Christoph Bull,Guided Walks and Illustrated Talks




Landline 01474 320156
Mobile    0770 228 7147
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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,
fficial Cobham Hall House & Garden guide,
and historical advisor to Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council.

ZOOM talks as well as personal appearances.

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.

* Who’s who in Hoo – a journey through the Hoo peninsula”

* “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)

New Talks

* Charlie Gordon of Gravesend

* Some Great women of Gravesham

*Authors of Gravesham, Swanscombe & Cliffe  -  Famous & Forgotten

* Meopham Parish history from A to Z

* Northfleet Parish history from A to Z

* Dartford’s history  from A to Z

* Dickens in Gravesham

* Borley Rectory (the most haunted house in England)-Haunted or humbug?

* Ifield & Singlewell –Separated & Isolated

* Luddesdown Parish-the secrets of a remote parish

* Swanscombe Peninsula – Cement, Paper, Park &Poo!

* Swanscombe & Greenhithe’s Cultural Revolution in 1920s 1930s

* Chalk Parish’s Social Revolution 1918-1939

* Dartford & The Tudors

Gravesend the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)

Northfleet the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)

Dartford the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)

The Griffin, horse & harp – the Earls of Darnley at Cobham Hall & their Irish connection.

Myths & Legends of Gravesham & Dartford

Dartford Rural Rides: Darent valley delights

Dartford Rural Rides: West Kingsdown to Southfleet

In Preparation

*   Higham Parish history from A to Z

*   Medway Valley Adventures: From Upnor to Upper Halling

*   Local Places names and the stories behind them

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

Cobham Village. Guided Walk

Northfleet – historical tour and eye opening experience.





Sunday 21st April 2024   1pm

Greenhithe Heritage Walk         Guide: Christoph Bull

Meet: 1pm on corner of Station Road/High Street, Greenhithe

The event is free and organised by Cementfields Peoples Archive & Christoph Bull.

Come along to a walk in the past showcasing Greenhithe and its amazing stories.

Walk will last about an hour.


Saturday 27th April 2024  1pm

Guided tour of Swanscombe Church (St Peter & St Paul's)

Guide: Christoph Bull

Meet: 1pm at the church in Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe

The event is free and organised by Cementfields Peoples Archive & Christoph Bull

Astonishingly rich history and folklore-right in the heart of Swanscombe


Saturday 11th May 2024   1pm

Guided historical tour of Rosherville

Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)

Meet: 1pm outside the Elephant's Head public house, London Road/Pier Road junction, Rosherville, Northfleet

Cost: Free-this is a "Cementfields" sponsored Heritage Walk.

No need to book.

We will explore the background of the new town of Rosherville, Rosherville Gardens, Rosherville Pier and what happened to the great Victorian project for this area of Northfleet. Walk should take about an hour.


Monday 20th May 2024    6pm

The only one that got away-unique First World War story set in Gravesend and world wide-exciting escape of Gunther Plϋschow (Illustrated talk with supper)  

Speaker: Christoph Bull                Begins: 6pm for supper-talk to follow 

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend 

Cost: £22 for lively talk and award winning fish & chip supper 

Booking and pre payment essential 01474 533593 (Reliance Restaurant) or Jack  07768087036

This story is truly a unique  First World War adventure linking Germany, The Netherlands, USA, China and Kent-and this story should be as famous locally as Pocahontas or General Gordon. Come along and be amazed.

Saturday 1st June 2024   2pm

Guided tour of St Peter & St Paul's Church, Swanscombe-launch of The Friends of St Peter & St Paul's

Guide: Christoph Bull

Meet: 2pm at St Peter & St Paul's church, Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe

Donations welcomed

Information: via the Priest in Charge 01322 383160


Sunday 9th June 2024  2.30pm
Circular walk from Snodland to Paddlesworth

Meet: 2.30pm Rocfort Road Car Park, Snodland ME6 5TF

Guide: Nicholas Miskin 01474 832301

Event is free and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone

Sunday 30th June 2024 2.30pm

Historical guided walk -Stone Castle & Stone Parish

Meet: 2.30pm Stone Castle, Waterstone Way, Stone DA9 9XL

Guide: Christoph Bull 07702287147.

Free but donations welcome and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone


Sunday 21st July 2024  2.30pm

Cobham to Gold Street circular walk

Meet: 2.30pm at Cobham Church, The Street, Cobham DA12 3DB

Guide: Jenny Ellett 01474 361977

Event is free and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone


Sunday 4th August 2024    2.30pm

Higham Marshes circular walk

Meet: 2.30pm Nuralite Industrial Estate, Canal Road, Higham ME3 7JA

Guide: Liz Jeffery 07914099786

Event is free and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone

Sunday 25th August 2024  2.30pm

Shorne Parish walk

Meet: 2.30pm Swillers Lane, Shorne DA12 3ED

Guide: Nicholas Miskin 01474 832301


Monday 16th September 2024    6pm

Chalk Parish since 1945-the fight for identity –how Chalk has changed in recent history (Illustrated talk and supper)           Speaker: Christoph Bull 

Begins: 6pm for supper-talk to follow  

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend  

Cost: £22 for lively talk and award winning fish & chip supper 

Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593


Monday21st October 2024    6pm

Swanscombe Peninsula-Cement, Paper & Poo –the history of this green lung of land
(Illustrated talk with supper)
               Speaker: Christoph Bull  

Begins: 6pm for supper-talk to follow  

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend 

Cost: £22 for lively talk and award winning fish & chip supper  

Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593


 Monday 2nd December 2024    6pm

Dickens in Gravesham-how our area shaped Dickens and his world (Illustrated talk and supper) 

Speaker: Christoph Bull  

Begins: 6pm for supper-talk to follow 

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend  

Cost: £22 for lively talk and award winning fish & chip supper  

Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593
Free but donations welcome and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone


Tuesday 31st December 2024  10.30am

Winter Warmer Walk-  Guided historical circular walk of Chalk Marshes

Meet: 10.30am corner of Lower Higham Road/Castle Lane, Chalk DA12 2NR

Guide: Christoph Bull 07702287147. Donations welcome.

Free but donations welcome and part of Gravesend Historical Society’s Footpaths programme – open to everyone


This website was updated  2nd April 2024

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Take part in the consultation          It’s important!


Ebbsfleet Citizens Archive is a community-led project capturing and preserving the varied stories and histories of the people and places of Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, and Northfleet, as the area goes through a significant moment of change.

Co-created by artists, historians and residents, the dual digital and physical archive will bring local people together to explore Ebbsfleet’s unique historic and contemporary identity through objects, sounds, videos and photographs, collected by and from residents past, present and future. At the core of the project, a team of volunteer Citizen Archivists will work closely with artists, historians, and archivists to explore the people, stories and histories of the area and learn the practical and creative skills needed to create an archive for the whole community.

Intro to Archives: Sat 16 September,  Tue 19 September, Sat 30 September & 7 October

Skills Sessions: Sat 7 October, Sat 14 October, Sat 21 October, Sat 2 December 

Local History Walks: Sun 17 September, Sun 24 September, Sun 1 October, Sun 15 October

Ebbsfleet Handbook Workshops with Lu Williams: Sat 23 September,  Thu 2 November, Sat 18 November


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Dear Christoph,  It was really lovely to see you again last Tuesday. Thank you so much for the entertaining and historical tour of Cobham.   It is lovely to stop for an hour or so and just listen and look at slides of the fascinating and rich tapestry of history of one of Kent’s beautiful little villages.  You are an absolute fount of information. We all really enjoyed your presentation and the bonus is everyone is able to hear you!   Hope to see you next year!       Kind regards    Gwen

Dear Christoph    Thank you very much indeed for your wonderful talk this evening.
It was obvious that the Brownies enjoyed the evening. Thank you for your patience answering all their questions and for taking an interest in what they had to tell you.
I learn something new every time I hear you speak.   Please thank those at the Civic Centre that gave up their time for us and His Worship for giving the Brownies the crisps.  
Best wishes     
Lynne for 11th Milton (Christ Church) Brownies

Dear Christoph,    A huge thank you for helping me organise the trip by our U3A group to Cobham Hall.  The feedback I have received is nothing but complimentary and everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon.  Please also pass on our thanks to the other two guides and to you for your time and your really informative and entertaining presentations. With all best wishes - I will be in touch at a later date regarding further trips. Isle of Sheppey U3A, July 2023

Just wanted to say a huge thanks for this morning’s talk at Hope Pop In. We really enjoyed both the content and your entertaining style.  I’ve had so much positive feedback that I think I’ll have to be in touch soon to have you back!!  Hope Church, Orpington April 2023

Many thanks again for all your help and professionalism. The members were very impressed with your talk, as was I. High Halstow Parish Council April 2023.

Just a quick note to say how very much we appreciated your highly entertaining presentation yesterday.   You truly brought Dickens to life and it would be very interesting to visit some of
the places mentioned at some point.
   Hope we can call on you again in the not too distant future. Bidborough Ladies March 2023.

Many thanks for your fascinating and entertaining talk last week to Tunbridge Wells u3a about Kent public libraries. I had no idea how haphazard and precarious their introductions were! March 2023

Thank you so much for your very informative and amusing talk yesterday on the subject of Dickens in Kent. It was, as with your previous talk, well received and had some of our members hysterical with laughter. The feedback I got was all very complimentary. Feb 2023-Isle of Sheppey U3A.

Thank you so much for your, as always, entertaining and informative presentation on "Our Thames - Dartford to Grain" yesterday. A wonderful selection of illustrations too shows time and care you spend putting your presentations together. Hoping you had a good journey home. Kind regards and many thanks   Christina Tyler Programme organiser on behalf of our commitee and members. November 2022

Thank you so much Christoph for helping our event be so successful again.  As always we have received so much great feedback of how enjoyable and insightful attendees found your tour.
We look forward to working with you again soon and your idea of including a historic property we may be marketing is a brilliant one and hopefully one we can incorporate in our next event with you.       Many thanks again for all your help. 
Sealey’s Estates Gravesend September 2022

Dear Christoph,      It was lovely to meet you again after so long.
Thank you so much for coming to talk to us on Saturday.  You must have realised how much everyone enjoyed your presentation from the applause; I certainly did and other members have contacted me since to say that they have been inspired to stop and explore the villages which they usually just drive past.  Perhaps next year you can give us Part Two of your Rural Rides , if I can guarantee a more prompt start for you.
Christine of NW Kent Family History Society, Dartford. July 2022.

Hi Christoph,   Thank you for the talk on Thursday evening.  It was very well received by a much larger audience than we have been getting recently.  You both educated and entertained us in your usual unique style and we learned lots of new facts about Dartford.  I don’t know how you managed A to Z, you certainly used your lockdown time well!  Also, thanks for helping us out and standing in at the last minute, it was much appreciated.   Best wishes,    David,   SLHG Secretary.

Dear Christoph,   Thank you so much for your talk “Gravesend the day before yesterday” which you gave to the group last Thursday.  It was very well received and as usual you both entertained and educated us in equal measure.  I was at school in Gravesend in the 1950s and can recall something of what it was like then.  As your talk demonstrated many of the changes have not been for the better!  Anyway, thank you once again for an enjoyable and provocative evening, and as Secretary I hope we can rely on you to return with another talk next year. David Johnson Shorne Local History Group. November 2021

Dear Christoph,    Once again, it is my pleasure on behalf of the members and committee  of SouthAra to thank you for your talk at last Thursday meeting (On Libraries in Kent). Your presentation was not only interesting in its content, but as always was delivered with enthusiasm and humour which made an enjoyable afternoon for all present. Geoff Till,
SouthAra (Southfleet Active Retirement Association) November 2021

I think that your reputation as a speaker proceeded you and I’m sure that helped us to get our largest audience to date. I’ve also heard members saying how much they enjoyed your talk with your enthusiastic, humorous delivery and of course that array of different voices/accents!Gravesend & Northfleet U3A.via Zoom, March 2021

 Dear Christoph   I have been meaning to write and thank you for your talk on 14 December 2020 and apologise for being so late in fulfilling the intention. It was very informative and entertaining. In the circumstances, you went above and beyond.  
(Miriam from Dorking Local History Society referring to a Zoom talk)

We certainly have enjoyed all the talks we have heard and the guided walks around Gravesend, there is always something new to learn about the area and we particularly like the way you mix facts with humour.  Excellent evenings.
Mrs E Norris, Cobham, May 2020.

Dear Christoph,  Thank you for coming to share with us at The Friendship Club a couple of weeks ago.  We thoroughly enjoyed your visit to our group. My colleague, Penny, delivered a quiz based on your talk last week which they enjoyed.  Dartford YMCA Jan 2020

Thank you very for last night's presentation. Again, a fascinating and enthusiastic talk that
(I'm sure you could tell) was very much enjoyed by the gathered mob. 
Mike – Oddfellows West Kent-Otford. January 2020

"Thanking you for the wonderful talk on Pocahontas which the members thoroughly enjoyed”.  Rainham Historical Society, Dec 2019

“Thank you for visiting us on 27th November 2019 to talk about Gravesend & important buildings. Thank you for your time in answering all of our questions and we hope you will come back in the near future”.       Ifield School 6th Form students, North Kent College, Chalk, Dec 2019.

Thanks and Frohe Weihnachten – Craciun Fericit – Happy Christmas.

"Soon we arrived in Gravesend to be met by Christoph Bull, our guide. His knowledge is astounding, and he gave us a comprehensive background to the various sites we visited, all without notes, and corrected any misconceptions we had on the origin of the name Gravesend."
Alison Cresswell, Paddock Wood U3A August 2019.

"Thank you so much for your brilliant talk last evening (on Stone the shrinking parish), you brought back so many memories for me, some I have to admit I’d forgotten about!! "
 Barbara Cannell, Hextable Heritage Association. June 2019

"Thank you so much Christoph for another enjoyable and informative presentation  and your jokes too!  So sorry the microphone was playing up .......just as well you do not need it!!   We  always know we can rely on you to make our meetings go well   Many thanks  Christina" 
On behalf of our committee and members.
     Swanley Local History Group,    May 2019 

We've had some lovely feedback about your talk. Our ladies found it very interesting.
We'll definitely be in touch again.
Hoo WI, January 2019

“Christoph Bull gave an excellent, highly amusing, well-illustrated and well-prepared talk on ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, to a packed meeting of members of the Tonbridge Civic Society, on Tuesday 16th October 2018. Many members later said how much they had enjoyed the talk.”
Peter Charlton    Vice-Chairman, Tonbridge Civic Society

“Another interesting and informative evening delivered with the usual enthusiasm and humour that always accompany these talks”.    Paul Gay, Sept 2018 commenting on a talk about Northfleet.

We hired Christoph’s services for the evening, to present and give a guided tour around Gravesend’s historic town centre.  Being a locally renowned estate agents, it provided a different approach to our community and charity activities.  60 or so guests booked into the walk and it proved to be extremely successful.  Christoph’s grasp of local history is second to none.  It gave both clients and staff a real insight into the history that lies about us that often we dismiss on a daily basis.  Christoph is funny, authoritative and very engaging.  For a taster I would recommend that anyone joins his walking tours and talks and in the future – because of the fantastic feedback we got from the event we ran – we will be holding further history walks in the future under Christoph’s excellent leadership.

Michael Alan Sears, Managing Director, Sealeys Estate Agents Ltd

On behalf of our committee and members,  thank you so much for your absorbing presentation, so  entertainingly delivered, last Tuesday evening.  There certainly was something for everyone  and I  personally want to go out and explore some of the places you mentioned - some very close to Swanley but not really widely known. Our great attendance was I am sure because of your fame as an excellent  speaker! (Swanley History Group, March 2018)

On behalf of the committee and members of  SouthAra, I wish to express our thanks to you  for yet another excellent presentation at yesterday meeting. As always, your talk contained  interesting and in many cases not so obvious  factual information on the principle Churches in and around the area we live; all of which was relayed with a sprinkling of humour  for the enjoyment of the audience.       Geoff Till, Feb 2018

“We all really enjoyed your very spirited and informative Gravesend lecture”. 
Biddenden Local History Society, Feb 2018.

Talk Title: Our Thames: Dartford to the Grain     Saturday, 6 January 2018   Thank you for a thoroughly good talk enjoyed by all our members.  So much information brought to life the Thames side locally, and with your good humour!   We are looking forward to your next talk. Personally I have a much loved copy of "Liquid History - The Thames Through Time" by Stephen Croad so I enjoyed your talk even more.   Thank you once again for a very entertaining talk.    Best wishes   
North West Kent Family History Society     Dartford Branch Programme Secretary

Hello Christoph   
Glad to meet you all but briefly yesterday, The feedback from the members was very good , regarding both the enjoyment of your delivery and content matter on Gravesend & its clock tower.
It is fascinating to learn about the former lives of places and buildings that barely catch our attention now in familiar streets.  However  we can start to look more closely and wonder about the social and historical periods that they have been part of.  We can certainly recommend you to others, and look forward to the next time we see you.  
Kind regards  Rosie Griggs   Lanbara Speaker Diary Sec.  November 2017

Hi Christoph - As I mentioned to you at the time, I got some very good comments from members as they left, and I hope you enjoyed talking to George and Margaret (our Africa correspondents) afterwards as much as they enjoyed chatting to you.  Thank you again for an entertaining and informative evening on the amusing stories from Kent’s public libraries.   Kind regards  Mike Hyde, programme organiser of Oddfellows, Tunbridge Wells District.     9 November 2017.

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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