Tim Kendall

Tim Kendall is the grandson of the Reverend George Kendall who preached from 1926 to 1956 on the Public Morality platform which was established in the late nineteenth century. Earlier Reverend Kendall had overseen the exhumation of “The Unknown Warrior” in strictest secrecy. Tim reads from his grandfather’s unpublished memoirs, a witty chronicle of Hyde Park at its busiest. “If you want to find your long lost husband or wife, your wandering son or daughter or even your creditor go to Marble Arch,” says Reverend Kendall. He spoke frankly about sex and venereal disease to a disorderly crowd. Willing souls rubbed shoulders with “perverts” for whom his collar was like “a red rag to a bull.” His contemporaries included nihilistic comedian Bonar Thompson, who eeked a living by soliciting illegal donations, and saintly Father Vincent MacNab.

Audio of Tim reading his grandfather's memoirs

“Mr Bonar Thompson”

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“Lewd leering women”

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Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London.

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Sounds from the Park is a unique oral and visual history of Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park: the UK’s last great open air oratory site.

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Exhibition

Our exhibition can be seen online here or read our booklet about Speakers' Corner.

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Radio show

Our radio show can be listened to here.

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Young man talking at Speakers' Corner, 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

Education resources

History and Citizenship resources for Key Stage 3 and 4. Complete with a timeline of events at Speakers' Corner and other resources.

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