We start at the market where Sister Monica Joan was caught shoplifting and where a young nun bought an interesting Xmas present for Sister Julienne. Then it’s on to Nonnatus House (still there today despite what happened in the TV series and some reports in the press to the contrary!). We see the church which was the ante-natal clinic; housing unchanged since the Anglo-Spanish family of 27 lived there; the place where the first Caribbean immigrants settled (remember the black babies story); the flats that replaced Roy Hudd’s old character’s slum; and a bit of the workhouse which was the basis for several stories. There’s also stuff about Chummy and others. And we tell you just how they film those amazing birth scenes. We also get a fantastic view of the Thames, and cross a river inlet as we imagine the scene where Jenny Lee and Sister Evangelina clamber with their bikes over boats to cross the water. And we bring a long some great photos of the time and place.
And we’ve added a new bit to the walk to show you a square of old terraced houses that is just as it was 150 years ago (apart from being spruced up to look nice) let alone 50, and is just as the streets of Poplar are shown in the series. (And appears to be the inspiration behind another popular TV series – Eastenders).
Start All Saints DLR station
Finish Limehouse station or the nice community cafe opposite
Shorter walk alternative – Finish at The Grapes pub