Meet the Guides

Julian McCarthy's passion is searching for obscure, forgotten historical nuggets of Kingston that he believes are waiting to be found, buried in the pages of old books, maps and photos. He is a would-be historical detective and ‘solver of the unsolved’. A Chartered Design Engineer and a Building Services Consultant, he is also the author of three books about Kingston upon Thames and became Chair of the Guides in 2020.

Charlotte Morrison is the Booking Secretary and has been a Kingston Tour Guide for since 2016. She has always been interested in history and finds being a guide challenging but most enjoyable. She looks forward sharing Kingston's rich history with you.

David Bowell was born in north Kingston and has lived in the Royal Borough all of his life.  He has memories of Kingston during the second world war and has seen many changes over the years.   After attending a walk which sparked his interest, he became a guide in 1998.

Bernadette Jansen joined the Kingston Tour Guides in 2018. She was previously a Blue Badge guide in Cambridge and showed tour groups round the UK and Europe. She is interested in meeting people and sharing Kingston's fascinating history. Bernadette is currently the Guides' Minutes Secretary.

John Pink has been a Tour Guide since the mid-1990s and is the author of a dozen books or booklets on Kingston and Surbiton history, including “Stage Coaching in a Market Town” and “The Washerwomen’s Strike of 1872”.  John is also a member of two U3A study groups.

Martha Liddle has lived and worked in Kingston for 20 years. Recently volunteered to join KTG, due to her passion for local history.  A multilingual tour guide, Martha's interests also include photography and architecture.

Bryony Bridges has been a Kingston town guide since 2012.  As well as local and general history, her other interests include singing in a choir and wildlife and conservation.

Mike Gibbs is a Northerner who has lived in Kingstion upon Thames for over 25 years.  He joined the Kingston Tour Guides in 2015, partly because of how much he has enjoyed watching tour guides "perform" in other historic towns and because of his love for his adopted town and passion for local history.  Mike is the Tour Guides' Treasurer and Webmaster.

Sheila Taylor has been a Kingston Tour Guide since 2007 following her passion for local history. A retired town planner Sheila's other interests  include art, architecture, rock music and swimming.

Carole McGrath joined the Tour Guides over 15 yeas ago and is now one of our most experienced guides.  Nevertheless, she still delights in learning nuggets of history about Kingston and its fascinating buildings, people and events.  Fluent in French, Italian and German, Carole specialises in giving tours of Kingston to overseas students as well as UK schools - she is especially passionate about opening children's eyes to history.

... and our Trainee Guides

Michael Griffith is our newest recruit, currently learning to be a tour guide.

All photographs courtesy of Francis Gibbs Photography.
www.francisgibbsphotography.co.uk

Kingston Tour Guides is a voluntary organisation; we are funded by a grant from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

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