Greening Aldwych: a walking tour of lost and future green spaces of Aldwych
To mark London History Day 2019, Professor Clare Brant, Director of Strandlines, and Assistant Editor Fran Allfrey put together a tour of past, present, and future green space around Aldwych.
We’re excited to release highlights from the tour here for anyone to use. All you need is your phone with data, or connected to The Cloud wifi, which is available for free in central London.
The tour explores how different locations around Aldwych have moved through different shades of green over the last three hundred years. We look at the big and famous spaces, such as the lost gardens of Somerset House, but we also take in some more esoteric stops, from admiring wildflowers to exploring the secret life of Aldwych bees and mushrooms.
The tour takes about 45 minutes (although you may want to skip parts!). The route also involves crossing the Aldwych gyratory using the pedestrian traffic lights. Part of the route involves stairs, however, this section can also be accessed by avoiding the stairs – we’ll point these options out when we get there.
The Strandlines editors got to know each other either through working together on events for the first iteration of Strandines, or through related research interests. The group includes expertise in medieval, digital and eighteenth-century matters; in hair work and memorial culture, authors’ rights and churchyards; in drones and undergrounds; in soundscapes and life writing. We share different forms of fascination with London, and can occasionally be found discovering more common interests in one of the Strand’s pubs.