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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Events 2016

 Monday 5th December 2016   6pm
Chalk Parish Folklore – things that go bump in the parish’s myths and legends
At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm with meal, talk to follow
Price: £14 – includes meal and then talk
Booking essential – Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593

Thursday 8th December 2016
Grim Gravesend Tour with refreshments

Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: On Community Square, outside Gravesham Borough Council Civic Centre
At: 6.30pm
Ending with Tea & Cake at Marie’s Tea Room, High Street, Gravesend
Cost: £4 per head
Booking essential via Emma Williams –
Discover the less than pleasant Christmasses (and lives) spent in the hidden areas of Gravesend’s past

Wednesday 14th December 2016
The market & Milton Backside Tour with festive refreshments
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: Outside Gravesend Market by Old Town Hall entrance, off High Street
At: 11.30am
Cost: £4 per head
Booking essential via Emma Williams –
Come and see the newly refurbished market and hear the stories about the centre of Gravesend –
 and discover what “Milton Backside” actually is. Seasonal refreshments come as part of the tour.


Wednesday 21st December 2016
Gravesend Christmases Past Tour with refreshments

Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: Outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street
At: 6.30pm
Ending with Tea & Cake at Marie’s Tea Room, High Street, Gravesend
Cost: £4 per head
Booking essential via Emma Williams –
Gravesend’s story at Christmas times in previous decades – explore the Christmas experience at twilight in the town

Tuesday 27th December 2016 – 10am
Guided Historical walk- Swanscombe Marshes and Northfleet border (Winter Warmer Walk)
Meet: outside George & Dragon, Galley Hill
Guided walk – Gravesend Historical Society -  
a circular walk over Swanscombe’s marshes discovering its history.
      Free – donations welcome
Christoph Bull   07702287147
No need to book, just turn up to blow away your Christmas cobwebs!


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.

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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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