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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


Offa’s Dyke

This is a wall – or monument, barrier, that is generally believed to have been built by the Mercian king Offa to separate Wales from England, and that, like Hadrian’s Wall, to have run from sea to sea. But the story is far less clear or straightforward. This is from an article by Chris Catling … Continue reading

A Book Review on National Radio!

A Book Review on National Radio!

I sent a copy of my ’13 Fascinating Walks in Central Bristol’ to Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconi as they will be in Bristol for the 6 music festival in a few weeks. They were delighted by the walks, guide, calling it “Truly a lovely thing” and threatened to do at least one of the … Continue reading

Modern Pilgrims

This is from the i newspaper last Tuesday, about the revival worldwide of pilgrimages, following the routes used by Christians, but not necessarily by Christians: “Pilgrimages could be set for a revival in Britain – starting with a historic route through the South Downs. People are being urged to walk the UK’s ancient pilgrimage routes … Continue reading

Traditions in our genes

I just saw a pair of young women ambling down my road  dragging sticks. I thought they had wheels on the end of them, so were measuring the oath, like surveyor s. But they had chalk so were making lines on the uneven terrain. I asked them what they were doing – marking the boundaries … Continue reading

Halloway Holloway

Here’ s a lovely leafy lane, one of the many which you can sometimes stumble upon. In summer they are a welcome respite from the sun, but in winter turn into a bog or stream between high banks. These were mostly paths for clerics and pilgrims centuries ago, as they were the majority of travellers … Continue reading

Bristol Gate

I used to know one of the guys who invented this. A great compromise for farmers & walkers. No more scrambling over broken stiles, esp for large groups

Third Star

There used to be a rhyme about France’s most famous actor, ‘I think that I will never view/ A French film without Depardieu’. Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming similarly omnipresent in films on both sides of the Atlantic, but this is one that is little known. He plays James, a nice middle class lad who is … Continue reading

Abduction and Brawl

The book The Wealth of Wives, by Barbara A Hanawalt goes into great detail about the inheritance of orphans so it is no surprise that some people were tempted to take advantage of them, by abduction. Most were non violent, but this example shows how badly things could go: “Emma, daughter of the late Robert … Continue reading