Monthly Archives: November 2015

Hadrian’s Wall Looked Much Better Than The One I Drew For Dr. Rogers

Say the words “Map Test” to anyone who took Dr. Rogers’ English History class during her freshman year at Columbus School for Girls, and she’ll likely remember having to mark the precise location of several cities and important landmarks on … Continue reading

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Haste Ye Back To Jedburgh, Famous For Pears, Snails, A Comb And A Mole Who Found A Queen’s Watch

Drive just 12 miles north of the border between England and Scotland, and you’ll find Jedburgh, a bonnie Scottish town on the bank of the Jed Water river. Spend a few hours there and you’ll resolve to return again soon. … Continue reading

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Ask An Armstrong, A Beattie Or A Graham If Their Family Tree Includes A Bereaved Reiver

Words like “retrieve” and “bereaved” come up often in conversations today, but did you know that they originate from a ruthless group of Scottish clans who raided, stole, kidnapped, murdered and pillaged? Terrible conflicts between England and Scotland began in … Continue reading

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Survey the Farne Islands From Bamburgh’s Royal Throne

Another one of those scenes from Northumbrian history that Walter Bell Scott chose to paint in Wallington’s Central Hall commemorated an event that took place on September 7, 1838. Twenty-two-year-old Grace Darling looked out of an upstairs window of Longstone … Continue reading

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That’s Iron And Coal!

The Vatican Museums were packed. I shuffled along through the Gallery of Maps, squeezed inside the Room of the Segnatura, and there it was, just like I had seen in Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. I was standing before The … Continue reading

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Mead Is No Match for William’s Wallhanging and Edward’s Windows

Beowulf’s warriors and the pilgrims of the Canterbury Tales may have smacked their lips over mead, but I thought a free swig of the legendary medieval honey wine was no match for the intoxicating feeling of being at Lanercost Priory. … Continue reading

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It’s The Place In The Pinecone!

Jim turned down a country road, parked the Mountain Goat Mercedes beside a playground where schoolchildren were having recess, pulled out a slip of paper, and read: “In the village of Wreay, just above the Lake District, stands perhaps the … Continue reading

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