Limehouse Heritage Walk (1 Jun 2013)
Limehouse Heritage Walk (1 June 2013)
On 1 June 2013, twenty project volunteers and guests participated in a heritage walk around Limehouse, designed and delivered by Rosa Kurowska (Project Officer) and Samuel Norwood (Research Volunteer). The walk followed the footsteps of the earliest Chinese migrants to London and their experiences in the docks. From Limehouse Causeway the walk proceeded to Pennyfields past the sites of the British Sailors Society, Strangers Home, Sailors Palace and more. A highlight for many was a visit to the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets where we heard from the manager Alan Chau about the history of the centre. The walk focused on introducing various historical resources, census papers, photographs and archive material, to explore the social history of Limehouse’s Chinatown and look at the merits of different historical sources for project research.
Feedback from participants:
‘The route was wonderful, visually eclectic and tying in various key points of the local history.’
‘Its nice to see [the canal] and think of it as part of the origin story for the Chinese sailors.’
‘Would be great to incorporate some oral history testimonies.’
Following feedback from the walk we are in the process of developing a website for the walk and looking into walks around different areas of London for the future. If you are interested in these walks then please contact us for more information or check back for updates on this page.