Immigrant Influences in London "The Welsh in Westminster"
Full Guided Walk
This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide whose services we are using just for this event. This walk will last for about 2 hours and has been organised solely for members of Friends in London. Numbers for this walk have to be limited to a maximum of 45. Please only book if youdefinitely intend to come and please do not cancel within 24 hours of the walk as this ruins it for our other members who want to come.
Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014
Where: Embankment Tube Station.
We will meet at the Villiers Street exit.
Nearest Tube: Embankment on the District & Circle Lines.
Check the MAP.
Host: John Pullen [masked]
Cost: £8 collected at the beginning of the walk
London has always been a cosmopolitan city. It has attracted people from all over the world. But it has also been a magnet for those who come from other parts of the United Kingdom. Over the coming months we shall now and again dedicate a walk to one these other close “relatives”. Why start with the Welsh? Simply because this weekend celebrates St David’s Day and he is the patron saint of Wales.
Surprisingly, the area of Westminster has many associations with the Welsh, from historical to the present day. London is home to the oldest and largest Welsh community outside of Wales. It was Londoners who coined the term “Taffys” or “Caws Pobi”. You will also learn a little of one of the oldest Celtic languages on this walk.
We will investigate why many decided to leave the “Valleys”and why a large number of them were dairymen and drapers. But of course, it also attracted the rich, famous and infamous immigrants.
These include some of Britain’s most influential politicians such as Lloyd George and Ernest Bevan. We will hear of how they shaped the country. We will also hear of Princes and Princesses who helped to create the House of Tudor.
Moving forwards in time, we will hear stories of architects and poets. From stage and screen we have two legends; an actor with an unmistakable voice who married the same actress more than once and were both more famous than Mr & Mrs Brad Pitt.
And we shall hear of a professional singer who was also a member of one of the most eccentric comedy teams of all time who influenced Monty Python as well as many others.
Finally, we shall examine one of London’s famous landmarks and discover a Welsh twist that few people know about. So if you thought Welsh immigration only meant Martyn, Terry and myself, then think again!
After our very successful previous guided walks, we are once again using the services of Daniella; a professional badged London Guide who will bring all these stories to life. I will of course be there to help out with the organisation of the event and to find a nice pub at the end. So if you fancy joining a really friendly and interesting bunch of people we will have a “diwrnod yn hapus dewi sant!”