Through some nexus of its island nature, bounded geography, peculiar historical evolution, over-arching sense of self importance, urge to preserve, dense habitation, and always striving culture, Britain contains perhaps the densest collection of artifacts and reminders on Planet Earth.
Everywhere you look , from any spot, all round and up and down you will find something of interest, something of some significance, something to engage your curiosity, your sense of the past, your love of this place. It can be as big as a tor and as small as a stone. It can be as far away as a castle on a hill and as close as the earth on which you stand.
Welcome to Little Known Britain.
On this journey we will visit some of these things you might see if you were to simply stop and look all round. And some of those things you might stumble across – a lane, a force, a sill. And some of those things that have been the object of at least one ardent Anglophile’s ardent pilgrimage.
There are at least three realms in Little Known Britain. The realm of those things little known to any except the most smitten with Britain. The realm of those things little known about the well known things of Britain. And the realm of those things little known to anyone at all. All of these we will visit on our journey
I am not a scholarly expert on Britain. I have not been there anywhere near as much as I would like., which I suppose would mean living there. I have been a fervent Anglophile as long as I can remember, which is longer than I care to remember.
I am an amateur historian and keen observer of culture, which qualifies me only to be a fellow traveler. When I travel it is the little known that attracts me the most; the secret, the odd, the poignant, the visceral, the underfoot. I love to do the 360 degree turn. And i love to share.
I will be sharing things I have seen and done, things I have heard or learned about, and I will be inviting you to share your own Little Known Britain as the journey unfolds.
So grab your walking stick and come along. Adventure awaits.
Marc Bridgham is a life-long Britophile who currently lives in the U.S. in the northern of the states named for King Charles the 1st in the city named for Sir Walter. He is the CEO of The Triskelion Group, an organizational consulting firm, and a professional singer of traditional English folksongs, now performing as Rogue Harbour. When traveling it is the little known, the “stumbled upon”, the visceral and the evocative that Marc loves to find.