Highgate and Archway – Ghosts and Graves (Part Two)

0 When William the Conqueror does exactly what his title says and conquers England in 1066, he seizes property and land from the existing Saxon manors and landlords. He then […]

Highgate and Archway – Ghosts and Graves (Part One)

0 A disillusioned young lad creeps out of the home of his wealthy master. Despite his hard labour, he is poorly paid and can no longer tolerate the beatings by […]

The South Bank (Part One) – Westminster Bridge To Hungerford Bridge

0 1500 years pass before a second bridge is built over the Thames in central London. Until then, London Bridge is the solitary bridge on this side of town since […]

Walthamstow Village – Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

0 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 […]

Kensington Palace – A Carousel Of Kings and Queens

0 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 […]

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

0 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 […]

Harrow – Rayner’s Lane To Ickenham Through Willow Trees

0 The willow tree is my idea of a gardener’s dream plant. By simply sticking a twig in the ground, a tree will grow. It’s also where aspirin was derived […]

Holland Park – Party in the Park

0 My mission the other day to discover the Dutch origins of Holland Park got no further than spotting some tulips in pots and gardens. Pretty as they were, they […]