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Parish Boundary Markers Bristol

Parish Boundary Markers Bristol

I love obscure bits of history, and parish boundary markers are great because you really have to poke around with your eyes open to spot them. They were used to mark the parish boundaries of mediaeval cities, to establish who had to pay church rates, who attended churches, and as legal documents in property sales. … Continue reading


A True Romance

A True Romance

Here’s some rather wonderful images from Winchester Cathedral. Many old churches have lovely carved tombs to dead crusaders, but this one, remembering the Earl of Arundel and his second wife Eleanor, from about 1307 is rather special. Despite their wealth they left instructions to be buried together without pomp. She has her legs crossed, like … Continue reading

Unearthing Medieval Trellech

Unearthing Medieval Trellech

This is from Wednesday’s i paper and is a fantastic example of the value of so-called amateurs, and how much can be achieved by local communities. It was a medieval mystery that baffled experts for decades. Now a history fan has finally unearthed the priceless remains of a lost city- thanks to a colony of … Continue reading

Extincting Wolves in England & Wales

This is from Sports and Pastimes of he People of England, published in 1801. My previous post listed a lot of animals of the hunt, but wolves were absent, apparently because they were already hunted to extinction. It is generally admitted that Edgar gave up the fine of gold and silver imposed by his uncle … Continue reading

The Kelpie of Slit Rig

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border Slit rig takes its rise on the Lindbergh Hill, on the northern side of the Liddesdale watershed, a hill of old the known resort of the Good People, whose piping and revels might often be heard by the solitary shepherd. The rivulet is said to well … Continue reading

Monk’s Stone at Tynemouth Priory

This is some more from Highways & Byways of Northumberland. This legend gives an insight into monkish life. I love some of the spelling- phonetic, so tells us how they used to speak.  “This is a sandstone pillar, the remains of an ancient cross at the base of which used to be the words so familiar … Continue reading

Dunwich by Many Names

This is some more from Rowland Parker’s The Men of Dunwich, about the town that thrived as a ship building port before the sea ate it. Dunwich eventually finds its place on the map… in or about the year 630 A.D., when it was called Dommoc. Or something similar. Bede was the first person to … Continue reading

Christianity and the Calendar

Ten centuries of confusion in the Christian Calendar may well be drawing to the end when the Archbishop of Canterbury meeting with Popes of the Catholic and Coptic churches to decide on a fixed date for easter. This is from the i newspaper; Easter is not only celebrated n different dates from year to year, … Continue reading

Italian Legacy

The British are often blamed for a lot of the social and political mess today, in particular, the resentment against ‘Western’ civilisation. But the Italians messed things up long before this. This is from The Medieval World Europe 1100-1350 by Frederick Heer: “The Italians left one dangerous legacy to Western Europe as a whole. The … Continue reading

The Young need their Butterflies

It is often hard to make sense of how children fitted into society inthe past – we are told that teenagers were invented in the late 1950s, we are told that children were not valued or loved because they often died young, they are often depicted as little adults. But this story shows something else: … Continue reading