30 September marks the launch of Volume II of a book called Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors. It promises… Read More »Customs: the Harvest Supper (Shine on, Harvest Moon).
I like this Clerical Alphabet from Richard Newton, showing a wonderful set of clerics illustrating the following verses : A was archbishop, with a red… Read More »A Clerical Alphabet – more from the pen of Richard Newton
Spare a thought for the Old Bailey court officials in the Eighteenth Century, for theirs was not always an easy or pleasant task. Look no… Read More »Question: Was Sir Samuel Pennant a lousy Lord Mayor? No, but a louse may well have bitten him …
Visiting Quarry Bank near Manchester a few weeks ago reminded me that Manchester’s nick-name was ‘Cottonopolis’ because in the 1800’s it was the centre of… Read More »When cotton was King…. a visit to Quarry Bank Mill.
I have to start with a confession: I am not a lover of bag-pipes. Or accordions. Or indeed anything you have to squeeze in order… Read More »Accordion, hurdy gurdy, or piggy squeeze-bag?