The story of Durham Cathedral High on the cliffs in the North East of England sits Durham Cathedral. Commanding views across the River Wear the Cathedral was the seat of the Prince Bishops of Durham; the burial place of Saint Cuthbert and of the Venerable Bede, the father of English History. The Cathedral today is… Read More Reaching to the Heavens
Guest post by Zoe Davies (thatherstorian) Hidden away amongst the mountains and coalfields of the South Wales Valleys is a grand medieval castle dating from the thirteenth century. Caerphilly Castle is the centrepiece of the local town, dominating the landscape of the area. It is the second largest castle in the UK, second only to… Read More Discovering Caerphilly Castle, South Wales:
I found when researching about Warwick Castle that jousts happened there and Antony Woodville, someone who i am fascinated by. also jousted so i wanted to know more. I thought who best to approach but fellow antony Woodville historian, who has written a post on the real Ulrich von Lichtenstein from a Knights Tale – Danielle… Read More Jousting: The Sport of Kings
Countess of Warwick Visiting the Castle today, you will find the State rooms set up for a weekend party in 1898. At this time, the Castle was home to Francis and Daisy Greville. Daisy was renowned for her weekend parties at the castle where the elite of Victorian society would attend, including the Marlbourgh House… Read More The Story of Warwick Castle (part 2)
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.