St Mary Aldermary, City of London

If you ever have a few free moments close to St Paul’s in the City of London pop in to this wonderful church just over the road from Mansion House Tube! Great place for a breather and cup of tea! What an amazing ceiling! Late Perpendicular, this Wren church...

Sancta Maria de Arcubus

Or in the vernacular – St Mary of the Arches… Or St Mary le Bow …. Or as most of us know it – St Mary Bow Bell in the heart of the City of London. To be a true Cockney one must be born within earshot of the sound of Bow Bells. The sound of the...

Disease and Death in Chichester

I was conducting a tour of the back streets of Chichester last Sunday, describing how, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the foul River Lavant that flows beneath parts of the City contaminated the lives of the Cicestrians. Then I remembered that I had not got around to...

Trench Talk: Words of the First World War

There is such an interesting article in the Sunday paper today – all about the words and phrases which first sprung to life in the trenches of the First World War and how we still use them while chatting today. It seems that the vocabularies of wartime soldiers...

“Tides of War” by Stella Tillyard

I had planned to relax in the garden this summer and read as much as time would allow. Well summer seems to have passed me by and I really can’t remember more than a couple of days when it was warm enough to laze around reading. Hence the paucity of books...