ZOOM talks as well as personal appearances.
Talks & Walks by Christoph Bull, BA (Hons), MCLIP, ALA
* Who’s who in Hoo – a journey through the Hoo peninsula”
* “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.
Charlie Gordon of Gravesend
*Authors of Gravesham, Swanscombe & Cliffe - Famous & Forgotten
* Meopham Parish history from A to Z
* Northfleet Parish history from A to Z
* Dartford’s history from A to Z
* Dickens in Gravesham
* Borley Rectory (the most haunted house in England)-Haunted or humbug?
* Ifield & Singlewell –Separated & Isolated
* Luddesdown Parish-the secrets of a remote parish
* Swanscombe Peninsula – Cement, Paper, Park &Poo!
* Swanscombe & Greenhithe’s Cultural Revolution in 1920s 1930s
* Chalk Parish’s Social Revolution 1918-1939
* Dartford & The Tudors
Gravesend the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
Northfleet the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
Dartford the day before yesterday (the town’s transformation over the last 70 years)
The Griffin, horse & harp – the Earls of Darnley at Cobham Hall & their Irish connection.
Myths & Legends of Gravesham & Dartford
Dartford Rural Rides: Darent valley delights
Dartford Rural Rides: West Kingsdown to Southfleet
* Higham Parish history from A to Z
* Medway Valley Adventures: From Upnor to Upper Halling
* Local Places names and the stories behind them
Cobham Village. Guided Walk
Northfleet – historical tour and eye opening
Cobham Hall open to the public days.
The days when I will be one of the guides on duty are as follows:
Wednesday 1st November 2023-open at 2pm.
Monday 11th December 2023 6pm
Speaker: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
At: Reliance Fish Restaurant, Queen Street, Gravesend
Begins: 6pm for supper, talk to follow.
Cost: £20 for talk and award winning fish & chips supper.
Booking and prepayment essential-Reliance Restaurant 01474 533593
How the modern town we know began, expanded and developed-full
of details about buildings we take for granted
Thursday 14th December 2023 11am
Sunday 31st December 2023 10.30pm
Guide: Christoph Bull (Local Historian)
Meet: 10.30am George & Dragon former public house, Galley Hill, Swanscombe DA10 0LF
No need to book, just turn up-in sensible footwear for a foot path walk across marshes and fields.
Information: Christoph Bull 07702287147 - Gravesend Historical Society Footpaths Committee walk-open to everybody, including well behaved and controlled dogs.
This website was updated 25th November 2023
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Ebbsfleet Citizens Archive is a community-led project capturing and preserving the varied stories and histories of the people and places of Ebbsfleet, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, and Northfleet, as the area goes through a significant moment of change.
Co-created by artists, historians and residents, the dual digital and physical archive will bring local people together to explore Ebbsfleet’s unique historic and contemporary identity through objects, sounds, videos and photographs, collected by and from residents past, present and future. At the core of the project, a team of volunteer Citizen Archivists will work closely with artists, historians, and archivists to explore the people, stories and histories of the area and learn the practical and creative skills needed to create an archive for the whole community.
Intro to Archives: Sat 16 September, Tue 19 September, Sat 30 September & 7 October
Skills Sessions: Sat 7 October, Sat 14 October, Sat 21 October, Sat 2 December
Local History Walks: Sun 17 September, Sun 24 September, Sun 1 October, Sun 15 October
Ebbsfleet Handbook Workshops with Lu Williams: Sat 23 September, Thu 2 November, Sat 18 November
Thank you very much indeed for your wonderful talk this evening.
Dear Christoph, A huge thank you for helping me organise the trip by our U3A group to Cobham Hall. The feedback I have received is nothing but complimentary and everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon. Please also pass on our thanks to the other two guides and to you for your time and your really informative and entertaining presentations. With all best wishes - I will be in touch at a later date regarding further trips. Isle of Sheppey U3A, July 2023
Just wanted to say a huge thanks for this morning’s talk at Hope Pop In. We really enjoyed both the content and your entertaining style. I’ve had so much positive feedback that I think I’ll have to be in touch soon to have you back!! Hope Church, Orpington April 2023
Many thanks again for all your help and professionalism. The members were very impressed with your talk, as was I. High Halstow Parish Council April 2023.
a quick note to say how very much we appreciated your highly
entertaining presentation yesterday. You truly brought
Dickens to life and it would be very interesting to visit some of
Many thanks for your fascinating and entertaining talk last week to Tunbridge Wells u3a about Kent public libraries. I had no idea how haphazard and precarious their introductions were! March 2023
Thank you so much for your very informative and amusing talk yesterday on the subject of Dickens in Kent. It was, as with your previous talk, well received and had some of our members hysterical with laughter. The feedback I got was all very complimentary. Feb 2023-Isle of Sheppey U3A.
Thank you so much for your, as always,
entertaining and informative presentation on "Our Thames - Dartford
to Grain" yesterday. A wonderful selection of illustrations too
shows time and care you spend putting your presentations together.
Hoping you had a good journey home. Kind regards and many thanks
Christina Tyler Programme organiser on behalf of our commitee and
members. November 2022
It was lovely to meet you again after so long.
Hi Christoph, Thank you for the talk on Thursday evening. It was very well received by a much larger audience than we have been getting recently. You both educated and entertained us in your usual unique style and we learned lots of new facts about Dartford. I don’t know how you managed A to Z, you certainly used your lockdown time well! Also, thanks for helping us out and standing in at the last minute, it was much appreciated. Best wishes, David, SLHG Secretary.
Dear Christoph, Thank you so much for your talk “Gravesend the day before yesterday” which you gave to the group last Thursday. It was very well received and as usual you both entertained and educated us in equal measure. I was at school in Gravesend in the 1950s and can recall something of what it was like then. As your talk demonstrated many of the changes have not been for the better! Anyway, thank you once again for an enjoyable and provocative evening, and as Secretary I hope we can rely on you to return with another talk next year. David Johnson Shorne Local History Group. November 2021
Dear Christoph, Once again, it is my pleasure on
behalf of the members and committee of SouthAra to thank you for
your talk at last Thursday meeting (On Libraries in Kent).
Your presentation was not only interesting in its content, but as
always was delivered with enthusiasm and humour which made an
enjoyable afternoon for all present. Geoff Till,
I think that your reputation as a speaker proceeded you and I’m sure that helped us to get our largest audience to date. I’ve also heard members saying how much they enjoyed your talk with your enthusiastic, humorous delivery and of course that array of different voices/accents!Gravesend & Northfleet U3A.via Zoom, March 2021
I have been meaning to write and thank you for your talk on 14
December 2020 and apologise for being so late in fulfilling the
intention. It was very informative and entertaining. In the
circumstances, you went above and beyond.
We certainly have
enjoyed all the talks we have heard and the guided walks around
Gravesend, there is always something new to learn about the area and
we particularly like the way you mix facts with humour. Excellent
Dear Christoph, Thank you for coming to share with us at The Friendship Club a couple of weeks ago. We thoroughly enjoyed your visit to our group. My colleague, Penny, delivered a quiz based on your talk last week which they enjoyed. Dartford YMCA Jan 2020
Thank you very for
last night's presentation. Again, a fascinating and enthusiastic
"Thanking you for the wonderful talk on Pocahontas which the members thoroughly enjoyed”. Rainham Historical Society, Dec 2019
“Thank you for visiting us on 27th November 2019 to talk about Gravesend & important buildings. Thank you for your time in answering all of our questions and we hope you will come back in the near future”. Ifield School 6th Form students, North Kent College, Chalk, Dec 2019.
Thanks and Frohe Weihnachten – Craciun Fericit – Happy Christmas.
arrived in Gravesend to be met by Christoph Bull, our guide. His
knowledge is astounding, and he gave us a comprehensive background
to the various sites we visited, all without notes, and corrected
any misconceptions we had on the origin of the name Gravesend."
"Thank you so much for your brilliant talk last evening (on Stone
the shrinking parish), you brought back so many memories for me,
some I have to admit I’d forgotten about!! "
you so much Christoph for another enjoyable and informative
presentation and your jokes too! So sorry the microphone
was playing up .......just as well you do not need it!!
We always know we can rely on you to make our meetings go well
Many thanks Christina"
We've had some lovely feedback about your
talk. Our ladies found it very interesting.
“Christoph Bull gave an excellent, highly amusing, well-illustrated
and well-prepared talk on ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, to a
packed meeting of members of the Tonbridge Civic Society, on Tuesday
16th October 2018. Many members later said how much they
had enjoyed the talk.”
“Another interesting and informative evening delivered with the usual enthusiasm and humour that always accompany these talks”. Paul Gay, Sept 2018 commenting on a talk about Northfleet.
We hired Christoph’s services for the evening, to present and give a guided tour around Gravesend’s historic town centre. Being a locally renowned estate agents, it provided a different approach to our community and charity activities. 60 or so guests booked into the walk and it proved to be extremely successful. Christoph’s grasp of local history is second to none. It gave both clients and staff a real insight into the history that lies about us that often we dismiss on a daily basis. Christoph is funny, authoritative and very engaging. For a taster I would recommend that anyone joins his walking tours and talks and in the future – because of the fantastic feedback we got from the event we ran – we will be holding further history walks in the future under Christoph’s excellent leadership.
Michael Alan Sears, Managing Director, Sealeys Estate Agents Ltd
On behalf of our committee and members, thank you so much for your absorbing presentation, so entertainingly delivered, last Tuesday evening. There certainly was something for everyone and I personally want to go out and explore some of the places you mentioned - some very close to Swanley but not really widely known. Our great attendance was I am sure because of your fame as an excellent speaker! (Swanley History Group, March 2018)
On behalf of the committee and members of SouthAra, I wish to express our thanks to you for yet another excellent presentation at yesterday meeting. As always, your talk contained interesting and in many cases not so obvious factual information on the principle Churches in and around the area we live; all of which was relayed with a sprinkling of humour for the enjoyment of the audience. Geoff Till, Feb 2018
“We all really enjoyed your very spirited and informative Gravesend
Talk Title: Our Thames: Dartford to the Grain
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Thank you for a thoroughly good talk enjoyed by all our members.
So much information brought to life the Thames side locally, and
with your good humour! We are looking forward to your
next talk. Personally I have a much loved copy of "Liquid History -
The Thames Through Time" by Stephen Croad so I enjoyed your talk
even more. Thank you once again for a very entertaining
talk. Best wishes
Hi Christoph - As I mentioned to you at the time, I got some very good comments from members as they left, and I hope you enjoyed talking to George and Margaret (our Africa correspondents) afterwards as much as they enjoyed chatting to you. Thank you again for an entertaining and informative evening on the amusing stories from Kent’s public libraries. Kind regards Mike Hyde, programme organiser of Oddfellows, Tunbridge Wells District. 9 November 2017.
We so much appreciated your coming to talk to us today. All you
had to say about the Kaiser's War was fascinating and it sounded
as though it was a subject close to your heart [and your family]
Comments from some of the audience afterwards showed that it
caused many of us to think about the War from a different angle
which I am sure is what you were hoping for.
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.
"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".
"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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