England

Sink Port or Cinque Port: Rye, Sussex

Posted by on October 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve: Area of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest: birds, wildlife, sand, sea, shingle and salt marshes. Rivers Rother and Brede

Golden Treasure, Beer & Fairies! : Bury Ditches Hill Fort: Shropshire

Posted by on June 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Fairy Gold, Beer & Hill Forts. Bury Ditches, Iron Age Fort, Shropshire

Wild Eric & The Fairy Godda: Long Mynd: Shropshire

Posted by on May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

The Long Mynd is wild and atmospheric.  No wonder  it has a beautiful yet poignant legend attached to it.  The Legend of Eric the Wild begins with the Battle of Hastings 1066.  William the Conqueror had successfully invaded England.  He brutally  set about subduing the population, many of whom, including Eric, a Saxon Lord of the Manor […]

The Millers’ Scam! Waterwheels, Millers & Quernstones

Posted by on May 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Background Grinding wheat to make flour has been with us for thousands of years and many of us will be familiar with the quern stones used for grinding the grain.  While this was a hand-driven process it was hard and laborious work.  The Greeks and the Romans   developed large querns that used rotary power for […]

Ride a Cock Horse to ‘No Man’s Heath:’ The Travels of Celia Fiennes (1685-1741)

Posted by on April 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

No Man’s Heath, a Cheshire Village. The Travels of Celia Fiennes between 1685-1703. Monument to commemorate her visit to Cheshire. Nursery rhyme: Ride a Cock Horse;” Origins of rhyme.

Grindley Brook or The Three Lock Staircase

Posted by on April 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

The Three Lock Staircase, Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen branch, Grindley Brook, Shropshire. Lock mechanisms. Walk along the canal bank

The Rude Man or The Cerne Abbas Giant: Dorset

Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The Rude Man or the Cerne Abbas Giant: Dorset: Danish giant decapitated: Roman-British Hercules? Parody of Oliver Cromwell?

Pagans, Imbolc, and Christian Candlemas: The Birth of Spring!

Posted by on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Imbolc a pagan festival of light celebrated 1st February each year. Candlemas, a Christian festival celebrated 2nd February each year. The story of Persphone and her rise from the underworld symbolising the rise of spring, rebirth, life and fertility.

Pulteney Whisky, a Bridge, a Lighthouse and a Wealthy Baronet

Posted by on January 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sir William Pulteney: City and bridge of Bath: Wick & Pulteneytown and distillery: Thomas Telford: Bell Rock lighthouse: American ladn purchases: Robert Adam

Stratford-Upon-Avon: Birthplace of William Shakespeare:Author of the plays, Fact or Fiction

Posted by on January 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Shakespeare’s birthplace: Stratford-Upon-Avon: Garrick Inn: Touchstone the jester from As You Like It. Richard 111, not a hunchback. Died Battle of Bosworth Field 1485: Francis Bacon: Did he write the plays?