Category Archives: architecture

Tower of London Scaffold Tour

This morning I was lucky enough to be able to join a group of people getting a close-up view of some conservation work currently being undertaken on Bowyer Tower and adjacent walls. Most visitors to the Tower of London probably … Continue reading

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Brompton Cemetery and Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

What have the following got in common? GoldenEye, Stormbreaker, and Johnny English; the source of Beatrix Potter’s characters’ names; a purported time machine using ancient Egyptian technology; Emmeline Pankhurst, Brian Glover, John Wisden, Bernard Levin, Samuel Cunard, G A Henty, Samuel … Continue reading

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Charlotte, Shelley and the debt crisis

Princess Charlotte was an unhappy person, and had what would appear to have been a horrible life. She was the daughter of the Prince Regent (later King George IV), and although she found happiness in her marriage to Prince Leopold … Continue reading

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Cornwall and Port Sunlight

Mary Martin held her biennial art exhibition recently, from 29 May to 5 June, in its usual location, St Dominic village hall. I first went to an exhibition of hers about 20 years ago, by chance driving past on the … Continue reading

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Granite to Limestone to Chalk: Richard Graves’ Mickleton and William Morris at Broadway Tower

Sunday‘s industrial remains are left behind. Monday morning takes me from Dartmoor to Gloucestershire: from granite to limestone. Hidcote is a very attractive Arts & Crafts style garden, with honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings as a backdrop. It was designed in … Continue reading

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CBA Weekend: Lanhydrock;Truro’s Architecture, and Historic Landscape Characterisation in Cornwall

Unfortunately, after my first night had good HDSPA reception enabling me to use my mobile broadband, subsequent nights (in Newquay and Whiddon Down) have only managed a ‘good’ GPRS, which is only useful for emails and slow browsing, so I … Continue reading

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Surrey to Cornwall, mostly on chalk

I don’t like motorways, partly because they’re tedious, but mainly because, on the whole, motorways ignore the topography and just barge through the landscape like a big fat greedy rude person trying to get somewhere before everyone else. So to … Continue reading

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