William ‘Basher’ Dowsing (1596 – 1668) was born in Laxfield, Suffolk, was a puritan and made his name during the English Civil War (1642-49), a war that split the country between Parliament and Royalty.
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a poet, essayist, literary critic and lexicographer. He is known for writing ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’, which took him 9 years, whilst he lived in Gough Square.
The Earl of Carnarvon is a title that has been created three times in British history. The current holder is George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. The position of the Earl of Carnarvon has resided at Highclere Castle since 1679.
The first garden we visited on Sunday as part of Open Garden Squares weekend was the garden of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
The Isle of Thanet lies at the most easterly point of Kent. We visited its main towns; Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
Mortimer Wheeler (1890 – 1976) and Tessa Wheeler (1893 – 1936) were archaeologists who excavated the Roman remains of Verulamium (now St Albans).
Many superstitions during the Tudor period dated back to traditions and beliefs from much earlier times.
One of the interesting things about visiting an attraction like Bletchley Park is seeing it evolve over that time, not only from investment, but also evolution in understanding what they did!
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) was a poet and writer and has become the second-most frequently quoted writer
Peter Rabbett, Jeremiah Fisher, Mr Nutkins, Mr Brock and Mr McGregor have all been found on stones at Brompton cemetery
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 – 1927) was a writer, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat, which was published in 1889.
The two storey Swiss Chalet, where Dickens wrote some of his greatest works, was used by him from 1865 until his death in 1870.
Sir Hans Sloane was born in 1660 in the North of Ireland, in relatively modest circumstances
In Elizabethan times, plays generally took place at 2pm in the afternoon, with the actors rehearsing the play in the morning and putting it on in the afternoon.
Hyde Park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 when he took land from Westminster Abbey to be used as a hunting ground.
Ley lines are ancient, straight 'paths' or routes in the landscape which are believed to have spiritual significance.
Thomas Coram was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset in 1668, his mother died when he was three years old and his father was believed to be a master mariner.
Edith Margaret Williams was born in 1872 in Bath and become a ‘physical culture’ instructor specialising in gymnastics, boxing and wrestling.
Many of the jobs created in London’s docks during the 19th century were badly paid. Others were seasonal or casual, which meant that people were only paid when work was available.
The first painting owned by the National Portrait Gallery was in 1856 and is known today as the Chandos painting.
Mithraism was a mystery religion centred on the god Mithras. It was practised in the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th century CE.
At last Sunday’s visit to the Queen’s Gallery, there was a painting on display called ‘The Lord Mayor’s Winter-Procession on the Thames‘.
Walking around the City of London, you might notice some light blue painted Police telephone posts.
Upon visiting Handel’s House Museum/Hendrix’s flat in London last Saturday, I noticed an odd looking object on the wall in the corner of Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom.
The Great Bed of Ware is an extremely large oak four poster bed which sits in room 57 of the V&A Museum.