Whittington Castle ~ 12th Century Moated Castle Ruins on Iron Age Site #Photography #Historic

People have been living on the site for over 2000 years, originally in Iron Age settlements comprising of thatched roundhouses. The first castle, a motte and bailey, which was a wooden tower situated on raised ground with a walled courtyard was erected in 1115 to defend against the Welsh. Subsequent generations improved and enlarged each … Continue reading Whittington Castle ~ 12th Century Moated Castle Ruins on Iron Age Site #Photography #Historic

Windleshaw Chantry ~ #Historic Building #Photography

Windleshaw Chantry is a small enclosed graveyard with the ruins of the original chapel, adjoining the cemetery in the town where I grew up.  Dating from the early 15th century, the Chantry was built by Sir Thomas Gerard, as far as I can gather for masses to be said for himself, his wife and his ancestors, … Continue reading Windleshaw Chantry ~ #Historic Building #Photography

A Memorable, and Moving, Visit to the National #Memorial #Arboretum #Remembrance

The National Memorial Arboretum is a year round centre of remembrance. As you might imagine there are hundreds of memorials, all in beautiful grounds and woodland. Here are just a few... The Armed Forces Memorial is an impressive structure, surrounded by columnular trees. Many more are dotted around the impressive grounds, including those for the … Continue reading A Memorable, and Moving, Visit to the National #Memorial #Arboretum #Remembrance

#SpotlightFeature ~ The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino @aridagni #GuestPost #FridayReads

Today I'm showcasing The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino, described as ' a hybrid form that mixes history, science, magic & the love for the outdoors.' I asked Arianna if she could tell us about the inspiration for The Afrikaner and her time as an international reporter... Landing from what was then regarded as “enlightened”, free … Continue reading #SpotlightFeature ~ The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino @aridagni #GuestPost #FridayReads

#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Visit to the Historic City of Stirling #Scotland #Places #Photography

A different throwback thursday this week, looking back to October 2017 when we spent a few days in Scotland. One of the places we visited was Stirling. The approach to Stirling is impressive with this incredible view of Stirling Castle perched on top of the cliff. Its position was important in the line of defence … Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday ~ A Visit to the Historic City of Stirling #Scotland #Places #Photography

Beeston Castle and Roundhouse #History #Photography

Imagine this hilltop about 1000BC. No castle of course, but the hilltop was occupied and fortified. By 800 BC the roundhouses were built and between 650 - 250 BC an iron age hillfort was created as defences improved. Construction of the medieval castle began in 1220 AD by the Earl of Chester and these are … Continue reading Beeston Castle and Roundhouse #History #Photography

A visit to the #GraceDarling Museum in Bamburgh #History #Photography

We had a very interesting visit to the small but very informative RNLI Grace Darling museum during our last trip to Bamburgh. Free entry, lots of historical details, exhibits and videos and friendly staff ensure a pleasant experience. Donations are welcomed but not obligatory and there's a small shop area as you enter. There are … Continue reading A visit to the #GraceDarling Museum in Bamburgh #History #Photography

Bella Toscana by Nanette Littlestone #Romance Across The Ages #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads

Author: Nanette Littlestone Published: December 2018 by Words of Passion Category: Contemporary, Romance, History, Book Review An explosive yearning that can't be denied Disturbing visions from an ancient past A mysterious stranger that somehow feels familiar On the night of her fiftieth birthday, the comfortable ride of Toscana's life takes an alarming plunge. Haunted by … Continue reading Bella Toscana by Nanette Littlestone #Romance Across The Ages #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads

Whitby Abbey Ruins #Photography Yorkshire

The impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey are perched on a headland overlooking the town of Whitby and the North Sea, and are said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, along with certain areas of the town.  Bronze age archaeological finds confirm the site was settled during that period. The Abbey was originally … Continue reading Whitby Abbey Ruins #Photography Yorkshire

Katharina: Deliverance (Katharina #1) by Margaret Skea #HistoricalFiction @margaretskea1 #FridayReads

Author: Margaret Skea Published: October 2017 by Sanderling Books Category: Historical Fiction, Book Review Following the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage, five-year-old Katharina is placed in the convent at Brehna. She will never see her father again. Sixty-five miles away, at Erfurt in Thuringia, Martin Luder, a promising young law student, turns … Continue reading Katharina: Deliverance (Katharina #1) by Margaret Skea #HistoricalFiction @margaretskea1 #FridayReads

Plas Mawr ~ #Historic House in Conwy #Elizabethan #Photography #Ghosts

I hadn’t gone out with the intention of taking photographs, so didn’t have my camera. This was too good an opportunity to miss though, so out came the phone. Plas Mawr was thought to be the finest town house of the Elizabethan period in Britain.  The owner, Robert Wynn, was a prosperous merchant who loved … Continue reading Plas Mawr ~ #Historic House in Conwy #Elizabethan #Photography #Ghosts