On Saturday 19th May 2018 the nation will rejoice as HRH Prince Harry will wed Ms Megan Markle in a dazzling display of what the British do best – pomp and circumstance. Marrying in the beautiful St. George’s Windsor, a building that took fifty three years to construct – started off by King Edward IV […]Read More Under St George’s Chapel
Today’s blog is a departure from the usual. The Hayes positively radiates history. It’s a gorgeous old mansion that could easily double as the set of a whodunit murder mystery with links to St Pancras Station, as well as being the site of a daring wartime escape! Built by Francis Wright as a wedding gift […]Read More Adventures of a Country Home
Why go traipsing around a cemetery? Well, it’s no different from going to a museum or an art gallery. So when I come across historical accounts written by cemetery enthusiasts, I have to share their words as I would my own. The following article originally appeared in the Londonderry Sentinel on Saturday 1st December, 1956. Its author […]Read More Gruesome – Or History Made Graphic?
An artistic dynasty’s story in Kensal Green Surfing eBay one lunchtime, I found a single page from the London Illustrated News. On a page with barely readable writing, alongside some beautiful engravings of steles and sculptures of the Copán archaeological site in South America was a slightly planer illustration celebrating the memorial to James Ward, […]Read More The Wards
Take a trip to an historic cemetery just outside central Amsterdam and see where peacocks and Dutch celebrities reside hand in hand I’m in Amsterdam once a month nowadays and like any good cemetery enthusiast, I’m loving the opportunity to explore another city’s past and its dead. I took a tram to Amsterdam RAI and […]Read More Rust in Vrede: A Trip to Zorgvlied Cemetery
Things look better from the air. Have a look on YouTube and you’ll find some awesome camera work of beautiful sweeping vistas of cityscapes and well known places seen from a birds point of view. The concept of aerial photography in this way isn’t new. It was used extensively in the Second World War by […]Read More A Bird’s Eye View
As LGBT History month draws to a close, today we celebrate Charlotte Mew, a writer and poet whose original, emotionally intense work packed a punch that belied her diminutive physical stature. Her fans included Virginia Woolf, who described her as the “world’s greatest poetess” while another admirer, Thomas Hardy, said she was, “far and away […]Read More Charlotte Mary Mew (1869 –1928)