The Roanoke colony: What happened?

After three years, White returned to the colony. What he found chilled him to the bone. The Roanoke colony was gone, the buildings neatly taken down, no signs of anyone alive or dead. The only hint being two carvings. On a large tree they found “CRO” and a fence post bearing the craving “CROATOAN”. For … Continue reading The Roanoke colony: What happened?

Anne Lister:The Diaries that shocked the Country

Anne Lister, a landowner who is best remembered because of her letters and diaries. She broke the expectations of her time and became a renowned businesswoman. What did it take for a woman to excel in these times? Anne was born as the second child of the notable soldier Jeremy Lister, but out of four … Continue reading Anne Lister:The Diaries that shocked the Country

The life of an Executioner.

It’s wildly accepted that crime and punishment in history has been brutal. A person could find themselves facing terrible punishments for what we now consider petty crimes. But behind the horror of execution where those tasked with delivering it. The life of an executioner was nothing glamorous or forbiddingly dark. Forget the black hooded man … Continue reading The life of an Executioner.

The Georgians: Molly houses and homosexual culture.

There are some very well established cliches that might come to mind when we think of Georgian and Victorian society. Images of a prudish attitudes, conservative outfits and people gasping if they caught a flash of an ankle. We also might think of discrimination, whether it be based in class or gender. As for sexuality? … Continue reading The Georgians: Molly houses and homosexual culture.

Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.

Perhaps it’s my own northern soul swaying my line of thinking but I often find myself frustrated when travel lists for British historical sites, for the most part, usually consist of locations in London or its surroundings. The entire country is full of so much history and regional gems. It’s a great shame they are … Continue reading Historic places you should visit in Yorkshire and the North West.