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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What’s on in Bristol this Christmas

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bristol

The singing reindeer in Broadmead #Bristol Christmas shopping
Singing reindeer in Broadmead

It is almost the end of November and like it or not that means Christmas has arrived in Bristol. Personally I think the shopping centres are looking particularly festive this year and I thought I would go for a stroll with my camera, have a gingerbread latte and share a few photos and two competitions. Continue reading “What’s on in Bristol this Christmas”

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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