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Ealing Queen of the Suburbs - AUGUST 7 - 11:00AM

GUNNERSBURY PARK - MUSEUM ON THE STREETS

Explore Ealing, long known as the Queen of the Suburbs. Hear about Ealing Studios and its famous film industry connections and discover one of Ealing's gems, Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane's elegant country home.  You will learn about a club that changed the face of rock and roll and about television's most famous time-travelling Doctor.

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07725-997943

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Hidden Chiswick - August 21 - 11:00 AM

GUNNERSBURY PARK - MUSEUM ON THE STREETS

Starting at Turnham Green we discover a famous Civil War Battle,  the botanist that created Kew Gardens and hear about John Betjeman's love of Victorian buildings.  We meet another famous poet, the architect of Bedford Park and the creator of Sanderson Wallpaper and Cherry Blossom Shoe Polish.  We finish our walk at one of George Gilbert's Scott'e early London Churches and learn about one of the famous variety theatres in West London and Liberace!

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07871-099276

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Vibrant Southall - A walk through time
September 4 - 11:00 AM

GUNNERSBURY PARK - MUSEUM ON THE STREETS

The walk starts at the old Southall Town Hall, located at the junction of Lady Margaret Road and the High Street, and we make our way down to Havelock Road where the walk eventually ends.  Along the way we learn about the industrial past of Southall - from soap to buses and pottery - and the people of bygone times who called Southall home, as well as the  vibrancy and bustle that is modern Southall.

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The High Road and Beyond - Walk 1
SEPTEMBER 11  - 11:00 AM
SEPTEMBER 19 - 14.30 PM

CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL 

Discover the homes and uncover the lives of some of Chiswick’s - and Britain’s - most important writers. 

Join an Ealing & West London Guide on

this 2-hour walking tour. Among the

novelists you’ll encounter are EM Forster, Patrick Hamilton, Iris Murdoch, JG

Ballard and Anthony Burgess. 

The walk starts at Chiswick Park Underground Station and ends at St Michael & All Angels, Turnham Green 

 

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The Story of the Brentham Garden Estate  - SEPTEMBER 18 - 11 AM

This walk takes us round one perhaps of Ealing’s most delightful residential enclaves in a semi-pastoral setting. As well as the distinctive architecture and layout of the Brentham Garden Estate we will hear about its social history, particularly centred on the Brentham Club where two eminent international sportsmen began their illustrious careers.
The estate was built at the beginning of the 20th Century in accordance with the social and aesthetic principles of the Garden City movement.  The 650 cottages and houses provide interesting and varied elevations starting in 1901 with traditional terraced properties and developing through the next few years into a more romantic, Arts and Crafts style.  In 1969, the estate was designated a Conservation Area by the Borough of Ealing.

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Strand on the Green to Grove Park - Walk 2

SEPTEMBER 12 - 14:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 18 - 11:00 AM

Chiswick’s picturesque riverside has been home to political journalists, thriller writers, playwrights, humourists, poets and classic novelists. 

As you wander along the Thames with your Ealing & West London Guide you’ll encounter the likes of Nancy Mitford, Geoffrey Household, Margaret Kennedy, Robert Bolt and John Osborne. 

The 2-hour walk begins outside the Strand Café, Strand-on-the-Green (Kew Bridge end) and ends by Chiswick mainline station.

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Richmond: Rock, Royalty and Revolutionaries

With its attractive riverside location and picturesque houses, Richmond has had its fair share of notable residents. On this 2-hour walk you’ll visit a famous venue for rock 'n' roll, a much-loved theatre and a Tudor palace. You'll meet a prisoner from the American Revolutionary War, a revolutionary Chilean, an award-winning actress and enjoy one of the best views in London.

This walk is also available as a virtual tour.

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Hidden Brentford

Starting at Kew Bridge Station, we explore Brentford from its medieval beginnings to the 21st century Brentford Project, one of the largest new developments in London.  Along the way, we will hear about Nell Gwyn’s pet Griffin, the historic Butts Estate with its 18th century houses, Brentford’s connection with the artist Turner, and see where osiers worked and ferrymen quarrelled. We finish by the old Magistrate’s Court. 

elainewein@btinternet.com

07871-099276

 

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Kew Green: "Join the Kew"

Aside from the much loved Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew has been home to courtiers and artists for centuries. On this gentle walk we’ll cross Kew Bridge and meet a visiting Impressionist, father and son botanists, a green-fingered princess and her cricket-loving husband, an intrepid woman artist - and maybe a cannibal.

This walk is also available as a virtual tour.

guy.fairbank@gmail.com

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Hammersmith to Chiswick

As we stroll along the Thames, we meet William Morris, founder of the Arts & Craft movement, the famous mistress of  Charles II, and the  Redgrave acting dynasty.  We will discover breweries,  rowing clubs, historic pubs, and an engineering legend and end our walk at the resting place of William Hogarth and James McNeil Whistler at St. Nicholas Church.

elainewein@btinternet.com

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Exploring Hanwell: Brunel, Bunnies, Rolls Royce and Rock n' Roll

On this walk we will pass under the first major engineering feat of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, walk through a delightful park with a zoo and a maze,  and visit a shop which played a major role in rock and roll history.

alanfortune0@gmail.com

07725-997943

For more information contact Alan

For more information contact Alan
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Bedford Park: "The Healthiest Place in the World"

Smart redbrick houses, leafy streets and white painted fences. Bedford Park was the original garden suburb that attracted artists, actors and middle-classes families. We’ll wander up its roads, groves and crescents and encounter one of Ireland’s greatest sons, a pioneering aviator, a Russian revolutionary and the murder of a matinée idol.

This walk is also available as a virtual tour.

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Norwood Green

Norwood Green is a diverse and vibrant community but retains something of its rural past, and its sustained wealth. 

The Green itself is a popular recreation area, and the space where residents still hold an annual Village day. Norwood Green’s historic buildings include St Mary’s Church, the Plough Public House, and the Norwood Free School established in the 1700’s where girls could study.

Grade 11, Norwood Hall was designed by the renowned architect Sir John Soane in 1801. It was the residence of his friend John Robbins, and Robbins tomb, also designed by Soane, can be seen in the graveyard of St Marys.    

Other listed buildings include grand Georgian Houses, whose former residents include the founder of a famous

London department store, and a well- known actress from a large theatrical family.    

Norwood Green is a conservation area. Walks can be expanded to include the surrounding open spaces, Three Bridges, Warren Farm, Tentelow Woods and neighbouring Osterley House and Park

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For more information contact Susan

For more information contact Susan
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The Story of Ealing Common

From common grazing land with the consent of the Lord of the Manor, to centre of modern-day recreation and leisure, our story of Ealing Common touches upon many aspects of the lives of our local ancestors. We will learn about some of the famous people who lived in the area, the great houses and estates around the Common, the role of the Common in the lives of ordinary people, in good times and bad, and some intriguing links with Colonial India.

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Exploring  Northfields: From Northfields Station to Niagra Falls

Beginning at Northfields station, built by iconic architect Charles Holden, this walk takes you to a lovely local park, the former homes of a US president and a world famous 19th century acrobat, a classical building where a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went to school, and a house which had many famous, and in some cases scandalous, residents.  We finish near Northfields station at the Plough Inn.

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07725-997943

For more information contact Alan
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Do the Strand’: A walk along Strand on the Green

This overlooked riverside location is one of the delights of West London. Aside from its three historic pubs it has been home to many an interesting resident. On this walk we’ll meet a very ‘U’ writer, a director of blockbuster movies, a Bond baddie, a charming Georgian artist and the composer of a best-selling charity single. And we’ll 'Help' out the Beatles.

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