Watersmeet - a pretty spot for a cuppa on Exmoor

Watersmeet - a pretty spot for a cuppa on Exmoor

Watersmeet is the meeting place of the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water on Exmoor, Devon. Several walking routes converge here. And when you arrive, there is an attractive tea room to greet you!

Caroline Herschel - seeking stars in 18th-century Bath

Caroline Herschel - seeking stars in 18th-century Bath

Caroline Herschel was the younger sister of astronomer William Herschel, and worked with him in the 18th century on his studies of the night sky. Whilst he gained fame as the discoverer of the planet Uranus, Caroline was equally admired for her discovery of several comets. She was the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist.

The (almost) vanished great Forest of Middlesex

The (almost) vanished great Forest of Middlesex

London's expansion over the last few centuries is legendary. Many station names on London's Underground hint at lost greenery, especially in the northern section of the Piccadilly Line - Finsbury Park, Wood Green, Bounds Green, Arnos Grove and Oakwood. So was there some great lost forest covering what is now north London?

The Raven - dark in look and nature

The Raven - dark in look and nature

The common raven is the largest member of the crow family. This sombre and intelligent bird, with its deep croak and dark plumage is often seen as being associated with death - more specifically with an aftermath of a bloody or significant battle - and has long featured in northern European mythology, stories and works of art.

Dennis Severs’ House - a journey back to the 18th century

Dennis Severs’ House - a journey back to the 18th century

Tucked away in the heart of Spitalfields in east London is a fine Georgian Grade II listed building. But this one is extra special. Dennis Severs’ House provides a fascinating artistic rendering of a particular strand of East End history, telling the story of the imagined family who lived there.

Doré’s engravings: the archetypal look of Victorian London

Doré’s engravings: the archetypal look of Victorian London

Illustrator Gustave Doré shares significant responsibility with writer Charles Dickens for shaping the collective memory of the murky squalor of Victorian London. His engraving, 'Over London by Rail', shown above, provides a visual equivalent of the Dickens novels that take us into the workhouses, the slums, the dark alleys and the opium dens.

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