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
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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Monday 20th February 2017   6pm
Cobham in Kent:  Gravesham’s secret treasure (Illustrated talk) and fish and chip supper
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Milton –next – Gravesend DA12 2EE
Begins: 6pm with meal, talk to follow.
Cost: £15 includes talk and mealBooking essential via Reliance Fish Restaurant on 01474 533593.

Friday 3rd March 2017       7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gravesend Clock Tower – Historical Talk
Join local historian Christoph Bull for an illustrated talk on the history of Gravesend’s Clock Tower
and Gravesend in the late nineteenth century.
Gravesend Methodist Church, access from Wilfred Street.
FREE     Light refreshments available.    No need to book.
For more information call Kirsty Gaunt Community Involvement Officer, Gravesham Borough Council 01474 337591.

Thursday 9th March 2017     7.30pm
Gravesend and Kent in the Age of Pocahontas (illustrated talk)
At: St George’s church, Gravesend
Begins: 7/30pm
Christoph Bull covers Kent in many aspects from 1580 to the end of the Civil War.

The talk is free but bookings are via Gravesend Visitor Centre (Towncentric) on 01474 337600 or email-

This is part of the celebrations commemorating Pocahontas being laid to rest at Gravesend in March 1617.

Monday 13th March 2017
“Gravesend & Kent in the time of Pocahontas 1580-1650”

.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

Friday 17th March 2017   7.30 for 8pm
The Kaiser’s War – World War One from the other side (illustrated talk)
At: Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford
Time: 7.30pm for 8pm
Cost: £2 to visitors,  no need to book, just turn up – all welcome.        Refreshments available.
This is a public lecture organised by Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society which welcomes visitors.

Friday 24th March 2017    10am
Tour of Gravesend and meet the Virginians – a guided tour and a chance to meet visitors from Gravesham’s twin in Virginia

Guide: Christoph Bull
Meet: 10am outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend
Price: £4 per head for non-members of Gravesham Town Twinning Association – pay on the day – no need to book, just turn up.

Tuesday 18th April 2017      11am – 1pm
Launch of new coloured Guide Book to St Peter & St Paul’s church Swanscombe
At: Fire Station Café, Church Road, Swanscombe
Times: 11am - 1pmCome and meet author Christoph Bull
 and get your signed copy of the brand new guide book – fully illustrated – essential for anyone interested in Swanscombe’s past.
 The booklet cots £3.

Wednesday 19th April 2017   Begins  12 noon
The only one that got away (illustrated talk) about a unique First World War event which happened at Gravesend
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian:
At: St George’s Church, Gravesend    Cost: £3
Booking via Tourist Service 01474 337600, or, or at the Tourist Desk in Gravesend Market,
open Thursdays to Sundays from 10am.

Please note the start time is at NOON (Not 11am as was formerly the case) – and the venue is St George’s Church (Not Towncentric).

Sunday 7th May 2017      The church service is at 10am :     Tour at 2pm
Guided tour- church service-buffet lunch and book signing at Swanscombe.
At: St Peter & St Paul’s church, Swanscombe Street, Swanscombe
Buffet lunch at 11.30am for noon at Church Centre opposite the church
Enjoy a guided tour of Swanscombe’s ancient parish church, discover some of its stories and pick up the brand new guide book.
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)    
Donations for the tour welcomed and a donation for the buffet also welcome.

o need to book           Information: Christoph Bull 07702287147

 Monday 22nd May 2017    6pm
Dirty Dartford (Illustrated talk about Dartford’s rich history)
At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins 6pm for meal, talk to follow.

rice: £15 (includes fish and chip supper with hot drink and talk)
Booking essential: Reliance Restaurant on 01474 533593

Friday 9th June.   7pm

Evening circular historical guided walk from Chalk to Denton.

 Meet: 7pm opposite junction of Castle Lane and Lower Higham Road, Chalk DA12 2NR

 Guide/Leader: Christoph Bull 07702287147.
The walk is free – but donations appreciated – no need to book, just turn up!

Monday 12th June 2017         6pm
Darent valley mysteries (Illustrated talk about the Darent valley villages in Dartford Rural District )

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

Tuesday 13th June 2013   7pm
Lord Darnley’s Gravesend – guided historical tour of Gravesend – with meal afterwards at The Three Daws public house
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 7pm outside the Somerset Arms Public House, Darnley Road, Gravesend
Cost: £15 – includes a meal at The Three Daws
Booking essential via The Three Daws on 01474 566869
Discover what role the Earls of Darnley played in Gravesend and find some unexpected corners of the town.

Saturday 8th July 2017     Times: 11.30am to 3pm
Chalk Village Fete

At: St Mary Woodlands, next to Chalk Church, Church Lane, Chalk
Cost: £1 entrance for adults, children free
The fete is a traditional day out in wonderful setting next to Chalk Church with beautiful views across the marshes and Thames Estuary. There will be community stalls, dancing displays, a drama group’s productions, tours of Chalk Church Tower,
lunches, Beer Tent, BBQ and a wonderful friendly atmosphere – Chalk Villages invites you all.
Information: Heather Bull 01474 320156.

Tuesday 25th July 2017     11.30 am
Gravesend’s Victorian Dream – a guided historical walk around the Wellington Street area of Gravesend

Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 11.30am on corner of The Grove, opposite Clock Tower, Gravesend
Cost: £4 per person - pay on the day – no need to book just turn up
 to find out about what happened to Gravesend in the 1860s, how it developed
and something about early Punjabi settlers in the town, the three Gurdwaras (Sikh temples),
Milton Barracks and Zoar Chapel.

 Monday 4th September 2017    6pm
Our Thames: from Dartford to isle of Grain (illustrated talk about aspects of the river and its history)

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

 Monday 16th October 2017   6pm
A Kentishman in Transylvania – are vampires real? (illustrated talk about Romania’s wonderful if gruesome history)
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

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

Wednesday 27th December  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!

This website was updated on 15th March 2017

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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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