Monday Mystery – abandoned gate posts in Windermere

Windermere town centre isn't particularly big, but it's well stocked with a selection of shops, cafes and restaurants - and more than a few interesting or unusual features if you know where to look. One of these is on Crescent Road, one of two main streets that form the town centre. At first glance, it... Continue Reading →


Friday Five – unusual street names

The UK's towns are full of history, often reflected in their odd street names. Here's a small collection I've gathered on my travels around the country over the last few years: High Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria Appleby used to be the county town of Westmorland and mostly dates from the early twelfth century when the castle... Continue Reading →

A bunker full of ghosts?

A friend pointed me in the direction of a wonderful resource yesterday - this list of the 100 most haunted places in the UK. Unusually, it isn't just a standard list of haunted houses but has been researched with each entry ranked (in reverse order) according to the number of sightings and how long they've... 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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