Pitstone, Britain's Oldest Windmill

Pitstone, Britain's Oldest Windmill

In the north-east corner of a large field near the parish boundary of Ivinghoe and Pitstone in Buckinghamshire stands Pitstone Mill. It is thought to be the oldest surviving mill in the country, and belongs today to the National Trust.

Cabbage White - the unpopular butterfly

Cabbage White - the unpopular butterfly

Anyone who has ever tried to grow brassicas of any kind will be aware of the devastating impact on their crops of the caterpillars of the Large White or Cabbage White butterfly. It is one of the most widespread species of butterfly found in the British Isles and can be found almost anywhere, including Orkney and Shetland.

The Big Grey Man of the Cairngorms - not to be mist?

The Big Grey Man of the Cairngorms - not to be mist?

Rising to 4,295 feet, Ben Macdui is the highest peak in the Cairngorm plateau and the second highest mountain in Scotland. Whilst the terrain is rugged, and the weather often capricious, the greatest fear of climbers tackling Ben Macdui can be meeting up with a mysterious being said to haunt the upper regions of the mountain.

Stan Laurel: the Lancastrian half of a famous duo

Stan Laurel: the Lancastrian half of a famous duo

Stan Laurel, the 'skinny one' of the famous Laurel and Hardy comic duo, who appeared in films of the 1920s and 30s, was an English comic actor, writer, and film director born in Ulverston, Lancashire. He went to America in 1910, and was based there for the rest of his life.

The Thermos Flask - filling a vacuum

The Thermos Flask - filling a vacuum

Sir James Dewar, a Scottish chemist and physicist at Oxford University, invented the first vacuum flask in 1892, which became the accepted way to keep hot and cold liquids at their original temperatures. Though it was not Dewar, but the professional glass blower he hired to help him to make it, who patented the invention himself and named it 'thermos'.

College Farm, Finchley - north London model home of the first bottled milk

College Farm, Finchley - north London model home of the first bottled milk

The first ever bottled milk in the UK was produced in 1884, at College Farm in Finchley, North London, run by Express Dairies and regarded as one of the 'model farms' of the time and thereafter. The site and the listed buildings still survive, but preservation campaigners have had to fight off several threats to its future.

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