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3 December, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 30 September, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Download Guided Walks and Discover Streatham’s Literary Locations

Goldilocks and the Three bears, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Lords Byron and Tennyson, a Nobel Laureate for literature, Dr Samuel Johnson, and many more literati have local connections. Now you can download our guided walks to discover Streatham’s literary locations for yourself.

To celebrate our area’s rich literary legacy, we have worked with The Ramblers’ Association and The Streatham Society to develop two fascinating walks to guide you through some of the key locations linked to famous writers.  Both walks are circular and about five miles long (with a shorter option of three miles for the south walk). Detailed notes give directions and information with points of interest along the way.

The North Walk

See the flat where VS Naipaul wrote the novel that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Find out where Raymond Chandler lived with his mother. Discover the many literary secrets of St Leonard’s Church, including connections with Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jane Austen. Find Angela Carter’s old school and why Joshua Reynolds painted a group of portraits called The Streatham Worthies.

Download the North Walk here

The South Walk

Covering Streatham and Norbury (SW16), see where Joyce Lankaster-Brisley, of Milly Molly Mandy, and Leila Berg of the Nipper series lived.  Discover the house where Josephine Tey stayed with her sister, and the home of the prolific Beryl Kingston.  See the house of “the wickedest man in the world”, the infamous Aleister Crowley.  The longer route takes in where Sir Kingsley Amis was brought up and a Winnie the Pooh connection!

Download the South Walk here

There are more fascinating urban walks on the Ramblers’ website, and they are also offering Streatham walkers 15% discount on membership with the code V20QAW


3 December, 2020 @ 8:00 am
30 September, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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