Join Roberta Wedge of the Wollstonecraft Society on a ramble through Somers Town, following the trail of the radical early feminist and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
The walk will take us from St Pancras station, home of sculpture both appalling and delightful, through Somers Town, Mary Wollstonecraft’s final and arguably happiest home. Here she scandalously shacked up with anarchist philosopher William Godwin at the Polygon; at the parish church, she even more scandalously married him. Why? All will be revealed.
The walk takes in one of London’s four blue plaques dedicated to Wollstonecraft and some modern developments that she would thoroughly approve of. The quiet gridded layout behind the Euston Road – the New Road, an innovation in her day – allow us to claim the street corners and declaim Wollstonecraft’s maxims: “I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.”
There’s a hidden house that bears Wollstonecraft’s name, and a tombstone (her first one) in St Pancras Old Church graveyard that often bears tributes.
We shall end our peregrination with a drink at a pub that thinks it’s an eighteenth-century coffeehouse.
Start: Meet at 11am at the Dust Heap Installation on Battle Bridge Place, N1C 4TB. The walk will last approximately 1.5-2 hours.