In this episode John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou take a lopsided ramble through Pathfinder’s Afoot Round London (published in 1911) and get lost in the Essex Golden Triangle between Chigwell and Loughton.
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In the first episode of this new series Nick and John look at the rich tradition of early 20th century topographical walking guides to London and the South East. Each episode is a wayward topographical ramble through the pages of a different book.
This week John and Nick take a dérive through James Bone’s The London Perambulator published in 1925. Bone’s view of the city was idiosyncratic and hard to pin down, he was drawn to the overlooked and maligned corners of the metropolis. He dreamed of having the keys to the spirit of London and preached the virtues of night-time perambulations in all weathers.
Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers discuss a selection of their favourite London books with readings to music by Europa51. They delve into Montague Sharpe’s Middlesex in British, Roman and Saxon Times (1919); William Margrie’s The Diary of a London Explorer (1933); Gordon S. Maxwell’s Highwayman’s Heath (1935) and HV Morton’s London (1926).