This is the first walk in Patrick Keiller’s seminal film London, shot in 1992, where Robinson and the unseen narrator set out from Vauxhall to walk to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which Robinson believes is the birthplace of English Romanticism.
My walk took me from Vauxhall Park through Stockwell and Clapham North to Clapham Common, then Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield. I then passed between Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common and through Alton Estate, Roehampton to Richmond Park. This was a route I had to devise based on only a few images in the film – starting at Vauxhall Park – the only other images used in Keiller’s film between there and Strawberry Hill were of Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common.
The film features an audio excerpt from a project at Roehampton by my sister Cathy Rogers.
You can watch London on the BFI Player
The DVD is available here (affiliate link)
More info about Roehampton
The influence of Le Corbusier on Alton West Roehampton is clear, particularly in the eleven-story slab blocks which were inspired by a visit to the recently completed Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles – read more here
Richard Rogers on Roehampton for BBC Building Sights (1996)
Interview with Patrick Keiller about London from May 1994
Adam Scovell’s interview with Patrick Keiller from the British Film Institute, June 2017
The Future of Landscape interview with Patrick Keiller by Andrew Stevens for 3:AM Magazine