We start at the nuns’ and nurses’ headquarters, the real-life Nonnatus House, still there today, and the streets where Chummy and the other midwives rode. We see housing unchanged since the twin stall holders who henpecked their shared husband lived there; where the Anglo-Spanish family of 27 lived; where the white woman with a white husband had a black baby; the spot where the workhouse stood, which had treated the strange old woman in the book so badly. And there’s other history too such as seeing the charming renovated old warehouses where the London Docks were started. And we get a fantastic view of the Thames, and cross inlets, and can imagine the scene in the book where Sister Evangelina clambers with her bike over boats to cross the water rather than ride round. And you hear about the filming of the series – just how do they get those amazing childbirth shots!?
Start Walk: All Saints DLR Station
Finish Walk: Nice cafe across the road from Limehouse DLR station
Shorter Walk alternative – finish The Grapes pub on the river