I coined the expression Imaginative Ancestry a couple of years ago as I sought to understand better the lives of my ancestors and the environment in which they lived. It means creating a picture in your mind’s eye of the… Read More ›
Wines of England: #3 Stopham Vineyard, Pinot Gris
My virtual tour of England’s vineyards was part of our Christmas wine choices and included Stopham Vineyard, nestled in the South Downs of Sussex on the south coast of England, a 15 acres site planted with 21,000 vines in 2007…. Read More ›
History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint
Minster Lovell is a small village and parish situated in the Windrush Valley, and midway between the towns of Burford and Witney in Oxfordshire. It’s divided into three parts, Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster with a combined population… Read More ›
History Facts: #1 Saxons, Carols and Thieves.
I’m often saddened that our Saxon churches haven’t survived through the centuries, but it’s not so surprising considering that many were either built from wood, or that after 1066 the Norman invaders thought them too simple and rebuilt them. However,… Read More ›
Was this the birthplace of a revolution that changed the world?
Coalbrookdale is a truly significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution. It was here that Abraham Darby changed ironmaking by using coke instead of charcoal and his original furnace is preserved as a historic reminder.
This is how to meet your ancestors!
Probably the best outdoor museum in England, Blists Hill in the Ironbridge Gorge is a reconstructed Victorian Town where you can relive a typical day in shops, a pub, a working foundry, and even buy fish and chips old style.
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