Wonderful Walworth

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 Garden farm

Walworth developed as a comfortable middle class suburb in the 1700s.Nineteenth century visitors came to enjoy the music hall and zoological gardens.

Peacock in the Park

England’s first giraffes  were here. The inventor of the computer lived just up the road. How cool is that?

Charles Babbage


East Lane,  Charlie Chaplin’s birthplace, is a thriving street market.

East Lane

Walworth is vibrant and multo-cultural, with food shops to match.

African Shop

The Dagnell family has run <a href=”http://www.baldwins.co.uk/”>Baldwin’s</a&gt; for a century.


Pullen’s  yards  house artists and crafts people as diverse as <a href=”http://www.carolmather.com/”>Carol</a&gt;, silversmith, and Richard, bespoke bike builder.

Carol Mather

Regeneration spills out from nearby Elephant and Castle, bringing new flats.

The New

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.



  1. Looks like a wonderful part of the city to meander through . . . especially with a Christmas Fair to visit. Enjoy!

    1. Oh I do, I do 🙂 Thanks

    1. It has grown on me. Initially I thought it was an ostrich…

  2. Thank you Isobel!

    1. It has been quite a struggle with WordPress. Kate’s joined Hercules’ gang.

      1. why a struggle?

      2. The mysterious workings of WordPress.

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