The Country Wife

Tucked quietly away in a corner of Berkshire is an amazing textile mural called The Country Wife. It is currently being renovated by volunteer embroiderers with the hope that one day it will be put on public display for the general public to marvel over. The National...

St George – not just the patron saint of England

We often think that St George is exclusively “ours” – he is after all the patron saint of England. However, he is also venerated in many places across former Roman Empire and it is wonderful to see the different interpretations of his life. Last week...

Reluctant to Reform

Although the tempestuous political atmosphere of the last few months has now died down, the desire for political reform is still rumbling on amongst disappointed voters. Yes, it is difficult to understand that the country is to be run by a party which garnered just...

Conventicles – Secret Religious Meetings

What was a conventicle? I really should have used this strangely evocative word in the description of the murder of Richard Habin in South Street, because it sums up precisely those meetings that he so enjoyed spying on! Very simply, a conventicle was a secret or...

Attack in South Street ….

Whilst carrying out research for my new walking tour of South Street – Commerce, Church and Crime I discovered, with a little help from a friend, some far more interesting details about a murder than I had previously really known. As long as it happened...

Richmond House, Whitehall

This is view of Richmond House, the Department for Health, located at 79 Whitehall, London. Did you know that this is the site of one of the grandest houses of the 18th Century? Of course, the name gives it away… The previous Richmond House was designed by Lord...