Walworth. A corner of South London that has somehow managed to stay undiscovered. Yet it was in the Domesday Book. Charles Dickens and Muriel Spark mentioned it in their novels. It’s featured in films, including The King’s Speech.
Today there’s a City Garden Farm, an echo of Walworth’s market gardening that fed the city.
Walworth developed as a comfortable middle class suburb in the 1700s.Nineteenth century visitors came to enjoy the music hall and zoological gardens.
England’s first giraffes were here. The inventor of the computer lived just up the road. How cool is that?
East Lane, Charlie Chaplin’s birthplace, is a thriving street market.
Walworth is vibrant and multo-cultural, with food shops to match.
The Dagnell family has run <a href=”http://www.baldwins.co.uk/”>Baldwin’s</a> for a century.
Pullen’s yards house artists and crafts people as diverse as <a href=”http://www.carolmather.com/”>Carol</a>, silversmith, and Richard, bespoke bike builder.
Regeneration spills out from nearby Elephant and Castle, bringing new flats.
I’ll be leading the Walworth Walk 1st December at 10.45 from Kennington tube station. It’ll last around two hours and there’ll be opportunities to visit the Christmas fair at the artists’ studios.
Cost: £9, or £7 for over 65s and full-time students.