TALK: Vanished City

Monday 19th October – Tom Bolton

Houses, families and residents gatheredLondon is constantly on the move. There is so much change all around us that we scarcely notice it, but places that are vanished and forgotten include some of London’s most famous – and infamous – neighbourhoods.

TALK: This is Wren

St Bride Fleet Street, steeple

St Bride Fleet Street, steeple

Monday 28 September – Tony Tucker

“The Classical, the Baroque and the City of London churches: his life and career as scientist, astronomer and architect – focusing on the churches.”

A talk by the City of London guide, Tony Tucker, looking at the life and work of the greatest English architect, Sir Christopher Wren.

Beginning with a summary of Wren’s life, the talk includes his education and his work as a medic, a scientist and as the leading astronomer of his day.  This is followed by a review of Wren’s architectural influences and achievements, with digital photographs of all his major buildings, such as Trinity College Library in Cambridge, the royal hospitals at Chelsea and Greenwich and, of course, St Paul’s Cathedral.  The lecture then focuses in detail on Wren’s City churches, with their incredible variety and elegant steeples, a group of churches unique in the world and of exceptional originality and architectural merit, their interiors featuring the craftsmanship of the great woodcarvers, stonemasons and plasterers working alongside Wren in the post-Great Fire rebuilding programme.

Books on Wren:
Wren, by Margaret Whinney
On A Grander Scale: The Outstanding Career of Sir Christopher Wren, by Lisa Jardine
His Invention So Fertile: The Life of Christopher Wren, by Adrian Tinniswood
The Architecture of Wren, by Kerry Downes

Books on the City of London Churches:
London: The City Churches, by Nikolaus Pevsner (updated by Simon Bradley)
The Visitors Guide to the City of London Churches, by Tony Tucker

TALK: The Story of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway

Crystal Palace High Level Station postcard 1908

Crystal Palace High Level Station postcard 1908

Wednesday, 9 September – Bernard Winchester

The Crystal Palace is often seen as the embodiment of the spirit of the Victorian Age.  Less well known is its intimate relationship with its railways, particularly after the move to Sydenham, and the crucial importance of this synergy in the development of London.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the great High Level station on 1st August 1865.   By telling, with many illustrations, the colourful story of this railway, and by placing it within a wider context, Bernard Winchester evokes this spirit and offers an unusual perspective on London’s history.

WALK: “Bank Holiday Heather”

Monday, 31 August – Led by jane McLauchlin & Malcolm Jennings

Addington Hills - woodland

Addington, woodland (Photo: Mark Tyson)

A walk on Addington Hills looking at the blooming heather and the wildlife within it. Note this walk includes some short sharp climbs.

Meet at 14.00 in the car park next to the Chinese Restaurant off Shirley Hills Road, Shirley.

EXCURSION: Walthamstow

Saturday, 29 August 2015 – Paul Sowan

To visit The William Morris Gallery, Frank Lloyd’s ‘other’ Lloyd Park, and the Vestry House Museum of Walthamstow history. Meet at Walthamstow Central Station (main Entrance) at 10.00.

Note that, due to engineering works, there is no Victoria Line to Walthamstow Central, alternative route is by train from Liverpool Street.

Pub lunch or Picnic lunch.

WALK: Croydon Concrete Safari

Nestlé Building (as was). Photo: Mark Tyson

Nestlé Building (as was). Photo: Mark Tyson

Monday 10 August – led by Tom Smith
A walking tour analysing the larger buildings of Croydon, the vision that built them, and both the success and failure they represent. An open minded exploration of the unique influences on Croydon town centre’s landscape. Led by Tom Smith, Wandle Park Volunteering and Learning Officer.

Meet outside the ECURC at 19.00. [Note earlier than usual start time for an evening event.]