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The lost castles of London – buried under the city’s streets

The lost castles of London – buried under the city’s streets including Baynards castle and Montfichet Tower

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A corner of medieval London

Yesterday, I was in the City of London and standing outside Bank tube station, I took three photos to examine the Templar-era medieval history of one small corner of the great city that I live in and adore. Without moving…

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Templars put on trial in the Tower of London

In 1307, the leaders of the Knights Templar were rounded up and arrested in France.  Over the next five years, the wave of suppression spread across Europe and England was no exception. There’s an impressive list of Templars who were…

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Thirteen Black Death skeletons found in London

Thirteen skeletons have been unearthed in the Farringdon area of London – believed to be victims of the fourteenth century Black Death. The terrible plague hit England in the period after the Knights Templar were disbanded and swept away entire…

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Waltham Abbey – the rise and fall of a medieval church

Not far from where I was born is the medieval church of Waltham Abbey – famous for being the burial place of King Harold II (killed at the Battle of Hastings by an arrow in his eye) and one of…

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The Winchester Geese – medieval prostitution

The Winchester Geese were medieval prostitutes and this blog looks at how they got their name.

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Interview with the Ancient and Noble Order of The Knights Templar

I’m very pleased to have reached out to The Ancient and Noble Order of the Knights Templar and they have kindly responded with some very helpful details on their aims and objectives. The Order has recently held its General Meeting…

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Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen – has anybody reigned longer?

2012 was the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and she held Diamond Jubilee celebrations to commemorate the landmark date. I blogged asking if any English monarchs had ruled longer – read on! The answer, of course,…

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Westminster Abbey – visited today

If you’re a Londoner – which I am – you can walk past Westminster Abbey a hundred times barely registering it. But today, I thought I would. If for no other reason than to share some images but also a…

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The historical City of London

Last Monday, I took a walk from my office down Fleet Street to St Paul’s Cathedral and was struck as ever by just how much history we have around us in London. It’s just everywhere and covers all periods. It…

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