Walthamstow – Morris And The Wild, Wild, Wetlands

“How can I ask working-men passing up and down hideous streets day by day to care about beauty? ” asks Morris. Morris, whose father is one of the many City […]

Walthamstow Village – Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Its 1720. Mr Jacobson has just settled down in his elegant home in Walthamstow to read the latest headlines about the spectacular burst of the South Sea bubble. A wealthy […]

Arundel Castle – A Reduced History From The Normans To The Norfolks

I’ve done a six-mile walk, from Arundel to Stoke, and now I must return, to the company of folk, I walk along a tunnel, of ferns and tall lithe trees, […]

Arundel – A Circular Walk To South Stoke

As my train approaches, the town of Arundel, the outline of its castle, casts me under a spell, My train is now a carriage, accompanied by knights, wooded dales stand […]

Kensington Palace – A Carousel Of Kings and Queens

There are many movies and stories about the second longest reigning British monarch. She becomes Empress of India, may or may not have become Mrs. Brown, controversially befriends Abdul Karim, […]

Kensington Palace Gardens – A Royal Garden Born From A Glorious Revolution

William the III of Orange sails over in 1688 with an armada 4 times larger than the Spanish one in 1588. A rather provocative entourage for one who has been […]

Blenheim – The Grand Old Dukes of Marlborough, Part II

“Oh the grand old Dukes of Marlborough, they had acres of land, they built a palace oh so grand, and appointed Lancelot, and when he was done, he was done, […]

Blenheim – The Grand Old Dukes of Marlborough, Part I

In a town along the Danube, in the depth of Bavaria, a man scrawls a note on the back of a tavern bill. It says “I have not time to […]

Sonning to Reading – Back to Prose and Reading

Having made it from Shiplake to Lower Shiplake, I must now get to Reading, my nearest station at 4 miles away. But I’m not complaining, as it promises to be […]