• Gardens

    Walks and wild plants

    During lockdown we have been restricted to walking in the local area. This has really made me pay attention to the countryside around me. As a Facebook user, I started what I called…

  • Gardens

    Borde Hill Garden

    Borde Hill Gardens were created in the early 1900s. The House is Elizabethan, built in 1598. A listed building, still lived in by the Stephenson Clarke family. It was bought by Colonel Stephenson…

  • People

    Maud de Braose

    Apparently every aristocratic family in Europe can trace Maud de Braose as an ancestor. I can’t verify that, but looking at Medieval genealogies, the Norman family trees are hopelessly interconnected. It certainly seems…

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    Corfe Castle

    Always a favourite that I’ve visited many times over the years. It dominates the Isle of Purbeck as you approach. Even on Geography fieldtrips along the wonderful Jurassic Coast, a nod to Corfe…

  • Castles

    Wigmore Castle

    This is another of the Marcher Castles built by William fitz Osbern. I wrote a little about him in relation to Chepstow Castle so I won’t repeat myself. Founded in 1067, it was…

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    Ludlow Castle

    I’ve been to this one several times. A great favourite in a lovely town with an annual Medieval ‘Fayre’… what’s not to love? Castles in the Welsh Marches were always of great importance,…