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Oddingley – John Barnett’s Pigeon House?

11th Jun 2018

Oddingley - John Barnett's Pigeon House?

A brief post about an old book. It is the best part of a decade since I was writing about the misdeeds of the Oddingley farmers in the summer of 1806. But recently that murderous tale was brought back to mind when I chanced upon the above picture of a half-timbered 'pigeon house'. This building had long since vanished by the time...

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Endeavour: a new book

2nd May 2018

Endeavour: a new book

I have been quiet on here for some time but I have not been idle. I am just putting the finishing touches to a new book, Endeavour: the Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World. It is going to be published by Chatto in the UK on 23 August and in the US shortly after at a date soon TBC. In Endeavour I have tried to do two...

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Historical Miscellany #41 – A Sea Monster discovered in Porthleven, Cornwall (1786)

20th Jun 2016

Historical Miscellany #41 - A Sea Monster discovered in Porthleven, Cornwall (1786)

(As reported in the Hereford Journal, Thursday 12 October 1786 - Illustration from The Monsters of the Deep, 1875) A description of Sea Monster found in Cornwall The following comes authenticated from a Gentleman of Morillian in Cornwall. A JUST and particular description of a very curious and most surprising sea monster...

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Historical Miscellany #40 – Snowball the Greyhound [1829]

14th Sep 2015

Historical Miscellany #40 – Snowball the Greyhound [1829]

I was cheered to find out last week that “the best greyhound there ever was”, according to Bell’s Life in London, was called Snowball and came from the pretty village of Wold Newton in the east riding of Yorkshire. This is just a few wolds away from where my mother grew up and I was back in Yorkshire last week starting...

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Historical Miscellany #39 – Damn’d Eyes [1766]

21st Aug 2015

Historical Miscellany #39 - Damn'd Eyes [1766]

Image: A field in Worcestershire From Adams Weekly Courant, 25 March 1766, taken from The Gloucester Journal "We have an account of a very extraordinary instance of Divine vengeance that happened about a week ago at Chalford in this county. One Richard Parsons, a young man of that place, was playing at cards, and he most...

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