Germander Speedwell 

Wayward Walks

A series of thematic walks led by Germander around curiosities in the City of London, and Kennington.

 

All walks last 2.5 - 3 hours, and are held on request - get in touch: g.speedwell@yahoo.co.uk

 

Germander is a certified Blue Cardigan guide, conducting walks in a cardigan that is unanimously certified to be in the blue range of the visible spectrum.

The Trail of the Golden Grasshoppers and Mercers' Maidens

 

Germander leads a walk in the City of London, following the trail of the Mercers' Maidens and Golden Grasshoppers, exploring other recurring curiosities, discovering peculiar passages, and revealing many of the secret signs and surprises of the City.  No tourist sites, no invisible history - only things that you can actually see, but would normally miss or be mystified by.  Starts and ends at Bank.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trail of the Two-tailed Triton

 

‘Things fishy and shippy in the City’  - curiosities of maritime and natural history in the City of London - from scallops and swans to teasels and thistles, tritons and other hybrids.  Including Lloyds ladies, Vintners' nicks, barge beds and Peek Tea, with references to lost rivers and memorials to sunken ships.  Again, no tourist sites, no invisible history - only things that you can actually see, but would normally miss or be mystified by.  Begins at Mansion House station, ends at Tower Hill.  

 

 

 

Street Art, Curiosities and Mysteries of Kennington

 

Explore the quirky side of Kennington on this walking tour, where you'll discover:

- a curious concentration of witty and artistic urban interventions, by both international and anonymous street artists

- a parallel universe, and a corner of the Duchy of Cornwall

- eccentric trees, and mysterious embellishments and additions to trees

- narrow alleys, grand avenues, and some of London's most unique and delightful squares and crescents.

Starts at Kennington station and ends at the Imperial War Museum.

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Scenes from the inaugural Trail of the Mercers' Maiden,

at which we were joined by the archivist of the Mercers Company, a delegation from the intrepid Southwark Cyclists, and other esteemed and erudite guests:

 

Left: the requisite neck-craning posture as practised by

walk attendees.  (Photo: Nick Sweeney)

 

Below: the Tallow Chandlers' glorious and curious Arms

(Photo: Nick Sweeney)

 

Bottom right: the mysterious narrowest door in the City? (photo: Noriko Matsubara)

 

Bottom left: Barry Mason meets a Mercers Maiden.  

(photo: Nick Sweeney)

Below: some of the curiosities, mysteries, strange faces and sculptural stories visited on the Trail of the Two-tailed Tritons.  

Lloyds reliefs - Lutine bell Mystery face on St Mary at Hill - 1 Mystery face on St Mary at Hill - 2 Sea God on Watermans and Lightermans Hall Two-tailed Triton on Watermen and Lightermans Hall - 2 Lloyds Register sculpture Triton walk - me

Thanks to Phil Hogg for the above three rows of photos

Corbet Court Corbet Court maiden - 1 George III face maybe Philpot Lane Mice Ship wind vane on Lloyds Register Camel Caravan Lloyds Register Lady Badge Germander at Narrow Door Clet Abraham, West Square - cropped