“Daffodils” (1804)

I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretch’d in never-ending…

Queen Victoria’s Leopold

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert wanted their sons to be the new European order of chivalry and wanted to rid themselves of the reputation of the House of Hanover.  This they believed was to be the monarchy’s success and so they depended on their four sons. Prince Leopold was the youngest and 12 years younger…

Morris Dancing

Morris Dancing is closely associated with mummers’ plays which originated in Britain in the medieval times.  A troupe of actors normally visited homes or public houses to perform, and on the odd occasion would perform in the streets. Depending on the time of the year, the occasion and the type of local hero, the actors would dress…

The War & the Fox Brothers

In 1914, almost the whole population of the Somerset town of Wellington, was involved with the War effort. They mostly worked for Fox Brothers, a company that had before the war, woven cloth for the rich and famous. With the outbreak of World War One they switched their production to making uniforms for the soldiers…

Elizabethan Toothpaste

Rubbing the teeth vigorously with a linen cloth to dislodge any bits, was the most common form of oral hygiene.  And to strengthen their teeth, they chewed twigs. But, the best way used to clean teeth and to freshen breathe, was to run a sage leaf across their teeth and their gums.  This is still used today in…

Hampton Court Palace

The robust extravagance of the Royal Family, gives Hampton Court Palace that something, no other palace or castle has – a unique personality of its own. This wonderful royal home evolved from a humble manor in 1515 to the marvellous Hampton Court we see today. Cardinal Wolsey, the most powerful man in England after the…

Fisherman’s 23rd Psalm

The Lord in my pilot, I shall not drift, He lighteth me across the darkest waters In the deepeth channels he steereth me He keepeth my log He guardeth me by the star of holiness For his names sake Yea though I sail, amidst the thunder and tempests of life I will feel no danger,…