Come along on Saturday 15th February at either 1:45pm, 2:00pm or 2:15pm for a guided walk around historic Bethnal Green!
We have 3 guides and we will be starting the walk in 15 minute gaps, so please indicate which time/guide you wish to go with when you RSVP. If you've never attended before, all three guides are extremely good and qualified Blue Badge Guides, so just choose a random time (when you RSVP it may come up as 1:45pm for the time to attend, but just ignore that and just come along at your chosen time).
About the walk
People have been living in Bethnal Green since Anglo Saxon times, when it was called 'Blythenhale', which translates to 'happy corner/nook'. The area was largely marshland and forest until the 16th century, and the settlements dependence upon water suggests that the 'happy corner' was cleared next to the natural spring (St Winifreds Well in Conduit Field).
On the walk we will see the home of a a famous 18th century champion boxer, take a peek at a treasure trove of children's toys, admire the old town hall which is now a luxury hotel and walk down a street of delightful Victorian houses en route to the attractive Victoria Park. London's first "peoples' park."
As we stroll through the park with its lake and canal you'll hear how it has hosted protests, rock concerts, boating and leisure pursuits. We will view the recently reinstated lakeside Chinese Pagoda which was a favourite of the Victorians.
The walk is a private walk for the group, we will split into 3 groups and we will be guided by Rachel (1:45pm), Val (2:00pm) and Diane Burstein (2:15pm). It will last about 2 hours.
The cost for the guides is £7 per person for Full Member's of the group and £9 per person for non-Members. (payable on the day).
Afterwards we will head to The Approach Tavern, 47 Approach Road for a chat over a drink.
If you can't see us outside the station, please call.
Hope to see you there!
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