Oct
2018

Revisiting Camden

Walking in & around Camden, finding new places.

picture of me taking a picture

I drink, therefore I am, a pun on JPS I think therefore I am

 

Some time ago I decided to start a Meet Up Group and lead some of my Urban Walks, I felt Camden would be a good place to start.

I have been enjoying revisiting Camden a lot and I have been getting loads of books from the Chelsea library; reading up about the history of Camden.  A haven for Artists, Writers, Musicians, Historians; Camden has the lot.

Fascinating & somewhat mysterious historical characters, such as Walter Sickert, part of the Camden Artist group. I’m re-reading Patricia Cornwell’s Case Closed, where she sets out to prove that Walter Sickert was, in fact, Jack The Ripper.

JACK THE RIPPER

It has been said that Sickert’s landlady at 6 Mornington crescent believed The Ripper had lived in one of her rooms. this certainly had an effect on Sickert’s imagination who painted Jack the Rippers room and is featured today in Manchester Art Gallery.

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/jack-the-rippers-bedroom-206026

 

Camden got let off lightly during the blitz.

It seems only Camden Tube Station got slightly hit. The rest is intact. Part of its charm is the beautiful listed buildings, edging onto Regents Park. Camden Theatre at Mornington Crescent built in 1900 is still standing, now named Koko, it was rescued by the BBC in the 1940’s, virtually desolate in the early 1970’s then resurrected as The Music Machine named after an LA Psychedelic rock band, making way for the new wave punk generation.  Then it became Camden Palace, now Koko.

The main difficulty was what to keep in the walk and what to leave for another occasion

walking past Spiritual Bar

Girl walks past Spiritual Bar

Literary Camden

There is no end to writers who have lived and worked in Camden, from WB Yeats to Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Beryl Bainbridge, the original fantasy writer George McDonald, and many more.  I kept coming across plaques and had to rein it in somehow. What was starting off as a rock n roll walk was going to turn into a literary walk? Although I can’t do it all in one walk, there is so much scope for future walks.

OLD FASHIONED TOWN CRIER

 

PIC OF TOWN CRIER IN FULL OUTFIT

 It never fails to surprise me how popular Camden Market is. People are happy to be crammed in and queue up for the ever-increasing food stalls in the market.

I prefer to get there early to actually be able to look at the stores and look at the new designs and products. I had gone off Camden some years ago but must say it has so much life and energy there, it feels good to be back in North London.

 

BOOTS N SHOES

BOOTS N SHOES

 

ELTHAM WRITERS

I have been busily involved with The Eltham Readers group, my interview with Bernardine Evaristo author of Mr Loverman can be found in the SEnine Magazine. Tonight she will be at Eltham Library to talk about her book. (see page 29 on link below)

https://indd.adobe.com/view/7cec421a-b0b4-4310-9b6e-1cb5b5df888e

My next Meet up Group should be the 18/11 see below for new walks.

 

My new Meet up Group details are below.

I can’t explain my feet Ad Hoc Walking Group

London, GB
91 Members

Anyone who wants to get to know the real London and enjoys walking. Travellers, Tourists, & the curious. My first couple of walks will be in the Camden area, followed by a Bri…

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Last Saturday of November I will be joining in the Bedlam Walk. More on that next blog.

Until then, keep putting one foot in front of the other……