In perusing the London Walks website, I discovered that they offer by special appointment a walk based around William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade. This is a special interest of mine, so i inquired about the walk. It is not on the regular schedule, but is offered as a private walk for a group of up to 18 at a price of 130GBP for the group.
That's a little steep for just my husband and I, but perhaps some of you TALFers would like to join us? The guide is available in the afternoon on Saturday, 14 June. Here's the description of the walk:
A Walk to Celebrate the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Pace Winston Churchill...this may have been London's finest hour!
Their names ring down the centuries, the great and the good who fought for freedom: Wilberforce, Wedgewood, Wesley, Blake, John Newton, Cowper. And that's not to forget the lesser known who began the cause: Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, James Phillips and Oladouh Equiano.
Truly, here in the bosom of the City beat the heart of compassion, answering the slave's cry, "Am I not a man and a Brother?"
Amazing Grace indeed.
"Spots of time" (and place) don't come any more important than this one. Which is why it's important to go and see where – to go over the ground, literally and figuratively – to travel back...to bear witness.
The starting point for The Amazing Grace walk is MonumentTube.
Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit.