 18 April 2015 at 11:00am Join mailing list to be notified of more dates
Meeting outside The Blackfriar pub - 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 4EG. Rail & tube: Blackfriars Duration of Walk: Approx 3 to 3 1/2 hours
A guided (above ground) walking tour of the lower part of the lost River Fleet’s course. Starting off at an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery (and later a theatre owned by Shakespeare) which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfields Market (including a quick look at the derelict parts), Hockley In-the-Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear baiting where you can now hear the sound of the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones.
Other interesting points along the route include the Clerkenwell courthouse where the Clash were kept in the cells, the derelict Lighthouse building in Kings Cross, the site on Farringdon Rd where the Labour Party was founded, the street where Charles Dickens located Fagin’s Den, the churchyard where the Beatles shot album sleeve photos and even the hotel where Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet worked in his youth!
There is a new walk covering the sources of the Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne - Hampstead's Lost Rivers - see www.londonslostrivers.com for more info
It gave its name to a whole area of London - The Clerks' Well - On the banks of the River Fleet in Clerkenwell.
Ben Pedroche writes in his DO NOT ALIGHT HERE blog: "Paul Talling's latest book London’s Lost Rivers is a fascinating read that explores several buried rivers, and Paul has been running regular walks that follow the route of the most famous ones included in the book.
The walk I attended covered the River Fleet, which is the most famous buried river of all, with a long and colourful history along its full journey from Hampstead Heath to the Thames. Paul very kindly invited me along, as the route also passes by several sites included in Do Not Alight Here, in particular the area around Farringdon.
I’d walked much of the route from Blackfriars to St Pancras before, but Paul filled the journey with some incredible facts that were new to me, illustrated with archive photos. Highlights on the walk included the site of the old Bridewell Prison, the Clerk’s Well of Clerkenwell, and Holborn Viaduct. I was pleased to see that the route also passed by Smithfield Market, which allowed Paul to throw in some of the sites included in Derelict London.
Paul is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, and the walk was well organised, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. We also ended up in the pub, where myself and other fans of Paul’s books got to chat to the man himself."