Thursday, 28 May 2015

CoolTan Arts CoolWalk Blue Anchor Library - Fun, Fresh Air & Picnics

CoolWalk's Southwark Library tour contines.

Hot on the heels of two successful Canada Water Library walks, CoolWalks moves from the Docks to nearby Blue Anchor Library & Bermondsey. 

Having explored the industrial history of Canada Water, we explore Bermondsey, an area that contained many factories that turned the raw ingredients land at Canada Water's quays into our family stock cupboard favourites. 

Walk with us to learn new things, have fun and get in a bit of exercise whilst together we discover which jams, biscuits, chocolates, custards, pickles and much, much more besides, helped make Bermondsey the pantry of London; the pantry of the UK and almost each and every corner of the globe.  

We take in the site of the chocolatier's swimming pool, try not to get in a pickle about pickles and discover the cracking story of the of the great egg-stink of World War 1. 

Together we'll go on a walk of fun, fresh air and picnics. Hopefully, we'll not get too hungry.

Starts inside Blue Anchor Library at 12:30pm and finishes around 3pm.


·         Saturday 13th, June 2015
·         Thursday 25th, June 2015

The walk is approximately 3 miles and we would ask participants to wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.  Participants can leave at any time.

Blue Anchor Library, Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

Bus: 1, P12, 381
Tube: Bermondsey

Many smells!
A Poem by Leslie Davidson

Smells that vary with the weather,

Smell of hops and smell of leather,

Smell of jams and smell of glue,

Smell of chocolate at the Blue,

Smell of frying fish and chips,

Smell of heavy oil that drips,

Smell of stale ice left to trickle,

Smell of vinegar and pickle,

Smell of foreign bales and bags,

Smell of damp and steaming rags,

Smell of sweat and smell of dirt,

Smell of many an unwashed shirt,

Smell of humanity

In Bermondsey.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to another fine London walk... Nice poem from Leslie and wonderful artwork on the hull of a boat by street artist Alice Pasquini from Rome.