Midweek Mulberries: In search of Chelsea’s past by Peter Coles

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CUCR’s Peter Coles is leading another urban walk this week using London’s old mulberry trees as portals into the city’s  buried past. Tracing 450 years of Chelsea history, from monasteries and Tudor mansions to silk and sewers through its hidden old mulberry trees.

About this Event:

Day : Wednesday 3rd July

Location : Meet at South Kensington Tune, Pelham St / Old Brompton Road exit

Google Plus code: FRVG+J7 Kensington, London

Time : 12.00 noon

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has more old mulberry trees with a story to tell than many London boroughs, but they are often hidden away. On this 2-hour walk we will discover surviving remnants of the 18th century Raw Silk Company plantation, which once had 2000 mulberry trees; we will see mulberries growing on the site of Sir
 Thomas More’s magnificent home, discover the site of Henry VIII’s Tudor manor house with its own ancient mulberries, find an old mulberry on Jospeh Bazalgette’s Chelsea Embankment… and more.
Chelsea Park-Cary 1799
The walk will end at 2 pm at Chelsea Manor House on Cheyne Walk (or outside the Chelsea Physic Garden) from where it is a short walk to King’s Road for buses to Sloane Square Tube.
For more information contact : Peter Coles
Peter Coles is a fine art photographer, journalist and editor and has been a Visiting Fellow at Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London since 2007.

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