The Lea Valley – Cheshunt to Waltham Abbey

0 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 […]

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

0 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 […]

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

0 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 […]

Southend-On-Sea - A British Seaside Resort

The Thames Estuary – Southend-On-Sea

0 “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 […]

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

0 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 […]

The Green Chain Walk – Mottingham to Eltham via a Palace

0 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 […]

The Thames Estuary – Leigh On Sea and Hadleigh Castle

0 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 […]

Belgravia – A Dangerous Swamp

0 It’s the Middle Ages. The Westbourne flows by [1] Sloane Square. Blandell Bridge is nothing more than a plank across the river. Around are wide, open fields. It’s pleasant […]

Winchester – The Capital City Of Wessex

0 [1] Winchester is such a historical city, that I can’t visit it without mentioning the Gauls, the Romans and the Anglo Saxons. They are the building blocks of this […]