THE TOMB OF BLANCHE MORTIMER, LADY GRANDISON

In the chancel of the church of St Bartholomew,  Much Marcle, Herefordshire can be found one of the most beautiful tombs chests in England, that of Blanche Mortimer, Lady Grandison.  I happened by chance on this lovely monument  some years ago.  I stood there entranced, unwilling to leave.  Blanche’s tomb has been described by Nikolaus PevsnerContinue reading “THE TOMB OF BLANCHE MORTIMER, LADY GRANDISON”

THE ANCIENT DOORS OF OLD ENGLAND

ENGLAND’S OLDEST DOOR – TO BE FOUND IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY OPENING ON TO THE CHAPTER HOUSE.   Are doors not fascinating?   If somewhere you haven’t been before, do you like me, always wonder what’s on the other side?  Of course if the door is ancient even more so.  The above is the oldest doorContinue reading “THE ANCIENT DOORS OF OLD ENGLAND”

CROSSRAIL – A PORTAL INTO MEDIEVAL LONDON

No doubt archaeologist thought that all their Christmases’  had arrived at once when they first heard the breaking news of the building of Crossrail,  Europe’s largest infrastructure which will be called the Elizabeth Line and will open in phases from late 2018 and the exceptional opportunities the excavations would bring. However, did they ever imagineContinue reading “CROSSRAIL – A PORTAL INTO MEDIEVAL LONDON”

ANNE MOWBRAY DUCHESS OF NORFOLK. CHILD BRIDE OF RICHARD OF SHREWSBURY – ONE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER – HER REBURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

St Erasmus in Bishops Islip’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey by Joseph Mallord William Turner c.1796.  The  original chapel of St Erasmus, built by Elizabeth Wydeville,  was the site of Anne Mowbray’s first burial and after recovery of her coffin she was reburied in the rebuilt Chapel.   Anne Mowbray, Duchess of Norfolk, was born in FramlinghamContinue reading “ANNE MOWBRAY DUCHESS OF NORFOLK. CHILD BRIDE OF RICHARD OF SHREWSBURY – ONE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER – HER REBURIAL IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.”

OLD LONDON BRIDGE – A MEDIEVAL WONDER!

There had been many manifestations of the bridge prior to this particular one, among them a  wooden one which had been brought down by a tornado in 1091, but it is this particular one most people think of when Old London Bridge is mentioned. Designed by Peter de Colechurch, a priest, chaplain and architect, buildingContinue reading “OLD LONDON BRIDGE – A MEDIEVAL WONDER!”