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Wandering back in time – through a real medieval village ~ Alli Templeton

Reblogged from Medieval Wanderings: Writing about Easter in the Middle Ages has got me thinking about village life back then. It’s harder to pin down the lives of ordinary medieval people because they left little of themselves behind. I’ve walked … Continue reading

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Loyalty and Betrayal at Old Sarum ~ Alli Templeton

Reblogged from Medieval Wanderings: With my Low Castles warning light flickering again, this weekend meant seeking out some castle therapy. Old Sarum is unique. Its ruins crown the summit of an Iron Age hillfort in the rolling Wiltshire countryside near … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: Desormais…

Desormais…henceforth…that is the motto over the gatehouse at Skipton Castle. It was probably the first word of French that I learned as a child and almost certainly the first I remember seeing written… even though it is written in stone.  … Continue reading

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A visit to Somerton – Symbolic mystery

If the exterior of Somerton church is unusual, the same can definitely be said of the interior. At first glance, it seems a simple place…a country church with much history and little ostentation. It is only when you start exploring … Continue reading

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A visit to Somerton

About twenty miles away from my home is the Oxfordshire village of Somerton. I had been there once before, a couple of years earlier, when a sign saying ‘historic church’ had sidetracked me on the way home from the north. … Continue reading

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Size matters

In our modern world, when we are accustomed to seeing skyscrapers on every skyline, size seems to have lost much of its potency.  Giant airliners fly overhead carrying hundreds of passengers. The biggest cruise ship could hold the entire population … Continue reading

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About time – Lichfield cathedral

I had been going to do it for ages. Almost every trip north for the past few years has seen me take the back roads rather than the motorway…and with each trip the three carved spires have drawn my eye … Continue reading

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Resident beauty

The great houses and stately homes are all very well in their way, but the real joy of our visit to Dunham Massey was the deer park. The first recorded mention of the park that surrounds the house dates back … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion- Day 3: Climbing the tower

We decided to climb the tower of Chester Cathedral. The 216 steps to the top allow you through narrow passageways that have been closed to the public for a thousand years. We climbed the spiral staircase where hanks of black … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion- Day 3: Chester Cathedral

We should have known, of course, right from the first. It was there, written in flowers and earth… but although we saw, we didn’t see. How could we? Such signs and portents seldom become clear until after the fact and … Continue reading

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