Enon Chapel: death, horror and dancing in Victorian London

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LOCATION: London WORDS: Alex Cochrane Victorian London was a charnel house of the dead; a city oozing horror and nowhere more so than a small chapel where they danced on the dead. By 1842 London was the modern mega city

And Also the Trees: Born Into The Waves (An appreciation)

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WORDS: Justin Hopper Born Into the Waves is a series of offerings, not of events; of settings, not actions. It presents a landscape in which the sea is as deadly in its calm as its torrent, the world swirling around

On the Trail of the Green Man: An interview with Nina Lyon

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WORDS: Gary Budden I spoke to author Nina Lyon about her latest book Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man (Faber, 2016), a brilliant piece of creative non-fiction about our attitude to nature and the environment, the resonance of

The Helm Wind of Cumbria

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LOCATION: Cumbria WORDS & IMAGES: Eijls  ‘When heard and felt for the first time it does not seem so very extraordinary; but when we find it blowing and roaring morning, noon and night, for days together, it makes a strong

Notes from the Moor & Soggy Scribbles

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LOCATION: Yorkshire WORDS & PICTURES: Maxim Griffin ABOUT THE ARTIST: Maxim Peter Griffin is a landscape artist, cartographer and walker based in Lincolnshire.  

Archaeology Now (or What I found when I was looking for the Bronze Age on Skeleton Hill)

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LOCATION: Lincolnshire WORDS & PICTURES: Maxim Griffin   Striking out on a bright Friday in March – I’ve got a job on with some archaeologists and I’m heading to the far side of the bypass to scope out the bronze

An Unreliable Guide to London

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LOCATION: Erm…. WORDS: Gareth E Rees If you’re a regular reader of Unofficial Britain, you’ll know that I like to walk around chain store car parks, writing things down. It’s something of an obsession. On this website I’ve described my

Radical Victorian Hastings & The Birth of Women’s Suffrage

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  LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the mid-nineteenth century, Hastings was one of the only towns in Britain where women greatly outnumbered men. The health craze for sea bathing and temperate climate attracted elderly spinsters and wealthy

Heaven is a marsh in Winter

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LOCATION: Essex WORDS: Gary Budden PICTURES: Maxim Griffin The book I chose to take deep into Essex’s marshland (from a choice of many) was The Hamlyn Guide to Birds, revised edition, published 1987. It’s been with me as long as I

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain – Portrait of a Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the new documentary, Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods (Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson) tour parts of Britain that don’t exist in the minds of many: boarded-up streets in towns bereft of their founding industries, left to