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16 GoodGymers made their way 3.0km to help the Richmond Council in Richmond.
- Monday, 9th of October 2023
Another second Monday group run, back at our sponsored plots in Buccleuch Gardens, Richmond for a whole lot of gardening plus a bit of time travel back to Buccleuch Gardens in the 1760s to celebrate Black History Month.
After a group run led by Liz from the Tap Tavern, everyone started a short session of watering, weeding and sweeping at The Three Pigeons Plot before heading en masse to the Arcade.
Before starting work at the Arcade, Anita shared some local history information about an extraordinary Georgian Gentleman , Charles Ignatius Sancho, who had once lived and worked on the same spot some 260 years previously. Born on a slave ship in 1729, Charles Ignatius Sancho escaped slavery through the protection and patronage of John 2nd Duke of Montagu and his family, going on to become a man of letters, a composer and finally a man of property, owning a grocery and tea shop in Westminster. Sancho spent some of his life at Buccleuch House (originally called Montagu House or Montagu Villa) as valet to John’s son-in-law George Brudenell, Earl of Cardigan and Duke of Montagu. The Arcade, built in the 1930s, marks the place where Buccleuch House once stood. https://www.museumofrichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/Ignatius-Sancho-Teachers-Resource.pdf
Returning to the 21st century, there was time for watering, removing graffiti, turning the compost heap and building willow plant supports, before heading back to the Tap Tavern for our monthly social.
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