“Upside down tanka” inspired by a visit to the British Museum to see the Sutton Hoo Helmet. Mounted inside its glass case this is the most famous, most iconic artefact from the Anglo Saxon era, and I stood in front… Read More ›
History Facts: #6 Cistercians, King John, and a Barn!
Yet another piece of history not far from our Lechlade village, the magnificent building which is The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn. 1. Built between 1300-1310 AD, 2. It formed part of the Faringdon estate of Cistercian monks 3. The monks… Read More ›
History Facts: #4 Anne Boleyn and The Cathedral of The Cotswolds
St John The Baptist Church, Cirencester, is the largest church in Gloucestershire and is often referred to as The Cathedral of the Cotswolds. Here are the most interesting facts about it. 1. The chancel was built in 12th Century 2…. 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 ›
Tour of England: Postcard #8 Rochester and The Medway
The 4th day of our South Coast of England Tour finds us in Rochester and Chatham on the banks of The Medway. Today we have two places to visit, Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral, both on the banks of the… Read More ›
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