• Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

    Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

    In 2003 the BBC produced a docudrama about Seven Wonders of the Industrial World that changed the face of the modern civilisation during the Industrial Revolution. All but one remain in use to this day.

     
  • Rags to Ditches: Mysterious Celtic Clootie Wells

    Rags to Ditches: Mysterious Celtic Clootie Wells

    Even in our modern world, an ancient Celtic tradition that transcends paganism and Christianity persists in the British Isles. Characterised by strips of cloth or rags hanging from trees, clootie wells remain places of pilgrimage reputedly bestowed with magical healing properties.

     
  • Up in Flames: Hastings Pier, RIP

    Up in Flames: Hastings Pier, RIP

    It was the jewel in Hasting’s crown, but after a devastating fire several days ago the historic pier is now little more than a skeletal wreck. In this article, sadly adding one more to our previous post about Three Peeling Pleasure Piers, we take a look at Hastings Pier during better times, and the financial troubles that led to its abandonment and ultimate destruction.

     
  • A Brief History of London Bridge – and its Forgotten Stones

    A Brief History of London Bridge – and its Forgotten Stones

    One fell down, one was sold to a wealthy American, and the latest incarnation still spans the River Thames to this day. But what is less well known is that stone pillars cut for London Bridge but ultimately unused lie forgotten in their rural quarry to this day.

     
  • 45 Captivating Images of England’s North Country

    45 Captivating Images of England’s North Country

    The North of England is a wild and windswept region, tempered by the relative civility of Roman occupation and forged thereafter by centuries of bloodshed. From Viking raiders to the Norman Conquest and the Border Wars to the Victorians, history and folklore are intricately woven within the fabric of this rugged region.

     
  • 6 Fiery Festivals and Ancient Midsummer Traditions

    6 Fiery Festivals and Ancient Midsummer Traditions

    Midsummer has long been a time when myth and reality converge, when deities dance in woodlands and fiery festivities mark the advent of Midsummer’s Day. Primarily a European tradition, different countries have their own unique and often colourful take on this festival. Let’s take a look at six of them.

     
  • The Fisherman’s Chapel and Maritime Myth

    The Fisherman’s Chapel and Maritime Myth

    Our oceans abound with myth and legend, some of them mainstream and others obscure. But if there is one thing that can be said with any certainty, it is that mariners throughout the ages have been highly superstitious, and often very religious, types. Here we take a look at a selection of fisherman’s chapels where mariners would pray before venturing out on the ocean waves.

     
  • Rumoured Top Secret Aircraft That Probably Never Flew

    Rumoured Top Secret Aircraft That Probably Never Flew

    There is nothing more fascinating in the aviation world than the “black projects” – aircraft programs that are so secret that even those with the highest security clearance have no idea they exist. But occasionally the veil of secrecy is accidentally lifted, offering a fleeting glimpse into this shadowy world. Here we take to the air with six of the world’s most classified aircraft (assuming they exist, that is!).

     
  • Drinking with Kings: 5 Fantastic Medieval Pubs

    Drinking with Kings: 5 Fantastic Medieval Pubs

    As many people know, the local pub is the cornerstone of British culture. Not only that, the country itself is rather old, meaning you can pop for a pint at establishments formerly visited by the likes of King Richard the Lionheart and Oliver Cromwell. Here is an assortment of medieval ale houses to whet your appetite as we near the weekend.

     
 


 
 
 

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