Nestled on the North Wales coast in the historic town of Conwy, Plas Mawr is a unique example of an Elizabethan era Welsh townhome. Built in the late 1500’s, Plas Mawr is one of the most intact examples of townhouses in the UK during this period. Through the years, it has been used as a… Read More Exploring Plas Mawr-North Wales’ Elizabethan Manor House – A guest blog by Kayla Jones
In St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell on the wall is a plaque remembering a Thomas Dowsett. He is buried in St John’s, Southend along with many members of his family. There was once a Dowsett Avenue in Southend and there is a ward at Southend Hospital named after him. Who was he and why is he… Read More In Focus – Thomas Dowsett
The White Tower, London – standing tall within the confines of the Tower of London’s walls. London was not always the capital of England and that there was another keep built to the same design of the White Tower but much larger, so large in fact that it is the largest keep in all of… Read More Temple of the Gods to Hell on earth…..- the story of Colchester Castle
Merry Christmas to you – in this mini post I would like to share with you the origins of some traditions of Christmas and also a little bit of murder (why not it is Christmas). A week after Christmas, 29th December 1170 at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral the body of the Archbishop lay sprawled… Read More Murder, mistletoe and Misrule – with a side serving of Mince Pies: Some traditions and events of Christmas past in England.
Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie and the directorial debut of Josie Rourke. A semi biographical film of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots set at her arrival into Scotland and follows through until her imprisonment in England with her beheading briefly shown at the end. Historical Accuracy Of course the majority… Read More Mary Queen of Scots – a movie review
Buckingham Palace In 1861, when Prince Albert died, the royal residence of Buckingham Palace fell silent. So silent in fact that someone placed a notice on its gates saying “These commanding premises to be let or sold, in consequence of the late occupant’s declining business”. Victoria was so distraught she did not want to enter… Read More House – Palace – Icon
St Marys Church, Prittlewell Just to the north of Southend on Seas High Street stands a beautiful church, complete with graveyard and tower. The church is St Mary’s and should not be ignored. Aside from it being a picturesque church, St Marys has stood on the spot before the creation of Southend, a church was… Read More The Mother church of Southend