On 24th December 1938, the movie remake The Dawn Patrol was released in cinemas, starring Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone. It was well received by those who watched it and follows a number of Royal Flying Corps Fighter Pilots during WW1. In the supporting cast is a man billed as Michael Brooke whose real name… Read More The story of Warwick Castle (part 1)
Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, Northumberland S – SEGEDUNUM Segedunum (don’t worry I struggle to pronounce it!) is a Roman fort along the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend. As well as being a symbol of Roman rule, it was primarily a defence structure to protect against the ‘barbarians’ to the north of the wall.… Read More The Fort at the end of The Wall
What is a cathedral and its status: There are 42 Cathedrals in England and around 16,000 churches. Why are there a lot less Cathedrals than churches and why are they so magnificent? The word Cathedral is from the word cathedra, which means bishops throne and that is exactly what the role of a cathedral is,… Read More The Architecture of a Cathedral – Winchester
In the North Wes of Essex lies the town of Maldon. It sits on the edge of the River Blackwater. Today it is a popular place for families and day-trippers in the summer. I remember myself going on the odd day trip there. It has some beautiful views of the estuary. The town has been… Read More Come quickly to us, as men to the fight – The Battle of Maldon.
On the early hours of 10th February 1567, an explosion rocked Edinburgh. Kirk o Field house had exploded. When people rushed to see what had happened they found the corpses of two half-dressed men – strangled. One was Lord Darnley, husband to Mary Queen of Scots and the other his servant. Clearly, this was murder… Read More The Other Castle – Craigmillar Castle
What: The National Trust or to give it its full title – The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty – is a charity which focus on heritage and environmental conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1895. Much of its income is generated from Memberships, donations, entrance… Read More National Trust – 125 years.
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
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.
“Grey, black and forbidding” – words by Historian Éamon Phoenix to describe Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast. I mean to be honest what prison would want an inviting look I suppose? The gaol dates back to 1843 and has seen many prisoners come and go through its doors (and for a small few to never leave).… Read More The Crum: Criminals, Conflict and Canapés
This week’s mid week mini is about Lullingstone Romans villa in Kent. The land itself has evidence of occupation from the Iron Age but archaeologists and historians cannot defiantly say if this was the case. What is certain was that there was occupation around 100AD when a villa was built in the small area in… Read More A Governors country retreat? Lullingstone Roman Villa