Exploring Shermanbury Church in West Sussex

Exploring Shermanbury Church in West Sussex

Today I am shown around St Giles in Shermanbury by the very knowledgeable Richard Putnam. The Anglican church of St. Giles is well away from the modern roads, approached along a tree-lined bridleway leading to Shermanbury Place, east of the Brighton road. A small church is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the present structure …

A jaunt around Montgomery Castle in Wales

A jaunt around Montgomery Castle in Wales

Today I am in Montgomeryshire and I am here to look at the splendid ruins of the castle that It sits high above the market town of Montgomery. I am joined by Harriet and Lola. Having been here before many years ago, we are keen to refresh our memories and learn more about the stunning …

Harriet, Lola and I go to Montgomery in Wales

Harriet, Lola and I go to Montgomery in Wales

I have teamed up yet again with the lovely Harriet and Lola to explore the wonderful town of Montgomery in Wales. As well as the fabulous Georgian square, proud town hall, amazing views, we are hunting out two curiosities which fascinate me. The first is the Robber’s Grave with its peculiar legend. The second is …

Exploring Shrewsbury Castle in Shropshire with Harriet and Lola

Exploring Shrewsbury Castle in Shropshire with Harriet and Lola

I am up in Shropshire to meet up with Harriet and her dachshund, Lola. We are exploring Shrewsbury Castle, originally a stronghold built by Roger de Montgomery and later reworked by Thomas Telford. I am keen to visit Laura’s Tower, or should that be bower? She was the daughter of Sir William Pulteney. The little …

The Murdered Sailor on Gibbet Hill

The Murdred Sailor on Gibbet Hill near Hindhead, Surrey

I am on the trail of the poor sailor who was set upon and killed by three assailants on the old London to Portsmouth Road in 1786. The murderers were caught and their bodies hung in chains for all to see on the hillside adjacent to The Devils Punch-bowl close to Hindhead in Surrey. Kevin …

Exploring Friday Street in the Surrey Hills

Friday Street is a tiny hamlet deep within the Surrey Hills close to Leith Hill.

Friday Street is a tiny hamlet deep within the Surrey Hills close to Leith Hill. Buried in delightful woodland with numerous paths and public walkways, it once thrived with charcoal burners and iron works. Hammer ponds and natural springs speak of its previous history of which today there is little trace. I am accompanied by …