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A WALK BACK TO THE LAST LONDON BY WAY OF WATLING STREET

Andrew Kotting

UK, 2017
18 minutes, 18 seconds, B&W/colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: HD video
Available formats: HD Video / SD Video / BluRay / HD Digital file / DCP

Who you walk with alters what you see….A film shot on an iPhone with a super 8 app documenting a walk made with Iain Sinclair from Dover to London along Watling Street, sometimes in the company of John Rogers and sometimes in the company of Anne Caron-Delion. The film was never intended, I had planned to make the walk and take a few photographs as proof BUT as is so often the case when walking with Iain one thing leads to another and in the next instance another journeywork pops out.It must be noted that in part the walk was also as a result of the publication of Iain’s book THE LAST LONDON:https://oneworld-publications.com/the-last-london-hb.html PS Watling Street is a route from England to Wales that began as an ancient trackway first used by the Britons, mainly between the areas of modern Canterbury and St Albans using a natural ford near Westminster. The Romans later paved the route, which then connected the Kentish ports of Dover, Richborough Lympne and Reculver to their bridge over the Thames at London. Watling Street was the site of Boudica’s defeat by the Romans and was later the southwestern border of the Danelaw. In the early 19th century, the course between London and the Channel was paved and became known as the Great Dover Road: today, the route from Dover to London forms part of the A2 road.