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Curious English Laws

This is some more from Thomas Platter’s Travels in England 1599. Not sure about this first law. A handless man may be able to read, but can’t turn the pages.  There are many curious laws and customs in England which fill up many volumes, for my part I will only relate what was told me. If … Continue reading


Fresh Fish in Elizabeth’s London

This is an oddity on food from Thomas Platter’s Travels in England 1599. This suggests ways of supplying fresh fish when the fleet were unable to sail, especially in bad weather.  At the fishmarket, in a long street, I saw a quantity of pike up for sale; they are very fond of this, and call … Continue reading

Mount Stuart and its Archives

This is an article on the family home of the Bute family who owned fantastic amounts of property including Cardiff Castle, paid for by the local coal industry. This is from Saturday’s i paper: Tucked away down a winding corridor inside Mount Stuart, a sprawling 19th century neo-gothic mansion off the west coast of Scotland … Continue reading

Turkish Archery in London

This is from Sports and Pastimes of England, with a rare personal anecdote on a sport which had apparently all but died out by then: I remember about 4 or 5 years back [ie since 1800] at a meeting of the society of archers, in their ground near Bedford Square, the Turkish ambassador paid them … Continue reading

Tudor Recreations

Before the Reformation it seems our ancestors’ lives were largely structured round work and religious festivals. After the dissolution, there were ongoing debates as to how people – especially the ignorant masses – were allowed to spend their time. This is from Sports & Pastimes of the People of England, citing Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, published in … Continue reading

St Mary’s Church, Tenby

St Mary’s Church, Tenby

This is an incredibly well preserved large church in the centre of this walled town on the coast of West Wales. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a leaflet explaining the church, the notes I took were without  my reading glasses and I was exhausted by the time I got there, and their website is so busy … Continue reading

Shakespeare on the Mersey

Here’s a great new discovery, again from the i newspaper: “Shakespeare may have debuted several of his most famous plays in a small town near Liverpool. Plans are now afoot to re-create a period theatre in Prescot, Merseyside. Over 400 years ago, the Playhouse in Prescot, Knowsley, was the only purpose-built indoor theatre outside of … Continue reading

Tudor Forest

I can’t remember the name of this place, somewhere on the way back from Llangollen to Newport. A beautiful forest full of the scent of pine after too long in a hot bus. It had this fantastic Tudor building, protected by a concrete base, now used as a toilet block. This view made me realize … Continue reading

Time and Death in Tudor Images

Time and Death in Tudor Images

Memorials in old churchyards often show images of hour glasses or old father time, but here’s a family portrait in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from the Tudor age which shows a clock, which may suggest that clocks were taking over in this imagery, or it may be that this was a wealthy family … Continue reading

1000 Years of Popular Music

This is a dvd & 2 Cd set by English guitarist/songwriter/ folkie Richard Thompson, with Judith Owen on vocals & keyboards and Debra Dobkin on percussion and vocals. It was inspired by Playboy magazine asking Thompson to provide a list of the 10 greatest songs of the millennium. As the ever iconoclastic Thompson writes : … Continue reading