Plumstravaganza – Step Back in Time

IMG_6161.JPGThere was a large turnout for the walk that started outside Plumstead Station on Saturday morning. The walk followed the route that the social commentator, George Duckworth, took along with PC Clyne on Monday 1st October 1900, as part of the Social Survey of London Life that was carried out between 1886 and 1903. This survey was instigated by the businessman, Charles Booth, and it was intended that the walk should shed some light on what life was like in parts of Plumstead 116 years ago.

IMG_6167.JPGAs the procession wound its way along Plumstead High Street, the walk leader David pointed out sites that were important in the past and buildings whose purpose have changed over the years. Some of these included the site of The Brewery, The Workhouse/Infirmary and The Vicarage.

IMG_6168.JPGThe more eagle-eyed may have spotted some of the posters for the Plum Trail on display in various shop windows. By the time the walk concluded around 1pm everyone had gained a better understanding of what life was like in Plumstead at the turn of the last century.



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