Inspired by one of our manuscripts, readers of Londonist are attempting a 20 mile walk across London to track how the city has changed over the last 150 years.
They’re following in the footsteps of James Patterson, a master at the Deaf and Dumb Institution, in Manchester, who recorded a visit to London over Christmas 1858 in his diary. Patterson’s seemingly inexhaustible perambulations took him across the metropolis, and the detailed notes he made offer a fascinating view of sights to see for a mid-Victorian tourist.
For more on ‘The Patterson Challenge’ – including how to take part – have a look here. We’ll keep you posted on how these intrepid souls get on.