7 Abandoned Villages That Can Teach Us About Medieval Life

1. Little Oxendon, Northamptonshire The classic layout of a medieval village. The long groove running left to right formed the main route through the settlement. The large rectangles either side are called crofts and they represent gardens used for growing vegetables. Within these are smaller rectangular earthworks, called tofts, which were walled plots with a house and perhaps a barn standing within. The large rectangle in the centre may have been the manor house or chapel.  2. East Matfen, TyneRead more

Britain’s Home Front: 9 Remarkable Aerial Images That Reveal the Impact of WWI

1. National Projectile Factory in Hackney, London During the First World War  demand for munitions soared and sections of the British landscape were dedicated to vast factories.  An area of 35.5 acres in Hackney Marshes was taken to build the National Projectile Factory.  Click on the image to see the extensive railway used to transport materials around the site. Little remains of the factory today, but it is immortalised in a painting by Anna Airy at the Imperial War Museum. 2. National Box and Cartridge RepairRead more

7 Inspiring Writers’ Retreats

1. Henry Williamson’s self-built sanctuary For many writers, the ambiance in which they work matters. Recently listed, this writing hut was built by Henry Williamson in 1929 from the proceeds of Tarka the Otter, and he went on to write more than 50 novels in this simple yet characterful writing sanctuary. 2. T.S. Eliot’s seaside shelter Nayland Rock promenade shelter overlooking Margate Sands, listed at Grade II. © JohntheFinn Some locations are used only fleetingly. T.S. Eliot was in Margate for three weeks inRead more