Saturday, 5 June 2010

Chaplin, Cricket & Artists

Isobel’s on the march again in the sunny south this Sunday. Here she is…

“It’s time for the walk around Sunny Walworth once more. Strangely for a place that is so close to central London, Walworth remains largely off the capital's radar. That may all change as the effects of the regeneration of neighbouring Elephant and Castle start to be felt.

Historically, it was all open fields and market gardening. At the end of the eighteenth century it began to be developed as a genteel residential location for the well-to-do middle and upper middle classes. The enterprising Mr Penton built houses here. The Babbage family lived in one of them. Young Charles Babbage went on to secure his place in history as the inventor of the modern computer.

A hundred years later another Charles was born in Walworth who would become a globally famous film star. That was Charlie Chaplin. Maurice Micklewhwhite, aka Michael Caine, was another local lad, and last November Clint Eastwood rode into SE17.

Not many people know that.”

Chaplin, Cricket and Artists, the Walworth Walk, meets at Kennington Station at 10.45a.m this Sunday 6th June.

The Kid (the still here is of Chaplin and Jackie Coogan) is available on Blue-ray and DVD on the Park Circus label.

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