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London - past, present and future.  Remembering London and Londoners in  World War 1.
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Welcome to this Free London Topic

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Thanks to all our new viewers and followers! We hope you continue to enjoy this topic from Walking The Past.

 

We love the variety of life in this wonderful city and hope to share the fun of our discoveries. Our innovative walks allow readers to discover the history of London at their own pace with fun challenges like I-spy quizzes and 'bagging' plaques thrown in.

Walking The Past London Walks are ideal for tourists, visitors, school trips, studying London and Londoners alike. And the prices start from just under £2.00. So why not download a free sample 'A Short Walk in Mayfair' from the website page llink, and become a PastWalker?

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War Requiem

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CADOGAN HALL - Sunday 30 November 2014, 6.00pm

A performance of Britten's powerful War Requiem, in which traditional Latin texts are interspersed with settings of poems by Wilfred Owen written in World War I.

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This is one of the seminal works of the twentieth century to be sung by The London Chorus - 'London's most versatile choir'. 

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iBeaken - Harrow on the Hill

iBeaken - Harrow on the Hill | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it

The Brooding Hill

This Autumn's title list from MJL Digital Publications includes this fascinating walk around one of London's highest hills.

Once a thriving town on the edge of nineteenth century London, Harrow on the Hill had a High Street full of shops and a centre where the Borough was administered, with Council offices and a Fire Station. The famous school clustered around St Mary's, the parish church dating back to Saxon times and the hill was surrounded by farms and small villages.



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Poppies at the Tower

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Thousands of ceramic poppies are being planted around the Tower of London in remembrance for those killed in World War 1

Via Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
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A great idea that should build up into a fantastic commemoration by Armistice Day in November.

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iBeaken - Planning for D Day

iBeaken - Planning for D Day | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it

St Paul’s School was situated in Colet Gardens on the Hammersmith Road from 1884 to 1968. At the start of World War II, it was evacuated but its reasonably close proximity to Whitehall and the fact that General Bernard Montgomery was an ‘Old Pauline’ made it an ideal base for the 21st Army Group.

It is said that as an ex pupil, Montgomery took great delight in occupying and working from the Headmasters’ study.

The old lecture hall was on 15 May 1944 the location of the final briefing on the plans to invade Normandy. Among those who attended were King George VI, Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

A few weeks earlier on 7 April, Churchill had made a tearful and emotional address to the Anglo-American High Command at St Paul’s with these concluding words

“Remember this is an invasion, not the creation of a fortified beach head”

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iBeaken - Kensington Gardens

iBeaken - Kensington Gardens | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
This famous park offers unparalleled opportunities for relaxation, exercise, entertainment and education. One of London’s biggest green spaces, you will see fine horticulture, excellent wildlife sites and some of the country’s most important buildings, statues and memorials.

William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689. As an asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the red brick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by 'transferring' 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704.

The Gardens are particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also used as a healthy walking route to work for commuters and by joggers and runners. Cycling is allowed on the designated path linking the Queen's Gate to West Carriage Drive, Mount Gate to the Broadwalk and the broadwalk itself from Black Lion Gate to Palace Gate.

For lovers of the unusual and magical there is the Fairy tree and the statue of Peter Pan to remind children of all ages that there is more to life than just what we can see and hear.

This iBeaken walk is brought to you by 'Walking The Past' & MJL Digital Publishers.
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The allure of abandoned Tube stations

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The New Year's Day episode of Sherlock included a plot line about abandoned Tube stations. The eerie empty platforms and booking offices have enthralled photographers.
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New Alan Turing sculpture revealed in London

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A new sculpture of gay computer genius and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing has been revealed in Paddington, London, as one of three heroes voted for by local residents.
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Want to see what travelling on the Tube 150 years ago looked like?

Want to see what travelling on the Tube 150 years ago looked like? | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
It is nearly the end of London Underground’s anniversary celebrations, looking back at 150 years of subterranean transport in the capital.
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Olive Mudie-Cooke, official war artist

Olive Mudie-Cooke, official war artist | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
Only a handful of women became official war artists in the Great War. One of them was Londoner Olive Mudie-Cooke, - creating evocative images of the conflict while serving as a driver during the wa...
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A rare London doing her bit and creating 'evocative images' of the war...

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The Story of My Unseen London

The Story of My Unseen London | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
I was born and grew up in London working as an advertising photographer, living on the river with a view of Battersea Power Station. I witnessed it being ripped apart removing a wall and the roof. The building was then neglected for years. In 2010, I...
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Beautiful and unusual London photographs...

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Tower of London poppies in memory of World War 1 victims

Such an incredible, surreal sight on 3rd November 2014 Place was so busy, even in the rain!!
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A great artwork that has caught the public's imagination...

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London 2014: First World War by LondonTown.com

London 2014: First World War by LondonTown.com | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
LondonTown.com looks at events in London which commemorate 100 years since the First World War.
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iBeaken - Frankie Howerd

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Titter ye not, this is the house in Kensington’s beautiful Edwardes Square where Francis Alick Howard (Frankie Howerd) lived until his death in April 1992.

His career - described by Barry Cryer as “a series of comebacks’ spanned over 60 years although he failed in his ambition to become a serious actor by not getting into RADA.

He became an entertainer in the army during World War 2 (he changed his name to Howerd at this time to be ‘different’). From his radio debut in 1946 through to films and T.V. in the 50’s his profile and success grew, but eventually his style of comedy fell out of fashion.

Peter Cook revived his career by booking him at the satirical Establishment Club in Soho. This led to appearances on That Was The Week That Was and other regular T.V. and stage work.

In his latter years, he became popular with students, appearing in a one-man show at universities across the country. His partner and manager Dennis Haymer stayed with him for over 30 years, but Howerd strived to keep the homosexual nature of their relationship a secret for fear of being blackmailed.

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/may/03/frankie-howerd-on-campus
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E. F. Benson blue plaque in London

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E. F. Benson 1867-1940 writer lived here
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Secret WW1 spy files have been made available online - BBC News

Secret WW1 spy files have been made available online - BBC News | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
BBC News
Secret WW1 spy files have been made available online
BBC News
The release by the National Archives, in Kew south-west London, forms part of its "First World War 100" programme which is honouring the anniversary of the war.
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George Lansbury - Serpentine

George Lansbury - Serpentine | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
George Lansbury, 1859 -1940, who made this bathing-shore for our enjoyment.
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London hop trade war memorial

London hop trade war memorial | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
Credit to Researching the Past for the splendid research on the names on this memorial.
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The Who in Harrow

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Pete Townshend was the guitar-smasher. We visited the site in May 2012 to find the plaque gone and replaced with a hand-scrawled rather sad 'Who R.I.P.', so we are indebted to Housing for the photograph.
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Thames Tunnel Boiler House

Thames Tunnel Boiler House | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
Boiler House, this building was originally used as a boiler house during the construction of Marc Isambard Brunel's Thames tunnel between 1825 and 1843.  It has since had many alterations and changes of use.
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Secret London: streets beneath streets of London

Secret London: streets beneath streets of London | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
Paul, the librarian at Time Out, first told me about the street beneath Charing Cross Road in around 2005. He promised to show it to me, but never did. Then, last month, I saw it. I was mooching ar...
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From London roads to the frontlines

From London roads to the frontlines | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
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This is the type of bus Alfred Bestall, the Rupert Bear illustrator, drove in World War 1.

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iBeaken - African National Congress (1978 - 1994)

iBeaken - African National Congress (1978 - 1994) | London - Walking The Past | Scoop.it
The next plaque (ANC) is at 28 Penton Street.


African National Congress (ANC) was based in Penton Street N1, near the Angel, between 1978 and 1994.
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