Walk through the sites of revolutionary thinking, 23 November

Tatiana outside Saatchi & Saatchi

Tatiana outside Saatchi & Saatchi–the Communist Club that stood on this site housed a session of the RSDLP congress of 1905

This walk, facilitated by Tatiana Baskakova, was devoted to various London sites connected with Russian revolutionaries.  I think she had started off intending to devote it to Lenin, then found that the anarchists were more to her liking.

Along the way, we discussed some relevant questions, such as Is walking a revolutionary practice?  and Is it suspicious that the buildings occupied by radicals have disappeared? and indeed Did Ilyich stop at Pret for some lunch?

Here are some pictures:

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South side of Fitzroy Square–site of an anarchist congress

New plaque commemorating Alexander Herzen in Judd Street

New plaque commemorating Alexander Herzen in Judd Street

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Bevin Court in Finsbury–Lenin stayed on the site and it might have been called Lenin Court if Berthold Lubetkin had got his way

Photographing the 'We are definitely closed' sign at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green

Photographing the ‘We are definitely closed’ sign at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green

Former site of the South Place Ethical Society--an ailing Kropotkin spoke here in support of the Chicago anarchists

Former site of the South Place Ethical Society–an ailing Kropotkin spoke here in support of the Chicago anarchists

The Freedom Press (Angel Alley, Whitechapel) was founded by Kropotkin and others in 1886

The Freedom Press (Angel Alley, Whitechapel) was founded by Kropotkin and others in 1886

Journey's end in Whitechapel:  Stalin must have used one of those doors...

Journey’s end in Fulbourne Street, Whitechapel: Stalin must have used one of those doors…

–Dear Tatiana,  Do let me thank you for all the preparation you must have put in to create such an interesting walk for us today, and for all of your input on the walk itself.

–Thank you for joining the walk, and staying along till the final line. It was a pleasure to organise it, and have you, and everyone around.

There’s a very interesting series of posts on Russians in London (including revolutionaries) on Sarah Young’s blog here; and also a fascinating map.

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