David Swatton's Historic Posts

I drove across country today, making my way home from the east coast having visited my mother. En route I stopped off at Conisbrough Castle, near Doncaster,…

Not the Duke of Wellington or Bernard Montgomery but a 72-year old Field Marshall tractor trundling around the village yesterday. Very different from the modern…

Hereford, our county town, is 30 minutes drive away and as I was there yesterday I went for a wander round the cathedral. Here's a quick summary of its history:…

Especially for my Aussie friends. Taken on my last trip to Australia at the War Memorial in Canberra.

Most religious scholars these days accept that many Christian religious practices originate with much earlier pagan beliefs and practices. With Easter coming up…

In the centre of Norwich there are still a few streets that reflect the medieval history of the old city that was, up until the Industrial Revolution, the…

Part of the medieval centre of Norwich. It was pretty monochrome grey day so a b/w treatment seemed appropriate.

Last week I started reading the latest "Shardlake" novel by C J Sansom, called Tombland, set in Norwich. This week I spent four days in Norwich attending the…

Took the opportunity to get out for the morning in the bright sunshine. It was cold overnight with a thick frost this morning but at least it wasn't throwing it…

Ending my countdown to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. In May 1917 Walter was transferred to 15th Divisional Signals Company (Royal Engineers) with all…

The second day of my count down to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. In his photograph, posted yesterday, my great-uncle Walter is wearing a medal ribbon…

It was a common story in the Great War of 1914-18; an innocent age when patriotism and naivety drove men to enlist in their millions across the great world…

Taking a break from Autumn colour but fear not, there are more to come. I can almost hear the groans of disappointment! This struck me as a very olden-days…
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