VE DAY 70
Hammersmith played a vital role in defeating Adolf Hitler. This month’s walk recalls General Montgomery using his old boys’ school St Pauls to plan the second front, Operation Overlord. He eventually put 200,000 men onto a hostile shore, predicting a 90-day break-out. He beat his own prediction by ten days. This, despite Hitler throwing everything at Hammersmith in February 1944. On our walk we follow the tread of Nazi bombs. FREE HAMMERSMITHLONDON WALK 11.00am meet outside Barons Court tube.
Follow the path of destruction wrought by Zeppelin Ace Heinrich Mathy on the night of 8th September 1915 when he bombed and burned his way across the heart of the British Empire. Meet north exit Holborn tube. THURS 28th May 3.00. £10 and £8 concs.
In the 1800s Hammersmith was known as Pope’s Corner, especially after the arrival of the Sisters of Nazareth lead by Victoire Larmenier, a young sister from Rennes, France sent to England to establish the Order. In 1957 she founded the first Nazareth House. Our walk through Brook Green celebrates her achievement, with the Order now a formidable force for Christian good across the world. FREE HAMMERSMITHLONDON WALK11.00am meet outside Olympia tube on Olympia Way.
BREAKFAST WITH MISTER NED
In 1867 an established, but relatively unknown, Victorian artist Edward ‘Ned’ Jones and his wife bought the Grange, an eighteenth century house and garden in North End Road. This became the main home and studio for the rest of Edward Burne-Jones’ life, and during the 1870s his fellow artist William Morris would walk over on Sunday mornings from Kelmscott House in Lower Mall for boisterous bacon breakfasts. Our walk recreates Morris’ morning walk – in reverse. Meet West Kensington tube station 11.00 FREE HAMMERSMITH LONDON WALK