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Heritage Walks

Tickets for guided walks must be booked in advance. A reminder with final joining arrangements will be sent the day before each walk. 

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Heritage Walk

From Whitechapel to the Suburb

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Monday, 24 June 2024
10.30 AM
Meet in the car park, St Jude’s Church, NW11 7AH.

In the 140th anniversary year of the foundation of Toynbee Hall, Kate Webster, Trustee HGS Heritage, leads a walk to look at how Henrietta and Samuel Barnett’s experiences in Whitechapel informed Henrietta’s vision for Hampstead Garden Suburb and how some of that survives today.

Kate Webster
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Heritage Walk

Geology and More at Highgate & Queens Woods

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Monday, 24 June 2024
2.00 PM

(for non-specialists)

Meet outside the café, Highgate Wood, N10 3JN.

Alison Barraclough, education lead at the Geologists' Association of London returns to Proms with another layman’s tour to explore how geology has influenced history, land-use and vegetation in the two woods.

Alison Barraclough
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Travels with Pevsner

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024
10.30 AM
Meet on Willifield Green, opposite Fellowship House, NW11 6YD.

Joe Mathieson, HGS Trust Architectural Adviser, leads this walk examining the involvement of Nikolaus Pevsner (famous as an art and architectural historian) in the creation of the HGS conservation area he lived just outside of, as well as his influence on the modern British conservation movement.

Joe Mathieson
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Countesses, Courtesans, Creators - and Cows

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024
2.00 PM

The Female Side of Kenwood House

Meet on the carriage drive opposite the main doors of Kenwood House, NW3 7JR.

Mark King, Blue Badge Guide, author, and Council Member of the Friends of Kenwood will share his passion for Kenwood as he introduces countesses and other interesting female residents, royal princesses and queens who appear in the art collection and women whose work is represented there.

Mark King
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Heritage Walk

The Pied Piper of King's Cross

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Wednesday, 26 June 2024
10.30 AM
Meet on raised forecourt of St Pancras Station, Euston Road N1C 4QL (by John Betjeman Arms)

As we approach the 750th anniversary of the Hamelin fable, Camden Accredited Guide, Lester Hillman leads an exploration of this area rich in historic links. These include sculpture, heraldry, poetry and food plus rodents and royalty, military and migration, institutions and local place names. Where do Harry Potter, Lewis Carroll, the Cold War and Eurostars fit in? It is a story about outsourcing public health management and Kings Cross post-Covid has much to tell.

Lester Hillman
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The Wonderful World of Charles Paget Wade

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Wednesday, 26 June 2024
2.00 PM
Meet in the car park of St Jude's Church

Wade is famous for his collection of eclectic objects from furniture to clothing and pictures at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire (which he left to the National Trust). A qualified architect and gifted artist, he designed several Suburb buildings. Paul Capewell, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Communications Officer has researched this fascinating character and will introduce him and some of his work in the Suburb.

Paul Capewell
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Heritage Walk

Nature Conservation in the Metropolis

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Thursday, 27 June 2024
10.30 AM

Challenges, Threats and Opportunities

Meet at Golders Hill Park (near café), North End Way, NW3 7HE.

Join Richard Payne, the Corporation of London’s Hampstead Heath Conservation Supervisor, to learn about managing the Heath for both nature and humans. Knowledgeable, passionate and a great raconteur, Richard’s walks are always a treat. Expect to visit lesser-known corners and hear about the latest conservation work. Sensible shoes advised.

Richard Payne
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Heritage Walk

All of a Twitten

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Thursday, 27 June 2024
2.00 PM
Meet on Willifield Green, opposite Fellowship House, NW11 6YD

NOTE: This walk replaces the 'Trees for the Future' walk that has been unfortunately cancelled. Tickets for Trees for the Future are valid for this walk. Please note meeting place change. 


The Suburb’s twittens provide a secret alternative route through the Suburb, leafy and car-free. An essential component of the original Suburb plan, these hidden green arteries are wildlife havens as well as convenient cut-throughs. Simon Henderson, HGST Chief Executive will lead a walk tracing some of the older twittens and shows how they contribute to both the planning and green environment of the Suburb.

Simon Henderson
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Heritage Walk

Revolting London

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Friday, 28 June 2024
10.30 AM

2000 Years of Rebellion and Retribution

Meet at Tower Hill Underground Station, EC3N 4DJ.

Ian Fagelson (Top 10 guide on Tripadvisor) takes us from the Tower of London to the Mansion House. We will meet rebels from Boadicea, who burned down Roman London, to the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who disrupted the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech in 2019. In between, we will explore the streets and alleys of the City and meet a cast of extraordinary characters including beheaded Tudor queens, Irish bombers, a lynched Archbishop of Canterbury, a slave trader, a Scottish noble who literally laughed his head off in 1747 and many others.

Ian Fagelson
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Homes for Working Women

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Friday, 28 June 2024
2.00 PM
Meet at Golders Hill Park (near café), North End Way, NW3 7HE.

Female employment was expanding rapidly just as the Hampstead Garden Suburb was being built and the earliest suburb included a range of accommodation for single working women of all backgrounds, from middle-class working women to live-in training for those less well-off. Join Mary Crowley, historian and guide, to discover an overlooked history of the Suburb.

Mary Crowley
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The Alleys and Lanes of Hampstead

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Saturday, 29 June 2024
10.30 AM
Meet at Heath Street, Hampstead in courtyard outside Wagamama NW3 1EN at 10.30am

Marilyn Greene, professional guide and former curator of Hampstead Museum will lead us through the attractive and intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead. We will discover hidden corners and learn how the village developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities in the 19th century.

Marilyn Greene
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Hampstead South

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Sunday, 30 June 2024
10.30 AM

Personalities and Plaques

Meet outside Hampstead Underground Station, Heath Street, NW3 1RE. 

Prize winning guide and author Rachel Kolsky returns to lead an exploration south of Hampstead tube discovering through plaques and stunning homes a rich and eclectic mix of residents. Amongst architects and artists, poets and photographers, musicians and medics there is also found the 1930s Artists' Refugee Committee and the most famous frog in the world.

Rachel Kolsky
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