Although Dickens wouldn’t recognize London should he return today, we are lucky enough to be able to suss out some of the haunts, alleyways, streets, pubs and inns, mentioned in the books, many of which survive, although what the Blitzkrieg couldn’t destroy, the city planners have almost managed to accomplish.
A long, high wall covered with Royal Doulton ceramic plaques, decorated in burnt orange and blue, names, ages, occupations and means of death engraved on the tiles – this is the Wall of Heroic Remembrance. Tragedy after tragedy told in a few simple phrases, greets the eye, unsung heroes indeed, workers and children caught up in a drowning, a fire, or a runaway horse saga, who had saved someone’s life by giving their own.
It seems a shame that King Alfred, the man who defeated the Danes and united the English, has gone down in popular history merely as the man who burnt the cakes. But the city he made his capital does the man proud and it is impossible to stroll through the ancient streets of Winchester and … Continue reading Winchester, Ancient Capital of Wessex
Needing to get some photographs for an article on pretty Kent villages, took myself off to the Weald last week only to find that places like Tenterden and Biddenden had thrown themselves into Jubilee mode with a vengeance. Medieval doorways draped with the Union Jack, windows bedecked with red, white and blue ribbons, and bunting … Continue reading Ellen Terry Museum, Smallhythe Place, Kent