Village Life

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My home town

An email came in yesterday, reminding me of April’s A to Z blogging challenge. You write a post a day (except Sundays) in April, each day using the next letter of the alphabet as the prompt. They can be themed or random as long as each day you use the correct letter.

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Lots of twee signage – a sure ‘sign’ of a village

As I set off today, a beautifully crisp London day, I had a ponder. Maybe I should take my city as my theme? And if I did then my home town –ย Dulwich – would be D.

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Dulwich, pronounced Dullitch and not like a boring sorceress, isn’t a town butย a village.

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Yeah, right. It’s part of the urban sprawl of one of the world’s biggest cities so a village? Really?

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and there are lots of walks around here…


Let’s explore that contention.

We have fabulous buildings.

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The Old College, home to some grace and favour apartments and the College church; the Armistice day Parade on November 11th congregates around the memorial in the left of the picture

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Bel Air house, in Bel Air park and now a rather grand restaurant; dog enjoys marking the front steps

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Dulwich College, school to the likes of PG Woodhouse and Raymond Chandler

Open green spaces.

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the gardens of the art gallery, this


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the lake in Dulwich Park

Ponds and areas of water

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the lake in Bel Air Park

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Historic schools.

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Dulwich College is one of three foundation schools, all set up by the charitable trust funded by one of Shakespeare’s era actor Managers, Edward Alleyn

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Funded by… I was cut off in that video; suffice it to say it was funded by a Russian Oligarch who owns a London Football Club, a somewhat different character to the original funder of the College – or maybe not. Who knows?

A toll road, the only one left in London.

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cute hut but the toll fee is excessive if you ask me

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these would be acceptable if they remained the fees – a pound a pop is the price these days

One consequence of a toll road locally is the danger of relying on a satnav. The Lawyer, after he passed his driving test, tended to use his satnav to find his way around even areas close to home. But he didn’t want to be taken via the toll road so set it to avoid routes that had tolls. Which was fine until he and a friend drove to Cardiff. Rather than follow the bloody great sign on the M4 saying ‘Wales, Cardiff and the West’ and crossing the Severn Bride, they followed the satnav that sent them 50 plus miles and 2 hours out of their way via Gloucester.

Where were we? Oh yes, the criteria for a village…

A golf club that sits beneath the last remaining element of the Great North Wood that covered an area of some miles around here some hundreds of years ago.

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you can see the playing fields of the Prep school with the woods in the distance behind.

I’m with Mark Twain about golf

Golf is a good walk spoiled

A bowling club with some quality street art.

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Stik’ work, on the side of the bowl’s club, is well known in London

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While Thierry Noir came to fame painting the Berlin Wall before it came down

A tennis and croquet club.

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No more my sport than golf

A quaintly beautiful High Street

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the drinking fountain is rather isolated these days; built in 1874 it celebrates some local MP

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This is the original school from the seventeenth century

With six million pound houses.

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Rumour had it that Nicole Kidman and Tom Crius, then they were together planned to move here; I’m sort of glad they didn’t

And the Oldest Public Picture Gallery in the world.

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Is that enough?

It is for me.


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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39 Responses to Village Life

  1. Ritu says:

    Wonderful commentary and pics Geoffles!

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  2. Helen Jones says:

    Looks lovely, Geoff – and I like the idea of that blog challenge. Think it would take some planning though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. blondeusk says:

    I feel like I know it so well now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. jan says:

    A walk wouldn’t be a walk without a dog – absolutely!

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  5. Judy Martin says:

    Dulwich looks a very pretty place to live, you even have tasteful street art. Thanks for the lovely walk Geoff, I enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Love Dulwich after all din’t our youngest son and his wife start married life there!

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  7. Sacha Black says:

    wow, its genuinely beautiful. I am a little shocked how green it is – given its London! Also had to snigger – your commentator voice came out! – remember that commentary thing you did at the cricket!! proper reminded me of that. Are you impressed I remembered? my memory is so shit!

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  8. A lovely walking tour. Charming village you have there. โ˜บ


  9. noelleg44 says:

    A fantastic tour! What have you saved for A-Z???


  10. When I worked in Southwark’s Tooley Street in the early 1970s, I was amazed that Dulwich could be in the same Borough

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  11. rogershipp says:

    A lovely place to live!

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  12. Elissaveta says:

    Dulwich looks beautiful, Geoff! Very similar to where I live now which is Greenwich. Lots of parks and green areas. Looks peaceful too.
    I think I’m tempted to do the A to Z challenge this April. Sounds challenging!!

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    • TanGental says:

      I did it last year, and chose places I knew, cheating a little with ‘X’. It doesn’t have to be complex or anything and it is a good way to find other blogs and be found.


  13. merrildsmith says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the tour.

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  14. Mick Canning says:

    It doesn’t look too bad for London, Geoff!


  15. I look forward to visiting it in June ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. restlessjo says:

    I love the little toll booth, Geoff, though doubtless I’d feel different if I had to pay up every day ๐Ÿ™‚ Is it fairly easy to avoid? A good looking village you have there. Thanks for joining me.


  17. Heyjude says:

    A charming village with some lovely architecture. Not a place I knew until now. Thank you for the tour ๐Ÿ™‚

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