Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Great London Walks Virtual Monopoly Game Roll #8: South London Special!

This occasional LW Blog series is a virtual tour of the London Monopoly board in which we give you a “Did you know?” London fact (or two) with which to amaze your fellow kitchen table capitalists next time you are playing the classic Hasbro board game… This turn ALSO ties in with a busy London Walks month South of the River Thames.

Rolling the dice we throw a… three and a three: 6!

From the “Liverpool Street Station” square (see last roll), this roll takes us to… Old Kent Road. (Don’t forget to collect £200!)

The first and cheapest square on the board, brown in colour, its value as an undeveloped site is £60. Of all the squares on the London Monopoly board it is the only one lying south of the river. This historic thoroughfare is made up in part from the old Roman road Watling Street, and was used by Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is merely the start of a long history of being name-checked in works from a wide variety of “artists” down through the years. George Orwell’s Dorothy Hare in The Clergyman’s Daughter ends up on the Old Kent Road alone after a bout of amnesia… Girls Aloud name check the road on their song Long Hot Summer. Can any other London street link Orwell and Girls Aloud? Shirley Temple famously Knocked ‘em in the Old Kent Road in the 1939 "mockney" song of the same title.

London Walks in South London this month include Tooting (this Sunday 7th at 10.45a.m)… Crystal Palace and Forest Hill (both on 28th February)… and, of course, Somewhere Else every Saturday and Tuesday from Embankment Station, digging around in Lambeth.

For a video preview of the Somewhere Else London Walk, click HERE. (The guide in the film will also lead the Crystal Palace & Forest Hill London Walks.)

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