Category Archives: history

Posts predominantly history related.

The life and grave of Little John of Robin Hood fame.

In the ancient ballads of Robin Hood, Little John is traditionally, second in command of Robin Hood’s legendary Merry Men. Little John appears in the very earliest of the surviving Robin Hood tales including the work of Andrew of Wyntoun … Continue reading

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War-Time Panic And The British Pet Massacre Of 1939.

There are many things that Britons have been labelled.  Napoleon said we were a nation of shopkeepers, he likely meant it as an insult.  We’re also famously a nation of gardeners and compared to most others, animal lovers.  Perhaps it … Continue reading

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Safety For The Dead

On the 29th December I arrived in London a little early for my tour that day so spent an hour or two exploring and sight-seeing myself , at least what passes for sight-seeing if you are a bit of a … Continue reading

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The Roman Wall in an Underground London Car Park

In those few days between Christmas and New Years Day when it seems I am about the only person at work in London, I gave myself extra time to get into the city before meeting my tourists.   Normally busy … Continue reading

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Cheers to pub signs!

As we near the darkest and coldest nights in the U.K. many of us will be spending at least some times in pubs.   This would have been even more the case in years gone by.   There have been … Continue reading

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Finding the ruins of Whitefriars beneath the streets of London

Most people have heard of that very busy part of London known as Blackfriars but fewer know of Whitefriars.  It should be said that the colour here is nothing at all relating to the skin of the friars but rather … Continue reading

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My new Nursery Rhyme Tour of London

It’s at this time of year where as near as possible I have a slightly easier life.  Fewer tourists though doesn’t mean I’m not working.  In an ideal world I would be using January to write books but I’m still … Continue reading

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