I study and document historic buildings and their landscapes for a living – and part of that process involves telling the stories of the people that lived and worked in those spaces. These are important personal narratives, and help inform us about how everyday people used their buildings and shaped their surroundings.
Camelot, meet Nashville. I venture that most people won’t automatically associate the legends of Camelot with the pint-sized dynamo from East Tennessee – but as I like to stress in my day job, context is everything. And when the context in question is Glastonbury, surely all sorts of strange pairings suddenly make sense!
William the Conqueror’s plan for the Tower of London likely did not include its role as a tourist attraction – but he certainly meant for it to be a statement. Rising up on the north bank of the Thames, the complex has served as palace, prison, and residence.
I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Secret Garden when I was growing up – and I still haven’t lost the dream of one day having my own walled garden.
The following is a guest post. The recent news that a fire at the Glasgow School of Art resulted in the devastation of the Charles Rennie Macintosh Library was a blow not only to students, faculty and staff, but to admirers worldwide of the art nouveau building. The loss of the structure is mitigated somewhat […]
Although I grew up with all of the typical fancies and notions about castles – my knowledge of Britain’s castles wouldn’t make a drop in a moat. So I decided to re-examine three castles I’ve visited in the past, and see what new lessons I could learn from their architecture and history. This is not […]
Oxford, first settled by Saxons, and now populated with students, tourists, and harried residents, is one of my favorite towns in Britain – and is a different town, I think, for each person who visits.
I am a list maker. I am also a loser of lists I have made, which means I frequently bite my lip in frustration and fumble to recreate said list, but that’s another story.
I’ve had some lovely times in pubs across Britain (I even remember some of them!) – a social occasion made richer, usually, by the building housing the pub. Towns and villages across Britain lay claim to a number of quirky, endearing buildings which accommodate public houses.