Category Archives: history

WHITBY ABBEY

  Who would have thought that a Gothic ruins of an Abbey in Yorkshire would lead me to the earliest named English poet?  Apparently, between 658 and 680, Streaneschalch ( later Whitby) Monastery gave rise to the works of an … Continue reading

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IMMIGRATION

I was recently inspired by a visit to Chester Cathedral. An exhibition makes clear that  compassion for new immigrants is alive and well in their community .It addresses fear of the unknown, fear of a different language, fear of  an exotic race, colour … Continue reading

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BLENHEIM PALACE

One’s first impression of Blenheim Palace at Oxfordshire is of the monumental size and antiquity. It is arguably most famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Much is made of the ‘small’ room which greeted his early arrival. … Continue reading

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JEVINGTON SUSSEX

On our quest to trace Vine ancestors at Jevington, we spent a night at Hastings. It was my first visit and we were amazed by then tall black timber sheds for storage of seafaring equipment in days when everything was … Continue reading

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OUR TOUR GROUP

Half the fun of travelling on an organized tour is the company, sharing stories and adventures, while engaging in that great sport of people watching. Folk on the trip came from Canada, South Africa, Australia, US, Singapore. Over the course … Continue reading

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