Paths and Green on Shepherds Bush Green

Around the Green at Shepherds Bush

They say that shepherds did indeed watch over their flock in [1] Shepherds Bush, as they sheltered under the pruned hawthorn trees on its pastures before then continuing their journey […]

Notting Hill (Part Three) – From Pigsty to Posh

By the 1830s, there already existed a little hamlet in Notting Hill known as the “Potteries and Piggeries”. But it wasn’t quite designer earthenware and gourmet sausage shops as I’d […]

The Lea Valley – Cheshunt to Waltham Abbey

When Gytha Thorkeldóttir (who is she?) offers to William the Conqueror gold equal to the weight of her now dead son, he refuses to turn the body over. So it’s […]

Nottinghill (Part Two) – The Grand Union Canal to Kensal Green Cemetery

What a difference a few minutes makes in London. One moment I’m in scrubs infested by snakes in Saxon times. And the next, I’m on a canal from the industrial […]

Notting Hill (Part One) – Westway, Wormwood Scrubs and the Mitre Bridge

As the Hammersmith Line makes its way overground to Ladbroke Grove, a busy dual carriageway known as [1] Westway dominates the view. Built in the 1960s, it writhes through North […]

Southend-On-Sea - A British Seaside Resort

The Thames Estuary – Southend-On-Sea

“The pier is Southend, and Southend is the pier”, said John Betjeman. Indeed, the pier at Southend is the longest pleasure pier in the world. And an object of pride. […]

The Wandle – Wandsworth to Colliers Wood

Part One of The #WandleValley Walk is full of surprises. As urban as it is, I still find nature reserves, parks, confluences, herons, horses, weirs and even Vikings. And a fast flowing, clean river tq 2 @wandlevalley #londonsrivers #wandsworth

The Thames Estuary – Thorpe Bay To Southchurch and Prittlewell

Not many have heard of Prittlewell. Unless one is a Southend United fan (the grounds are in Prittlewell), or if one lived in the medieval priory here when it owned […]

The Green Chain Walk – Mottingham to Eltham via a Palace

The first royal born at Eltham Palace in 1316 is John of Eltham, the second son of Edward II and Queen Isabella. From then, and until the Tudor Henry VII, […]

The Thames Estuary – Leigh On Sea and Hadleigh Castle

When word arrives that Princess Beatrice and Ralph de Binley are in the village of [1] Leigh waiting to sail to France, the guards at [2] Hadleigh Castle are summoned. […]