Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Shield of England

“The Kentishmen afterwards became so famous for their valour and intrepidity, especially in their encounters with the Danes, that the vanguard, or foremost rank in battle, was unanimously given to them, as the reward...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – March 2017 (15)

March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers...... so the proverb goes. March was breezy and a notable wind chill claimed the air for most of the month.  Some mornings a dense fog...

A Kentish Easter

James Lloyd muses on the history of Easter and takes a quick look at some of the customs by which it was observed in his home county. Regular visitors to this column will be familiar...

The Captain of Dunstaffnage

James Lloyd visits the wild and hoary coast of Argyle, with a story about how no one ever went wrong sucking up to the government. I want you to meet the Most High, Noble and...

The Mystery of the King’s Grave

James Lloyd visits County Antrim, where an orator with delusions of grandeur and easily deflated pride was outwitted by a desperate king, with a little help from the dead. Rathmore Trench, in the townland of...

A Day In The Life: Vicky Phillips, Associate, Bidwells Rural Division

I’ve often been asked by friends and non-farming professionals just what exactly being a rural surveyor involves. The title itself seems to conjure up a mixture of days off shooting, walking around grand country...

The Wight Kingdom

James Lloyd visits the Isle of Wight, the only county in England to be coextensive with an island and reviews its violent past. The Isle of Wight is a curious little county. When the tide...

The Village of Fools

Three wise men of Gotham went to sea in a bowl And, if the bowl had been stronger, my song had been longer. (Anonymous) One fine day, twelve villagers of Gotham went to fish in a...

Willikin of the Weald

James Lloyd revives the memory of a champion of England, famous in his day but now much forgotten in the country that he saved. Kensham is the name of a farmhouse near the village of...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – February 2017 (14)

It is well documented that during pagan times when nature worship was prevalent, the festival of light (which later became the Christian celebration known as Candlemas) marked the mid point of winter, half way...