Leicester (Richard III)

The single most extraordinary story I have ever come across began on a late summer morning in 2012. I have been enthralled by the remarkable events which took place ever since and it continues to capture imaginations. It all began in the relatively small, easterly midlands city of Leicester. Not exactly a quiet English backwater […]

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Hopestone – Ipstones

The Hopestone is a curious rock standing alongside a modern far on Park Lane, between the village of Ipstones and Foxt. This natural rock outcrop, vaguely resembling the head of a man, may be the ‘ upper stone’ or ‘yppe’ which is referred to in the origin of the name Ipstones This place could have been […]

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Windywaycross – Ipstones Edge

On Ipstones Edge, high on the Staffordshire Moorlands stands what is said to be an early Christian Standing stone which dates to around 1,200 years ago. It is thought that the stone is a ‘Menhir’ or ‘Monolith’ – a name in Western Europe for a single upright stone erected in prehistoric times. It is remarkably […]

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Roman Amphitheatre, Chester

Impressive remains of the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain can be found on the site of a busy modern roundabout in the ancient city of Chester. The Romans founded the city as ‘Deva Victrix’ in AD 79 as a fortress during their expansion north. It was an important strategic site for Rome’s ambition to conquer Ireland. It […]

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39 Bridge Street, Chester

On Chester’s busy Bridge street, in the historic centre of the city, a building housing a an everyday fish and chip shop is curiously listed in England’s National Heritage register as a Grade I listed site. Everything appears normal as you enter and I am certain thousands of people have happily eaten their fish and […]

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Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is my favourite building in Staffordshire. I have always been fascinated with this place and have memories as old as I can remember of visiting on a school trip one summer and of magical, late night Christmas Carol services with my family. It is the only English cathedral to have three spires and […]

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Conwy Castle

“Now that’s what you call a Castle“ Us, on the approach to the town and the castle – 14th March 2020 Conwy castle is one of the great castles of Wales and one of the most impressive within the United Kingdom. (Wales, and in particular North Wales, is for my money the ‘Castle Capital’ of […]

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Old Oswestry Hillfort

This place is one of the best preserved and most impressive Iron Age hill forts in the country and is the predecessor to the ancient town of Oswestry on the English and Welsh border. It is known as the “Stonehenge of the Iron Age” Over 2,800 years ago this now deserted hill was home to […]

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Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle possesses centuries of fascinating history and has guarded the entrance to the Ceiriog valley for over 700 years. The castle is an indestructible link in the chain of fortresses guarding the Welsh border. There is a heavy, foreboding air to the place and all around is a sense of enduring power – the […]

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Ancient High House

The Ancient High House in Stafford is the largest remaining Elizabethan timber framed town house in England. Walking through its doors on Stafford’s main Greengate Street is like stepping back right into the Elizabethan and Stuart era. The fact the building is still standing is testament to the carpentry and engineering skills of the craftsmen […]

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St Mary de Castro, Leicester

Visiting Leicester and its ancient Castle I discovered what is, up until now, my favourite church I have ever set foot in. It had a historical ambience to it quite unlike any other church of its kind. The name of the church literally translates to ‘Mary of the Castle’, a title that was given to […]

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Blore Heath Battlefield

The Battle of Blore Heath was the second battle of the Wars of the Roses and it’s bloodiest yet. Over 3,000 men died viciously fighting in these fields on a cold, late September afternoon, 560 years ago. Local legend has it that the streams and watercourses around the area ran red with blood for three […]

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