A walking tour of historic Southwark

Every district of London has its own identity. From upmarket Chelsea to the more working class areas of the East End. Southwark which as its name suggests is on the South bank of the river Thames was long seen as a rather disreputable area, home to theatres such as Shakespeare’s globe, the clink a notorious medieval prison and the barber surgeons of St. Thomas hospital.

Effigy of Shakespeare reclining in Southwark cathedral
Sculpture of William Shakespeare in Southwark cathedral

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Arnos vale cemetery, a walk to remember

Arnos vale a ghostly walk for Halloween

An Angel aat #Arno's vale cemetery

This is a Halloween special. A walk through Arnos vale the largest cemetery in Bristol. There are over 45,000 graves and monuments spread over 45 acres and over 300,000 people are remembered here. Continue reading “Arnos vale cemetery, a walk to remember”

An introduction to the history of Gloucester

The city of Gloucester has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times.

A skeleton displayed in Gloucester museum

The small English city of Gloucester is justifiably proud of its long history. In the centre of town  information boards give details of historical events and attractive modern mosaics on the pavements add a flavour of the past.

When we visited in early September they were celebrating Gloucester day which marks the end of the siege of Gloucester during the civil war and many people were in costume.

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Visiting Salisbury cathedral and medieval town centre

Salisbury is a small city in Wiltshire just eight miles from Stone Henge. The gothic cathedral boasts the highest spire in the U.K. and the best preserved copy of Magna Carta.

The beautiful gothic front of Salisbury cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury is a beautiful medieval town in Wiltshire just eight miles from Stone Henge. It is chiefly famous for its magnificent early English gothic cathedral which has the highest spire in England and the best preserved copy of Magna Carta.Last Saturday our walking group met at Salisbury railway station and set out to explore the historic centre of the city. We began by walking along one of Salisbury’s five small rivers to find the water meadow where Constable painted his famous view of Salisbury cathedral. Unfortunately the trees have grown since and I could not find  a hay cart or rainbow.

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Walking from Chew Magna to Pensford via Stanton Drew

This week we followed the river Chew from the Chew Valley reservoir to Pensford stopping to visit the stone circle at Stanton Drew.

In a recent poll the Chew Valley reservoir came near the top of places for Bristolians to visit. However the river Chew which runs through the Chew valley and feeds the reservoir is not very well known.  The Chew Valley has been in the news this weekend as a group of metal detectorists have discovered a hoard of silver coins dating back to the battle of Hastings and valued at about five million pounds.

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The disused railway viaduct at Pensford

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