We’re walking. Look left look right (cars); look down, look up, to the magnificent petalic shape of the Kings Cross Concourse roof. Follow the curve of the building, past the Henry Moore Spindle, a bit chunky a bit squat, through to the Caledonian Road, around to Regent’s Canal, and already done a fair journey and seen a lot, swirl round through Somerstown where lived Mary Wollstonecraft, woman’s rights advocate and mother of Mary Shelley. Past Euston Park with its ancient plane trees of enormous girth, older than this whole area, across into a hidden zone of Kings Cross, with ripe cherry trees in Judd Street stone henge and hams in the window like Spain; slight detour to discover Victorian cross dressers when it was not safe to do so, reminding us how recent and fragile our enlightened attitudes are. Up to Percy Circus where, to our astonishment, Vladimir Lenin lived – hard to imagine these desirable residences made him dream of revolution – past a more reasonable modernist court named in honour of Bevin, into the gorgeous community Culpeper Park behind Sainsbury’s in Islington with all manner of wicked plants in bloom; through the handsome private rebuilds of north Kings Cross which aroused ire in some who saw social communities unjustly swept away so that others able to pay more could enjoy smaller flats more tightly packed with fewer amenities or social cohesion; onto Agar Grove past memories of long gone pubs and mates, through the back of Camden via a park made pleasant by day out of railway side waste ground though unguarded by night, alongside drunken solstice sunbathers and the smell of mary j into crowded Camden. And other places too not mentioned on this occasion.
Here are some photos from the day.
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Here’s the map: http://binged.it/1McB8vm
Coming up Stage 1 Part 2 (let’s call it Stage 2) Camden to Embankment, 26 July 2015, 2.30pm. Do join us.