Following the success of our walking ‘podtour’ exploring the musical heritage of Stroud Green, today we launch a self-guided, cycling tour exploring Stroud Green at the time of the First World War. This 35-minute audio tour – presented by Oonagh Gay and Paul Sinclair of Islington Guided Walks – is designed to be downloaded and taken on location on two wheels. Mapped to take you along quieter residential streets, it’s an ideal family activity during the school summer holidays!
Through stories of the soldiers commemorated by the organ – researched by our archive volunteers – this podtour will transport you back to Stroud Green at the start of the twentieth century and will reveal what the area was like during the war.
The tour stops at some of the soldiers’ home addresses and includes clips of interviews with Dr Valerie Flessati, member of the Haringey First World War Peace Forum, who explains the area’s reputation as a hotbed for conscientious objection, and Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum, who talks about the erection of a temporary sorting office – said to be the largest wooden structure in the world at the time – in The Regent’s Park to cope with the extra mail sent during the war. You will even hear the voice of one of the soldiers commemorated by the organ. Percy Alford’s granddaughter, who lives in Queensland, Australia, sent the project an audio clip from a cassette recording he made in later life, talking about his favourite singer, Gracie Fields.
Visit the Podtours section of our website to download the tour, take a screen grab on your mobile of the map in the photo gallery and get pedalling! Although designed as a cycling tour the route is walkable, or if you would prefer to enjoy it with a cuppa from the comfort of your own home it also works as a documentary. You can see the locations Oonagh and Paul are talking about and follow the route on the map in the photo gallery.