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
Armchair guide to Chalk Parish
Armchair guide to Swanscombe
Armchair guide to Shorne
Northfleet's Secret History
The forgotten parish Denton, near Gravesend.

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

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
The soul of Gravesham-ancient parishes of Gravesham.
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
Armchair guide to Cobham Parish-Gravesham’s gem
Stone near Dartford – the tale of the incredible shrinking parish.

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

A new talk and walk
, in preparation, not illustrated  “Grim Gravesend – a guided walk or an illustrated talk about the sad, mad and bad of the town- tales of poverty disease and crime.
This should be completed soon and will be both a talk (not illustrated) and a walk as well. Its debut will be in June at the  Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
“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)


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
in preparation

Northfleet – historical tour and eye opening experience.

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Events 2016

Sunday 17th July 2016       2.30pm
Circular walk from Allhallows to Yantlet Creek.

 Meet: 2.30pm outside entrance to Haven Holiday Park, Allhallows.
Leader: Nicholas Miskin 01474 832301. Gravesend Historical Society walk – free, no need to book.

Monday 25th July 2016   11.30am
Gravesend’s Victorian Dream – a guided historical tour of the Wellington Street area of Gravesend
Meet: 11.30am on the corner of The Grove, opposite Clock Tower
Cost: £4 per person – no need to book.  Optional lunch at Reliance Restaurant, Queen Street.
Come and discover Gravesend’s Victorian growth and social changes in this lesser known part of the town.

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Dock to Clock guided tour: come and discover the story behind two of Gravesend’s great Victorian buildings:
The County Court and the Clock Tower
Meet: 2pm outside the former County Court (now The Grand Healthy Living Centre in King Street)
Guide: Christoph Bull          No need to book – just turn up.

Saturday 13th August 2016
Pocahontas Tour – guided walk commemorating 400 years since Pocahontas’s death in Gravesend.
Guide: Christoph Bull
Meet: 2.30pm at Towncentric, near St Georges’ Church, Gravesend
Discover something about Pocahontas’s life, death and the Gravesend she experienced.
Cost £4 each and need to be booked via Towncentric on 01474 337600

Saturday 10th September 2015     11am
Dock to Clock tour
 Explore Gravesend’s townscape between two Victorian masterpieces: The County Court and the Clock Tower.
Meet: 11am outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street
Cost: Free – no need to book ,just turn up.
Discover the plans to restore both the Clock Tower and the former County Court
(now The Grand Healthy Living Centre) in King Street.
Information: The Grand 01474 320123.

Sunday 11th     September  2016 – 2.30pm
Guided historical circular walk- Cliffe to Cooling – Donations welcome.
Meet: outside St Helen’s Church, Cliffe.
Guided walk – Gravesend Historical Society
Free – donations welcome
Christoph Bull 07702287147
Anyone who likes to walk, is interested in local history and likes to meet people.
Sensible foot wear needed.
Discover local landscapes, enjoy moderate exercise

Uneven surfaces, muddy surfaces, stiles, crossing roads occasionally.
H&S announcement made at beginning, mobile phone available in case of emergencices.

 Monday 12th September 2016
Gravesham Round and About – the ancient parishes of Gravesham explored (illustrated talk)
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

Saturday 17th September 2016
Pocahontas Tour – guided walk commemorating 400 years since Pocahontas’s death in Gravesend.

Guide: Christoph Bull
Meet: 2.30pm at Towncentric, near St Georges’ Church, Gravesend
 Discover something about Pocahontas’s life, death and the Gravesend she experienced.

Cost £4 each and need to be booked via Towncentric on 01474 337600

Saturday 24th September 2016       begins 11am
Northfleet’s Secret History (Illustrated talk)
Speaker: Christoph Bull
At: Towncentric Tourist Information, Gravesend (opposite St George’s Church)
Booking essential on 01474 337600           Cost = £4.

 Monday 26th September 2016   7pm
Historical guided tour of Gravesend’s Heritage Quarter with supper

At: Three Daws public house, Gravesend
Meet: 7pm outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street
Price: £15 includes meal, tour of town and short tour of this ancient riverside inn.
Booking essential – Three Daws 01474 566869

 Thursday 29th September 2016     at 7pm
The only one that got away – remarkable and unique adventure story from World War One
 involving Gravesend & Germany.

Speaker: Christoph Bull
Venue: St Botolph’s church, Northfleet
Estuary Festival.
Booking needed  cost £4

Book – Routestock on 07718 241787 –

Friday 30th September 2016    11am
Dock to Clock tour-Discover the Victorian architectural delights of Gravesend.

Meet: 11am outside County Court building (now The Grand), King Street
Guide: Christoph Bull
Cost – Free, no need to book just turn up.

Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 2.30pm

Guided tour of Northfleet – Christoph Bull (Local Historian) is the guide.

Meet: outside St Botolph’s lych gate, The Hill, Northfleet

Guided walk around Northfleet, cost £4 per person.
No need to book, just turn up.    Christoph Bull 07702287147
Northfleet’s great story explained with chance to understand how the town has grown, changed and developed.

 9th October 2016    2.30pm
Circular walk from Sole Street to Nash Street and Cobham
Meet: 2.30pm outside Sole Street Post Office
Leader: James Elford 07939 300831Cost: Free – no need to book just turn up.
Sensible footwear will be needed.
Gravesend Historical Society event.

Friday 14th October 2016   6.30pm
Grim Gravesend – illustrated talk and evening meal
Meet: 6.30pm  at The Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend
Cost: £20 includes the talk, a meal and coffee/tea
Booking essential – The Royal Clarendon 01474 362221

Monday 31st October 2016          Begins: 11.30am
Grim Gravesend (illustrated talk) and two course lunch

Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
At: Riva Restaurant, on the Town Pier, Gravesend
Booking essential – Cost = £15 includes two course meal, and the talk.
Book via Riva Restaurant on 01474 362765

Monday 31st October 2016    6.30pm
Dock to Clock Halloween Guided tour with supper & some local ghost stories.

Meet: 6.30pm opposite Clock Tower in Berkeley Crescent (Western side)
– finishing in the former County Court (The Grand), King Street.
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Booking essential: Two or three course supper available – choice to be made when booking.
Cost : £5 for two courses, £7.50 for three courses.

Choice and booking via or telephone 01474 337591
– or telephone The Grand on 01474 320123.

Monday 14th November 2016 – 7pm

Chalk Parish’s secret history (illustrated talk) with jacket potatoes at the Chalk Village Tea Room.
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)

Meet: Chalk Village Tea Room, Lower Higham Road, Chalk
Cost: £10 per person including talk and refreshments afterwards.
Chalk Village Tea Room will be selling tickets – booking essential on 07948794437
For anyone interested in local history and meeting other people will
enjoy Chalk’s story and then relax with a cup of tea at the Chalk Village Tea Room.

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

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!

This website was updated on 27th August 2016

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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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