A Moody Visit to Minster Lovell Hall

Greetings my Fellow Adventurers! Following my wife's rather excellent post on the history of Minster Lovell Hall a few months ago, we decided it was high time for another visit - and what a atmospheric visit it was, with heavy skies, rain, wind and the occasional ray of sunshine all helping to create a very… Continue reading A Moody Visit to Minster Lovell Hall

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A Stroll around Tusmore Park

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! During this year of turmoil, there have been a few places close by that have helped keep us sane. One of those is Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire. To give a bit of historical background - There has been a settlement at Tusmore since the Saxon period, and it was even… Continue reading A Stroll around Tusmore Park

We went to a CASTLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! What a fantastic day - for the first time since January, my wife Alli and I finally had a chance to visit a Castle!!! We took a trip to Kenilworth in Warwickshire, partly just for the hell of it, and partly to scout out what 'social distancing' measures were in place. It… Continue reading We went to a CASTLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Quick Stop – The Birth of Radar!

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! It always amazes me what you can find by the side of the road. Our countryside is peppered with little plaques, memorials and notice boards, all giving an insight into the rich and varied history of our country, the events big and small that helped form it and the people who created… Continue reading Quick Stop – The Birth of Radar!

The Spectral Mystery of Minster Lovell Hall

Just thought I’d share this great post my wife has written about a lovely little ruin down the road to us – enjoy!

A few weeks ago, after what seemed like eternity, I finally got to visit a medieval ruin again. Not a castle, but a rare example of a courtyard manor house built in the fifteenth century by one of the wealthiest men in England. And for a sleepy ruin in a quiet Oxfordshire backwater it has a lot to offer. For a start, it’s tucked away in an idyllic location beside the River Windrush amid beautiful, rolling countryside. It also has connections with the Scottish medieval history module I’ve just completed, and it has links with two of my favourite medieval kings, one of which came to stay at the manor. Perhaps even more intriguingly, some say that its most notable owner never left, that he still lingers around the ruins of his former home.

approach 2The approach to the 15th Century hall with the porch on the left

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Bluebells in the Wood!

Greetings Fellow Adventurers If you're lucky enough to live near some woods, the Bluebells are out in force this year! Simple stunning, although I still don't understand why they're called Bluebells, they're obviously PURPLE!!!! (My wife approves!) I think they need a better PR company. Farewell my friends and stay safe!

On this day – England Expects…

Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the ‘Maddie Templeton Maritime History’ series. On this day, October the 21st in 1805, two imposing armadas fought for control of the seas - the combined French and the Spanish fleets on one side, and the Royal Navy on the other. The battle would result… Continue reading On this day – England Expects…