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The London Course: Exploring Growing Village Suburbs

The growth of London in recent centuries entailed the swallowing up of small villages deep in the countryside.

This course will examine what have now become extensive London boroughs. Each which will be described in lectures followed by walks through these historic areas and each should be treated as an integrated pair of topics.

Lecture on Kensington

In this lecture, you will see how two major factors brought about the development of Kensington: the creation of the Palace in the 17th century along with residences for courtiers, and the epoch-making Great Exhibition of 1851 from which spread Albertopolis. This is the town of the Albert Hall, the cultural colleges and the grand-scale houses where Kensington became the place to live. Its link with the Underground Metropolitan Railway enhanced the area as a centre of great museums and as a major shopping centre for west London.


Mr Geoffrey Toms | talks


Date and Time:

4 November 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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