The Thames Estuary – Thorpe Bay To Southchurch and Prittlewell

0 Not many have heard of Prittlewell. Unless one is a Southend United fan (the grounds are in Prittlewell), or if one lived in the medieval priory here when it […]

The Green Chain Walk – Mottingham to Eltham via a Palace

0 The first royal born at Eltham Palace in 1316 is John of Eltham, the second son of Edward II and Queen Isabella. From then, and until the Tudor Henry […]

The Thames Estuary – Leigh On Sea and Hadleigh Castle

0 When word arrives that Princess Beatrice and Ralph de Binley are in the village of [1] Leigh waiting to sail to France, the guards at [2] Hadleigh Castle are […]

Belgravia – Cubitt’s Squares

From a dangerous swamp in the Middle Ages, #Belgravia gets handed over to the #Grosvenors as part of a marriage dowry. Part Two wanders amongst the grand white stuccos and the story of #ThomasCubitt and his wonderful #Belgravia #squares.

Winchester – Bishops In A City of Flowers

0 The bishops of medieval Winchester are influential, powerful and rich. They own stretches of land from Somerset to London, including around 60 manors. To put it into perspective, the […]

Belgravia – A Dangerous Swamp

0 It’s the Middle Ages. The Westbourne flows by [1] Sloane Square. Blandell Bridge is nothing more than a plank across the river. Around are wide, open fields. It’s pleasant […]

Winchester – The Capital City Of Wessex

0 [1] Winchester is such a historical city, that I can’t visit it without mentioning the Gauls, the Romans and the Anglo Saxons. They are the building blocks of this […]

A Crescent Shaped Stroll Around Aldwych

0 For a short crescent, it’s jam packed with stories. King Alfred the Great once walked amongst his people here. A church at one end of Aldwych dedicates itself to […]

Cliveden – Bluebells and Astors

0 When his father dies in 1890, William Waldorf Astor becomes the richest man in America. His father’s passing also kicks off a family feud as to who should be […]