Category Archives: medieval wall paintings

A Thousand Miles of History XV: Under one roof…

We had finally found breakfast in a little café that doubled as a bakery, gallery and bookstore… and there can be no better combination. Well fortified for the rest of the day, we strolled back into the misty little town … Continue reading

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A visit to Haddon Hall

It was the morning after the Riddles of the Night* workshop that I have shared again here over the past week or so. We always feel the need to ‘come down’ after these weekends and wandered out into the landscape. … Continue reading

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St Albans – “Count the stars…”

The fourth post on our visit to the Abbey of St Albans a few years ago. Parts One , Two and Three can be found by clicking the highlighted links. We had finally made it into the Crossing at the centre … Continue reading

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St Albans – ‘Not built by hands…’

The third post on our visit to the Abbey of St Albans a few years ago. Parts One and Two can be found by clicking the highlighted links. “Look,” said my companion, pointing at two small figures in a pair … Continue reading

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Fragments of history

Over the past month or so, we have been revisiting places in my local area in preparation for the April workshop we will be running here. There are so many wonderful sites that we would love to include, but time … Continue reading

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A flying visit – The Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon

I mentioned that, during our visit to Stratford upon Avon, we had wandered off on our way back to the car, drawn by the tower of a small church. It had proved a profitable detour, bringing us to an old … Continue reading

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Where were we? Skeletons and Templars

We had lunch at the thatched pub in Chearsley, a place that may be the site of the battle where the first  Saxon king of Wessex, Cerdic and his son, Cynric fought the Britons in 527… Arthurian times. The inn … Continue reading

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Where were we? Hidden history …

My guest and I were out soon after lunch and heading towards the terminal blandness of Milton Keynes. I wouldn’t normally inflict such a place on a guest…this is one of the ‘new towns’ of the 1960s, its roads laid … Continue reading

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Where were we? ‘Midsomer’ in spring…

“May I help you?” The stern voice sounded more ominous than helpful, slicing the serene silence of the old church. The warden towered over the suspicious individual who was pulling up the heavy iron grate at the base of the … Continue reading

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Little gems – St Lawrence, Broughton

I’m heading north this morning for the monthly meeting of the Silent Eye as we gear up towards the annual April Workshop in Derbyshire. There are one or two things we have in mind to see while I’m up there… … Continue reading

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