The baldie is fled, long live the baldie!

The business (basically a CRM database) passed into better hands in 2012. These materials remain here for cannibalisation and amusement.

The baldie meanwhile has found pastures new: as a singing organ-grinder for your event in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Spain! Town and country walking and study tours in Barcelona and the Western Med
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Barcelona tours - Catalan Manchester



“Catalonia is the Lancashire of Spain,” wrote Richard Ford in A handbook for travellers in Spain (1845), “and Barcelona is its Manchester. Besides being wholesale manufacturers, the Catalans are amongst the best retail tradesmen, innkeepers, and carriers of the Peninsula.” While Barcelona was Spain’s biggest manufacturer of textiles, its comparative backwardness meant that local industrialists travelled to northern England and other more advanced parts of Europe to buy and steal techology, working methods and designs. After Bonaplata’s famous down-town factory was burnt down in rioting, says Blackwood’s, “he was in Manchester during the year 1828, and purchased, we believe, many thousand pounds’ worth of the most finished machinery from Messrs. Gower of that town.”


This walk takes you through the fields and villages where earlier visitors saw calico spread to dry to the remainders of Barcelona’s late 19th century industrial revolution. You’ll also find out and/or see about some of the more colourful bits of the local flea market, the city’s relationship with Calais and Dunkirk, one of its ancient water courses and the great tower built by the modern water company, Inquisition witchhunters, a street that doesn’t officially exist, medieval defence towers, Barcelona Council’s failed Catalan Silicon Valley scheme, the scene of the original Durruti column and the kangaroo court trial by anarchists of the bishop of Barcelona, and, for all you Yorkies, a factory built by engineers from Keighley.


Grade easy
Base Barcelona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Barcelona, Catalonia, Clot, Glòries Catalanes, Poblenou, Sant Martí­,
Theme tags architecture, gastronomy, history, industrial,
Your guide(s) Mr Baldie
Walking distance 4.78 km / 2.97 miles
Walking time 2 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 0 hr
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 2.30 hr


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