St Cuthbert's Final Journey

Following 9th century monks as they flee from invading vikings with the body of St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels – and undertake a momentous journey that helps shape England

Closer to home…acid rain, missing graveyards and wishful memories of a long lost Daddy

Closer to home now; not the home I made for myself, or the home I grew up in, but the home of my grandparents, where my Mam grew up as … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Settling down…

The sound of nature settling down, having its last swansong before the dark comes, safe in the knowledge it will be at least another hour or so before it starts … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mutilated Effigies, a Deserted Medieval Village and a Sub-Sea Engineer in Cuthbert’s Town

The church at South Cowton is fortress-like, its solid no-nonsense walls and thin windows built to withstand the tumultuous times it was built in – the 15th Century; when life … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Human Jawbones and Captured Crows…

We drive back and forth through Overton a few times, can’t spot a church anywhere, wonder if we really do have the right Overton this time; there are eight in … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 7 Comments

Quarries, Coalyards and Viking York

Another cold night to come, heightened by the fact we’ve realised why the second gas bottle wasn’t working properly: it’s empty! A cold meal of bread, oil, tomatoes, cheese and … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 6 Comments

Perfidious and Perverse, and Overripe for Rebellion – that’s us Northerners

British history, I think it’s fair to say, is mainly English history, but we can break it down further than that: most of it is Southern English history told by … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Saddleworth Moor

At four hundred metres above sea level, Saddleworth Moor is situated within the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. There’s little green here, unlike the previous night; … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment