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Events usually take place at least once a month and are usually on a Monday. The date varies, taking into account venue availability and Bank Holidays. Our events are generally enlightening, stimulating and fun.  They provide opportunities to engage socially and in lively discussion  with like minded, open-minded thinking people. 

Details are also published on the East London Humanist Meetup site. Signing up to Meetup is free and easy and without any obligation or hassle. You will automatically received details of events when they are posted.

CHARLES BRADLAUGH GUIDED WALK
SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2024

Join us on a walk specially curated for East London Humanists by Derek Perry. It will be extra-special as we expect to be accompanied on the walk by one of Bradlaugh’s direct descendants, who helped with the research. Many thanks to both!

We will meet at Hoxton Square, opp. Rufus Street, at 12.00. The walk will take approx. 90 minutes and will end at Broadway Market, with its splendid pubs, cafes and independent shops. Sites on the way will include several associated with Bradlaugh, and with Eliza Sharples, both fascinating freethinking pioneers. A map and detailed information on places visited will be provided at the start of the walk Please see below for further details.

NUMBERS ON MEETUP WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO 15 AND PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT ON MEETUP BY NO LATER THAN 18.00 ON SAT 20 APRIL IS ESSENTIAL.

The walk is free, but any donations will be gratefully received.

The walk will only be cancelled in the event of severely inclement weather. If in doubt about cancellation phone 07801 429782

Left image: Bradlaugh, the first openly atheist MP, being arrested in Parliament in 1881 for refusing to take the religious oath then required; Right imagage: Bradlaugh in 1888 triumphantly taking his seat having successfully changed the law

Radical roots:
Charles Bradlaugh’s early years 1833 – 1850
Sunday 21 April 2024
Meet at Hoxton Square, opposite Rufus Street, at 12:00pm. The walk will take approximately
90 minutes. The walk ends in Broadway Market where there are cafes and pubs.
Nearest Tube is Old Street. Take EXIT 1 for Hoxton and Shoreditch. Walk up ramp to Old Street
and continue to Rufus Street and turn left.
Nearest Overground is Shoreditch High Street. 10 minute walk. See TfL for buses.
A map and detailed information on places visited will be provided at the start of the walk.
ITINERARY
Hoxton Square
An introduction to London in the 1830s. Walk northwards along Hoxton Street.
Bacchus Walk, off Hoxton Street
Charles Bradlaugh’s birthplace. The house no longer exists. There is a plaque commemorating his
birth on a nearby council estate. Walk eastwards via Hare Walk to Kingsland Road.
Kingsland Road Alms-houses
Erected 1715. Now Museum of the Home. Walk south and eastwards toward Columbia Market.
Birdcage Walk
Now Columbia Road. The Bradlaugh family moved to a house on this street. The Flower Market
will be open. Turn right into Wellington Row.
Jesus Green / Quilter Street
Houses built in the 1830s, typical for the time. Walk through a small park to Warner Place.
Warner Place
The Bradlaugh family moved to Warner Place, about 1840. Walk to St Peter’s Church nearby.
St Peter’s Church
Attended by Bradlaugh, where he met his nemesis. A short walk north towards Hackney Road.
Eree’s Coffee House and Temperance Hall
Corner of Warner Place and Hackney Road. Site of Eliza Sharples’ coffee house. Cross Hackney
Road and continue northwards through Haggerston Park.
Goldsmith’s Row and Grand Union Canal
Charles Bradlaugh, Coal Merchant. Continue northwards through Broadway Market. Turn left
before London Fields.
Croston Street
Believed to be formerly called George Street, where Eliza Sharples lived. Walk southwards and
turn left towards Broadway Market.
Broadway Market
Where we end our walk. Cafes and pubs.
Copyright © Derek Perry 2024. With grateful thanks to Di Ridley and Robin Bonner

GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY ELECTION ENVIRONMENTAL HUSTINGS
WANSTEAD LIBRARY WEDS 17 APRIL 1930

East London Humanists, in collaboration with Wanstead Climate Action, have invited representatives of the main parties to participate on the hustings panel. This is an important opportunity to quiz candidates standing for the Havering and Redbridge constituency in the GLA elections due to be held on 2 May.

The focus will be on environmental issues. Entry is free and open to all. Questions may be submitted in writing in advance to chaireastlondonhumanists@gmail.com. There will also be the opportunity to submit written questions on the night.

The event is free and open to all.

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ARCHIVE INSIGHTS. FREE TOUR
CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS OF ARCHIVIST
Wednesday 20 March 18.00
The Bishopsgate Institute

Explore the remarkable and unique Archive of Freethought and Humanism in person with archivist Stefan Dickers.

One of many special collections held by the Institute, it includes wide-ranging artefacts, letters, publications and images from pioneers such as Thomas Paine, Charles Bradlaugh and George Holyoake, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Ass., and much much more.

The tour has been arranged jointly by East London Humanists and LSESU Humanist students.

The event is free and open to all. However advance registration on Meetup is required.

Join us afterwards for socialising at one of the many historic pubs in the area, all a stones throw from Liverpool Street Station

Freethought Archive Insights. Free tour. E London & LSE humanist students
Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
London
EC2M 4QH