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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Wednesday 18th July 11am – 2pm
Traditional English and World Cuisine
A flavour of Gravesend’s diverse communities and tastes through its food and people.
This guided tour with local historian Christoph Bull, will take you through Gravesend’s historic streets and market encountering traditional English fayre and world cuisine along the way. There will be opportunities to taste and purchase and for the finale we will all eat together on Gravesend Promenade.
Registration: 10.45 a.m                  Walk starts: 11.00 a.m
Meet: Town Pier, West Street, Gravesend DA11 0BG
Walk ends: 1.00 p.m. Town Pier
Picnic on Gravesend Promenade: 1.00 – 2.00 p.m.  Duration: 3 hours    Distance: Approx 2.5 miles
Grading: Easy           Walk Leader: Christoph Bull
All Thurrock 100 walks are free to join.

 Saturday 21st July 2018

Gravesend Riverside-Famous & Obscure (guided historical walk) – if weather is fine

Or: Our Thames from Dartford to Grain (illustrated talk) – if weather is wet

Speaker and guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 11.30am at St Andrews Arts Centre, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend
Tour or talk will be free – no need to book, just turn up.
Refreshments available for sale.      Gravesham Arts Council event

Wednesday 25th July 2018   11.30am

Gravesend’s  Victorian Dream: how Gravesend changed direction in the nineteenth century (Guided historical tour)
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 11.30am opposite Clock Tower on corner of The Grove
Cost: £4 per person – no need to book, just turn up.
Includes visit to Zoar Chapel.

 Friday 3rd August 2018   6pm
Guided walk of historical Gravesend-amazing people, events and stories of this
 riverside treasure.
            Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 6pm at Sealey’s Estate Agents, 184 Parrock Street, Gravesend DA12  1EN

Cost: Free – but booking required for refreshments afterwards at Sealey’s

Book via Catherine at Sealey’s (01474) 878405 / Switchboard:  (01474) 369368
     or by calling into Sealeys at the above address

Saturday 4th August 2018  12.30pm
  Gravesham characters- some river folk and land lovers (illustrated talk)
 and ploughman’s lunch
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 12.30pm at Gravesend Borough Charter Market at Queen Street end
Cost: £9.50 for both talk and lunch

Booking required via Gravesham Tourist Information – 01474 337600 or or by visiting the Tourism Stall Thursdays to Sundays

Gravesend Waterfront Weekend event.

Thursday 6th September 2018
Begins: 6.45pm for 7pm
Northcourt School, Denton 1938-2018- an evening of memories & history
Come and enjoy an evening with a guided tour of the school, fish & chips supper and more – meet former staff and pupils
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian, former pupil and governor at Northcourt),
Mayor of Gravesham (Councillor David Hurley) to rededicate the building

At: Northcourt School (now Riverside Community Centre) off Dickens Road, Denton

Booking required for catering purposes on 01474 352199
Cost: £2 per person (includes supper and guided tour) – tickets must be paid for at the Riverside Centre (Northcourt) in advance.

Information: David Evans 01474 352199 or Christoph Bull 07702287147

Monday 10th September 2018: 6 p.m.
Our Thames - a journey from Dartford to the Isle of Grain: a talk about one of
the world’s great rivers – repeated due to public demand.

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for a fish and chip supper , talk to follow
Cost: £15 – includes both the meal and the talk.
Booking Essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593

 Sunday 16th September 2018   2.30pm
Guided historical walk over Swanscombe Marshes – find out about Swanscombe and Northfleet’s industrial heritage and the Civil War

Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 2.30pm outside George & Dragon public house, Galley Hill, Swanscombe

Free – donations welcomed           No need to book-just turn up
Gravesend Historical Society Footpaths event.
Sensible footwear will be needed – walk lasts about 2 hours.


Monday 15th October 20186p.m.
Amazing Swanscombe: puritans, pollution & politics Come and find out the
 astonishing history of this small town which we all think we know.

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for a fish and chip supper , talk to follow
Cost: £15 – includes both the meal and the talk.
Booking Essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593

Monday 26th November 2018:
The centenary of World War One-discover the Kaiser’s real War-
a talk designed to break some of the clichés

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for a fish and chip supper, talk to follow
Cost: £15 – includes both the meal and the talk.
Booking Essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593

Monday 3rd December 20186 p.m.
Grim Gravesend: how the other half lived at Christmas

At: Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for a fish and chip supper , talk to follow
Cost: £15 – includes both the meal and the talk.
Booking Essential: Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593


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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   
Raymer   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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