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 River Medway in this lovely old town of Saxon beginnings. But the Cathedral contains a … Continue reading Tour of England: Postcard #8 Rochester and The Medway

Local:Favourite Photo 2016 and Medieval Political Correctness


Favourite Photo 2016 and Medieval Political Correctness I suppose its that time of the year when we all look back a little as well as forwards to review the “best bits” of the previous year. So, best overall holiday was in Burgundy, best city visited was Budapest, best winemaker visited, best book read, etc etc. A … Continue reading Local:Favourite Photo 2016 and Medieval Political Correctness

Local: The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn


Yet another piece of history not far from our Lechlade village, the magnificent building which is The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn. Built between 1300-1310 AD, it formed part of the Faringdon estate of Cistercian monks granted a royal charter by King John of Magna Carta fame in 1203 AD. William Morris called it "the most … Continue reading Local: The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn

Local:Churches as history teachers


Did you know that in medieval times the interior walls of churches were painted with the equivalent of PowerPoint presentations for a congregation who couldn't read, or that lych gates were built at church entrances to store corpses before burial and that the word "lych" is old Saxon for corpse? Or that locally, John Keble … Continue reading Local:Churches as history teachers