The Fools of the Royal Court We have all heard of the jesters and fools of the royal court and how they provided entertainment for the monarchy. Usually these ‘fools’ were of the ‘natural’ kind which meant that they most likely would have been, in regards to today’s society, adults with learning difficulties. It was… Read More Royal Fools and the ‘Mad’ King
Today in the UK going to hospital when seriously ill or injured is a normal expected occurrence. However, did you know the hospital had its origins in the monastic religious houses? The origin of the word hospital comes from the latin word – “hospes”, which stands for “a guest or visitor” – which is meant… Read More Monasteries to Madness – the history of the hospital
The development of London Bridge London Bridge is falling down,Falling down, falling down,London Bridge is falling down,My fair lady. Did you know the original poem went like this…. London Bridge is broken down,Gold is won and bright renown.Shields resoundingWar Horns Sounding,Hildur shouting in the din!Arrows singing,Mailcoats ringing –Odin makes our Olaf win! Written by Ottar… Read More London Bridge is broken down…..
(Quote above from Dickens’ final public reading) Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed… Read More Charles Dickens Museum From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore…
Please note due to a technological fault there will not be many images accompanying this article. London; England’s capital city since the 12th century. A thriving city filled with people from all walks of life, nationalities, and religions. A recent occurrence from the last few centuries? Well no, from 43 AD to the early 5th… Read More What lies beneath – Londinium
Kensington Palace, the childhood home on Queen Victoria and the official residence of HRH Prince William and Katherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In existence since 1605, today the Palce is split in two parts. One part – the State Apartments are open as a museum managed by Historic Royal Palaces and the other part… Read More Kensington Palace and its women.
Regent’s Park – the jewel in the crown The Park covers 197 cancers and its current design is that of John Nash. It features a lake, canal, and palatal terraces. It started life as part of Barking Abbey and like many of the other Royal Parks, was seized by Henry VIII and transformed into a… Read More The Royal Parks of London- Part 2
Part 1: What is a Royal Park? The Royal Parks of London are lands originally owned by the crown and are now preserved as free open spaces and public parks under the Crown Lands Act 1851. There are eight in total and are managed by the Royal Parks – a charity created in 2017. A… Read More London’s Lungs – The Royal Parks of London
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
On 23rd August 1305, William Wallace was sentenced as a traitor and was to be executed as one. The method would be the barbaric hanging, drawing, and quaterering. On the day of his execution, he was taken from the Tower of London to Smithfield where he was hung until nearly dead. He was then cut… Read More The London Theatre of Executions – Executions in London