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Thank you to everyone who joined me during the Fringe festival for my Notorious Women of Brighton and Notorious Women of Hove walking tours!
I’m pleased to say that I’m venturing east to talk about the wonderful women of Kemptown twice this summer. I haven’t done this walk for a couple of years and I’m excited to be bringing out the stories of the many women linked with Kemptown who have achieved great and shocking things. Among some of the women I’ll be talking about are an intrepid explorer, a romantic novelist, a fashion designer who revolutionised how we shop, a map-maker, some of the first women doctors in Britain and a prudish queen who made women cover up their cleavages in her presence. A mixed and fabulous bag. All this and a lovely gentle stroll through the squares, back streets and twitters of one of Brighton’s quirkiest areas.
Here are the dates and times. Please contact me by email on historywomenbrighton@outlook.com if you’re interested in coming along. All walks last approx. 90 minutes.
Saturday 14th July 10.30 a.m
Saturday 11th August 10.30 a.m
Meeting place St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Kemptown, BN2 1ED (brilliant and cheap café inside the church if you get there early) Picture below
Price £8 ppn / £7 conc.

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Dates, dates, dates!

Hey everyone, I saw a daffodil today! We all know this means that Spring is almost here and the Brighton Fringe thundering towards us.  I will be inviting people to walk with me and hear the stories of some of our wonderful women during the whole festival as usual.  Here are the dates…

Notorious Women of Brighton

Sunday mornings 6, 13, 27 May and 3 June at 10.30am

Tuesday evenings 8 and 22 May at 6.30pm

All starting at St Nicholas Church, Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 3LJ

Notorious Women of Hove

Saturday mornings 5, 12, 26 May, 2 June at 10.30am

Tuesday evenings 15, 29 May at 6.30pm

Starts at the Garden Cafe (great for a coffee and bun before we start), St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove BN3 1PL

Tickets £8/£7 concessions.  Book at brightonfringe.org or call 01273 917272 or just turn up (first come, first served if maximum number reached)

Also pop-up tours of Notorious Women of Kemptown

Saturday afternoon 12 May at 2pm, Wednesday evening 23 May at 6.30pm.

Booking through me only (historywomenbrighton@outlook.com or call 07758 296563)

Shake down your cagoules, get your comfy shoes out and join me!  I’ll look forward to seeing you there!


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Thanks to everyone who joined me this Spring.  I won’t be putting in any new dates for the remainder of the year but I look forward to seeing you on new walks next year!  All the following walks can be booked privately.  No group too small.  Email me at historywomenbrighton@outlook.com or call 07756 296563 for details.

Too long? Too short? Let me tailor a walk to your requirements.

All walks available in French. TEFL trained, I am experienced in guiding in simple English to language students and people without fluent English. All levels catered for. Language students welcome!

Don’t want to walk? I offer the above walks – and more – as seated, illustrated lectures. Let me visit your group and enjoy the stories from the comfort of a chair.

NEW!  Women Warriors – Women have only been allowed to join the army for one hundred years and, just two years ago, were given the right for the first time to play a combative role in the Armed Forces on an even footing with men.  However, this didn’t stop a trickle of women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries joining up anyway – disguised as men.  This talk looks at the fascinating stories behind the women who managed to pull off a military career disguised as men.  Who were they?  Why did they do it?  What adventures did they have?  What happened when they were found out?

Notorious Women of Brighton – Wilful princesses, Music Hall stars, headstrong courtesans, entrepreneurs, Brighton has always attracted women who dare do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame.  Starts St Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, Brighton.  1.5 hrs.

Notorious Women of Hove  – Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world – from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, campaigners to boundary shifting entertainers. Walk in their footsteps and hear their amazing stories on this tour. Starts in St Ann’s Well Gardens. 1.5 hrs.

Notorious Women of Kemptown – From Ladies to ladies, scientists to sportswomen, Kemptown has inspired some incredible women. Hear how worlds as diverse as policing, fashion, education, shopping and the arts were shaken by local women on this gentle walk. Starts at St George’s Church. 1.5 hrs.

Victorian Working Class Brighton – During the nineteenth century the Queen’s Park/Hanover area developed as a vibrant and lively working-class district. Join me to discover traces of these long-gone communities in old shops, pubs, slipper-baths, the work-house, and school. Starts at St Luke’s Church.

The Royal Pavilion Estate – A visit inside the Royal Pavilion is a Brighton ‘must-do’ but what about the outside? This hour’s walk around the Royal Pavilion Gardens and surrounds explores the creation of this beautiful green space, the history of the Gardens, its adjoining gates and buildings, and its First World War legacy.

See you soon!




8 thoughts on “Walks/Talks

  1. Hello Louise, I’m involved in putting on a play about Harriette Wilson and the Duke of Wellington and see that you have an image of her wearing a red top. What is the copy right situation of the image.

    Many thanks for your help,
    Marie Hanley
    07960 380638


  2. We joined Louise for the Notorious Women of Brighton walk last year – it was great and we learnt and lot and had a really good time! We are going on the Kemptown walk this year – its a great way to spend time and I thoroughly recommend the walks!


    • Hi Julie, the Brighton one definitely is. I think the Kemp town one is too but I just can’t remember at the moment whether there are a few steps to St George’s church where I start or not. I am doing the walk tomorrow so I will let you know for sure then. Best wishes.


  3. Many thanks, Louise, for being such an engaging and entertaining guide on your ‘Women of Hove’ walk at the weekend. You’ve obviously put so much research into the fascinating array of characters you described, and your enthusiasm for your subject really helped bring them all to life for me. I learned such a lot! My view of Hove has had to be completely revised.

    Here’s to the next walk!


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