Monday Mystery: Well? What well?

Last time we visited the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, we came across an old map of the shores of (Lake) Windermere between Windermere (town) and Ambleside. It dated from sometime in the 18th or early 19th century, I think - well before the area started to become more developed after the... Continue Reading →

A boatiful new museum?

Sorry about the pun - I couldn't resist. It's true though - there's a new museum right here in Windermere that is both beautiful and full of boats! This is Windermere Jetty (full name Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories), which has appeared on the site of the old Steamboat Museum like a... Continue Reading →

The Romans at Ribchester

Last November we had the opportunity to gatecrash a fascinating talk by the Archaeology Department of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) on their ongoing summer excavations at Ribchester. For those of you who don't know, Ribchester is a pretty village in the Ribble valley to the east of Preston, and as the name suggests,... Continue Reading →

Monday mystery: what is this building?

When we visited Grange-over-Sands the other week I was intrigued by one particular building. This was a fairly substantial stone-built barn or workshop, on a corner of Hampsfell Road just off the main 'drag' of the town centre but still close by. The building had me puzzled for a number of reasons. It was large... Continue Reading →

Priest Hole Central

Anyone who's read my paranormal romance 'Got Ghosts?' will know that priest holes form an important part of the plot. Not sure what a priest hole is? Well, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the official religion in England swung between Protestant and Roman Catholic depending on which monarch was on the throne.Whichever religion fell... Continue Reading →

Plaques, police, and… pickles?

The local civic society has been busy in Grange-over-Sands, putting up lots of blue plaques to explain various bits of the town's history and/or interesting buildings. There's one for the church, another for the municipal clock tower, and also several celebrating more obscure nooks and crannies. One of these announces that a detached, relatively old-looking... Continue Reading →

Two explore an Arts & Crafts house

A whole year has whizzed by since the last set of Heritage Open Days and suddenly they're on us again. This year it's better than ever since the event lasts for two weekends rather than one, with the same fascinating mix of history and culture to explore. We're whizzing about ourselves at the moment and... Continue Reading →

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