Date(s) - 04/08/2014
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
In many ways, the north London suburb of Finchley is typical of many communities in those difficult times. Men were recruited to serve, letters were sent home, hospital staff nursed them when they were injured, their families tried to keep going in their absence on duty. Later, memorials were erected in honour of their service and to remember the ‘glorious dead’.
Yes, a typical community, yet on this walk we’ll also explore so much more about life during ‘the Great War’ that you may not have expected to find in an ordinary suburb:
– the street where the very first British soldier to die in this war grew up
– green fields where cows sustained local residents and still graze today
– grand home of a leading industrialist and MP, whose stationery products were used in everyday correspondence between armed servicemen and their families (today, an interesting small museum and fine gardens)
– hall converted to use as a hospital for injured troops
– school, whose young pupils and staff so typically went on to serve their country
– a community hospital dedicated to eternal memory of the fallen from the Finchley area
– memorial to one of the turning points on the Western Front; learn about the battle and why this remarkable French statue was erected in Finchley.
This walk will include a short break for refreshments and a bus journey. Please bring your Oyster!
*To be repeated on Sun. 21 Sept.*
Bookings are closed for this event.