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People You May Meet On My Tour

September 16, 2021
by the gentle author

My walking tour of Spitalfields is full this weekend but a few tickets remain for Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September at noon. Email to book.

Map of the Gentle Author’s Tour drawn by Adam Dant


Join me on a ramble through Spitalfields taking no more than an hour and a half, but walking through two thousand years of history and encountering just a few of the people who have made the place distinctive. Here is a selection of those that we may meet. Click here for further information

Linda Carney, Machinist

Harry Landis, Actor

Udham Singh

Mary Wollstoncraft

Charles Dickens

Millie Rich (Photo by Patricia Niven)

Emilia Bassanio Lanier (Portrait by Nichols Hilliard)

Sir John Betjeman & Dan Cruickshank

Neville Turner

Audrey Kneller

Boy wearing Horace Warner’s Hat

Jessica & Rosalie Wakefield

Henrietta Barnett

Charlie Chaplin

Paul Gardner

Sandra Esqulant

Mavis Bullwinkle

Abdul Khalique

Joginder Singh

Nicholas Culpeper

David Prescott

Joan Lauder, the cat lady of Spitalfields

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 16, 2021

    The White Cliffs by Alice Duer Miller (1940)

    The English are frosty
    When you’re no kith or kin
    Of theirs, but how they alter
    When once they take you in!
    The kindest, the truest,
    The best friends ever known,
    It’s hard to remember
    How they froze you to a bone.
    They showed me all London,
    Johnnie and his friends;
    They took me to the country
    For long week-ends;
    I never was so happy,
    I never had such fun,
    I stayed many weeks in England
    Instead of just one.

    This is my England as I have come to love it and will love it forever!

    Love & Peace

  2. Linda Granfield permalink
    September 16, 2021

    Lucky are those who will accompany you this weekend!

    Perhaps, one day, there will be a filmed version of your tour so those of us on other continents can walk with you.
    These daily blog jaunts are always informative and fun. Imagine a film!

  3. September 16, 2021

    I love the idea of the tour. I’ve just finished reading a Christopher Fowler Bryant and May novel so it chimes so well with the running story of Arthur Bryant’s walking tours. And I mean this in a good way as I’d sign up for one of Bryant’s tours in a flash. Good luck with this one.

  4. Robin permalink
    September 17, 2021

    Such a panoply of East Enders, each with an intriguing story to tell us!

  5. Penni Joy permalink
    September 18, 2021

    I wish I could join your walks – but illness and distance prevent this at the moment. Please have a wonderful time, all of you lucky people. Especially as you’ll be with TGA! I hope the weather is kind. Penni Joy, Mid Wales

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