In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

The city of Durham is one of my favourite places. The medieval castle and cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site standing high up on a wooded peninsula above a bend in the River Wear, and the steep, winding streets below form an historic centre the equal of anywhere in Europe. Bill Bryson, in his Notes … Continue reading In the land of the Prince Bishops: the city of Durham, England

Two castles and a church: a wander around historic Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon

The bus dropped me in Kingswear up above the marina and the station for the steam railway. Lying on the eastern side of the River Dart in Devon it’s opposite the town of Dartmouth, my destination for the day, a popular spot for tourists in the summer and also a medieval port set back about … Continue reading Two castles and a church: a wander around historic Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon

Visiting the Anglo-Saxons at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire

It’s not every day that you get to walk into a building well over a thousand years old. I was visiting St Mary’s Church in Deerhurst, a few miles north of Gloucester, whose history goes back into the 8th century. Set in a leafy churchyard and next to the old priory, the core of the … Continue reading Visiting the Anglo-Saxons at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire