Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Baby Steps: The #London Walks Guides Share Their Baby Pics No.2

We've asked a few of our London Walks guides to share their baby pics. First up was Corinna (catch up with that post HERE). The next London Walks guide to present her baby pic is Karen…

This is me at the age of around four in the year nineteen-mumblety-mumble…

That's my dad beside me, Lt Col Terence Pierce-Goulding, although he himself never bothered much with titles and formality.

Whenever I asked him, "What did you do in the war, daddy?" (he was quite a bit older than my mother) he used to reply, "I cooked the sausages for all the other soldiers."

It wasn't until years later that I found out that he was involved in the Canadian army operation for D-Day and went on to serve on Montgomery's staff and later yet at the Nuremberg trials.

Until I was two, we lived in Grosvenor Square. Grosvenor Square is where I learned to walk. And where I learned to guide. My mother always told the tale of how I would totter through Grosvenor Square, point at this statue of Roosevelt…

… and utter the word:


The pic at the top of this post was taken in the garden of the house in which I was brought up on Meadway in Hampstead Garden Suburb. We be pass by the old place on my Hampstead Garden Suburb tour. 

Here's a short video trailer for the walk…


A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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