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A Walk around Charlie Chaplin’s Southwark 2019

On the evening of Thursday 5 September, about 20 TNRA members and supporters gathered on the Walworth Road for a walk hosted by John Constable to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Chaplin. The walk started at the church where his parents were married and then went via Chaplin’s birthplace in East Street to the Lambeth Workhouse, where the family were housed in hard times, and West Square, where they lived in happier days. On the way, John delivered a fascinating talk on the history and culture of the area in the late 19th century with its costermongers and music hall artists, encompassing the old Surrey Gardens zoo and theatre, the Manor Place public baths and the South London Palace, one of London's most celebrated music halls. Walkers were even treated to a performance by John of his favourite music hall song!

See here for a short clip of Charlie Chaplin visiting the pub named after him at the Elephant & Castle in 1972.