Christoph Bull,Guided Walks and Illustrated Talks


 

   
Historian
Speaker
Guide
  

    

Landline 01474 320156
Mobile    0770 228 7147

christoph.bull@talktalk.net
        

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Christoph Bull is a tour guide and Speaker who has entertained many local groups with his illustrated talks and walks.
He is also Municipal Mace Bearer for Gravesham Borough Council
and historical advisor to Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council

Talks & Walks          by Christoph Bull, BA (Hons), MCLIP, ALA

Illustrated Talks
* Chalk Parish- Marshes, midges and medicine
* Amazing Swanscombe
* Shorne Parish - saints, sinners & scenery.
* Northfleet's Secret History
* The forgotten parish Denton, near Gravesend.

* Folklore of Chalk Parish: things that go bump in the parish

* Neum
ünster - Gravesham's twin town in Germany: historical twins
* A Kentishman in Transylvania (about Romania)

* "The good, the bad & the ugly":The amusing story of Kentish public      libraries
                                     
* Gravesend: Gateway to the Thames
* Dirty Dartford…
* Dickens in Kent
* Gravesham Round & About - a virtual historical tour.
* From Grot to Great: Gravesend Library’s transformation
* Our Thames from Dartford to Grain
* Some Real Kentish Ghost stories (not illustrated)
* Pocahontas – the non-Disney story
* The Kaiser’s War?? – a different perspective on the First World War
* Cobham Parish - A Kentish Gem.
* Stone near Dartford – the tale of the incredible shrinking parish.

* Greenhithe to Grayhithe and back again  (a talk about Greenhithe’s history)
* Amazing Swanscombe, Greenhithe and Neumünster – Kent and Germany during World War One

* Grim Gravesend – a guided walk or an illustrated talk about the sad, mad and bad of the town- tales of poverty disease and crime.

* “The only one that got away”the story of a German POW escape from Kent in 1915 and the amazing adventure which took him from China via America to Gravesend.
*
Some Gravesham Characters – well known and unknown people who have shaped the borough’s story (illustrated talk)

Illustrated Talks
.   In preparation:
* Dartford Rural Rides - Discover the Darent Valley's delightful villages.
* Dartford Rural Rides-Discover the mysterious down-land communities.       
* Into the Hoo Peninsula & its secrets.


        
 

 

Guided Walks
Chalk Village

Chalk Parish Footpaths
Chalk Church
(  including the tower)

St. Helen’s Church, Cliffe
S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Swanscombe
Dartford Central Library (Historical tour of the
magnificent Carnegie building inside & out)

Gravesend Central Library (Historical tour)
Gravesend town centre: walking the historical
spine of a Kentish riverside town

Swanley town: a blooming Kentish railway town.
Guided walk of East Chalk & the churchyard

 Swanscombe Town: Kentish industrial revolution revealed
Shorne Village
Greenhithe village
Delightful Dartford – from the workhouse to the grave.
Gravesend – riverside guided tour
Gravesend Old Town Hall
Gravesend County Court and King Street.
School Trips around NW Kent parishes and towns –
contact me on 01474 320156 – e.g. Victorian Gravesend, Industrial Revolution in Swanscombe or Dartford etc.
Grim Gravesend – disease, poverty, crime and marine disasters in old Gravesend
.

Northfleet – historical tour and eye opening experience.

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 2017

 Monday 16th October 2017   6pm
Something for Halloween Month – A Kentish man in Transylvania

Do vampires exist  ?          illustrated talk)
On: Monday 16th October 2017
Speaker: Christoph Bull
At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for meal and talk to follow
Price: £15 – includes fish supper and illustrated talk
Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593

This talk is unique bringing together the legends, films and real historical evidence of vampires with an opportunity for Christoph Bull to share his experiences in Romania and its beauty as the background to this subject. Discover how our area of Kent had a direct influence on Romania’s borders in 1918.


Thursday 19th October 2017         7.30pm
Shorne Parish-saints, sinners and scenery (Illustrated talk)
Speaker: Christoph Bull
At: Shorne Village Hall, The Street, Shorne
Begins: 7.30pm
Small entrance fee for non-members of Shorne Local History Group
This talk is a virtual tour throughout Shorne Parish
 opening its treasures and folklore for residents and visitors alike.

 

Wednesday 25th October 2017     at 11am
& Sunday 29th October 2017      at 2.30pm

Mayors, Markets & Mayhem            Guide: Christoph Bull

Meet at the columns outside Gravesend Old Town Hall,
High Street, Gravesend  DA11 0AZ for both tours.
Cost is free – but booking essential via
info@visitgravesend.co.uk or on 01474 337600.
Refreshments will be available to purchase at the Market afterwards.

 

Monday 30th October 2017   7.30pm
Secret history of Northfleet – illustrated talk
S
peaker: Christoph Bull
At: Coldharbour Library, Coldharbour Road, Northfleet
Begins: 7.30pm
Cost: £4 includes light refreshments.
Booking preferred by calling into Coldharbour Library
or by emailing
max.fisher@kent.gov.uk

Monday 13th November 2017  7pm
Gravesham Round and About (Illustrated talk about Gravesham’s ancient parishes)
with supper
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
At: Three Daws public house, Town Pier Square, Gravesend
Cost: £15 which includes an evening meal, tour of the Three Daws and the illustrated talk which uncovers the hidden history of the places that make up Gravesham.
Begins 7pm
Booking essential – Three Daws 01474 566869.

 

Monday 4th December 2017   6pm
Myths, legends & folklore of Gravesham and Dartford (illustrated talk on odd stories from our area of Kent)
At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins 6pm for meal, talk to follow.
Price: £15 (includes fish and chip supper with hot drink and talk)
Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant on 01474 533593

 

Christoph Bull's Christmas Tours
7th December 2017  7pm
Grim Gravesend
Begins outside the Civic Centre 7pm       and finishes at Marie's Tea Room

 

14th December 2017 7pm
Mayors, Markets and Mayhem
Meet at the Heritage quarter Gate at the top of the High St
Finishes at Forget-Me-Not Vintage & Crafts

£7.50 each inclusive of Crimbo refreshments

to book contact manager@maries tearoom.co.uk   / fmnvintage@hotmail.com
or book at the shop

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Wednesday 27th December  2017      10.30
  “Winter Warmer Walk”
Guided historical circular walk from Cliffe to Cooling

Meet: 10.30am The Buttway, St Helen’s church, Cliffe ME3 7PY
Guide/Leader: Christoph Bull 07702287147.
The walk is free – but donations appreciated – no need to book, just turn up!

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Comments

We so much appreciated your coming to talk to us today. All you had to say about the Kaiser's War was fascinating and it sounded as though it was a subject close to your heart [and your family] Comments from some of the audience afterwards showed that it caused many of us to think about the War from a different angle which I am sure is what you were hoping for.   
Thank you once again. Regards. Julia Hawkins Wed, 8 Mar 2017    Subject: Talk to Medway U3A

Dear Christoph,    Thank you for coming to talk to Leytara on’ Dirty Dartford’ last week, everyone I have spoken to  said how much they had enjoyed the subject and the way it was delivered.    I  have had several requests for an encore.         November 2015

"We so much enjoyed your talk about Pocahontas. As I am sure you realised we found it entertaining and thought-provoking especially as it exploded so many of the myths that have grown up around her. Thank you very much for coming and I hope that some of us will be making our way to Gravesend to join one of your tours.  Medway U3A  Sept 2015

"Hi Christoph, thank you so much for the talk you gave yesterday. It was really interesting and entertaining. Our audience really seemed to enjoy it and everyone that I have spoken to was very complimentary".     Dartford U3a, June 2015

 "Hi Christoph     I am sorry I should have been in touch before.  I would like to thank you for your presentation that although we rushed, you came over in a very professional way on the 31st  March 2015.  We had a committee meeting yesterday and went through the feedback sheets.  Everyone had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation".     Dot Marshall Gravesham 50+ Forum

“I am writing to thank you for a most interesting and informative talk at Loose last evening when many of us would have learned things we never knew before (about Germany in World War One). Your research is obviously extensive and your enthusiasm for the subject was clearly evident.”         David Priestley, Chairman of Loose Area History Society Nov 2014. 

"Thank you for a wonderful presentation today, thoroughly enjoyed it.  Can’t wait for the next one".    Gravesham 50Plus Forum. 

"Thank you so much for coming along to our AGM and doing your history presentation on Northfleet. You were brilliant with loads of great feedback from the audience".    Council for Voluntary Services – North West Kent. 

"Many thanks for a great tour of Gravesend. The children and us adults enjoyed it very much, and everyone liked you very much".  
BH Education, Harmer Street, Gravesend.

Hi Chris. Just been to Strood Library to hear you give your talk on libraries. We both thought you presented your subject with superb wit and knowledge. You made the afternoon so interesting and we would like to be made aware of any future talks on any different subjects that you may offer. Thank you and hope to see you at Chalk Church sometime .  Roy and Margaret Davis. 

Hi Chris, Thanks for your excellent talk at Strood last Saturday. It was very well received, and about as entertaining as the best comedian in the land!      Norma Crowe, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Strood.

Had a brilliant morning with Sue’s English group and Derek and Lisa Baldwin and Andrea Dodd at the Mayor's parlour . Thanks to mayor and mayoress Derek and Pam Sales for tea and description of duties of the job.  Extra special thanks to the entertaining and excellent Mace carrier Christoph Bull he made all the history fun to listen to.          Eileen Baldwin, Gravesend        

 

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