My novel, The Bridled Tongue, is set partly in Norwich. Although Norwich suffered extensive bombing during World War II, there are numerous areas where Norwich's history is still plain. In 2016 I visited Norwich and so was able to glimpse the streets and sights that would have been familiar to my 16th century characters. While … Continue reading A Glimpse of Elizabethan Norwich
In August last year I travelled for the first time to the northern hemisphere. It was a whirlwind tour, only a month away from home, and I managed to see so much yet I know I barely scratched the surface of the places that I visited. I firmly believe you could spend your whole life … Continue reading Other Places, Other Times
'When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.' The image comes from the twentytwowords site where you can find more delightful photographs of Mark Twain and his cats.
Postcard of the Grand Canal from around 1890, coloured using the photochrom process. Many more postcards of Venice can be found at the following link. http://mashable.com/2016/07/16/venice-photoochrom/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-retronaut-link#1D6mLb5EIkq3 I hope to post some of my own (very amateur) efforts later in the year.
Not strictly speaking a photograph but definitely almost photographic in its detail. This pictorial map of Hobart in 1879 by A.C. Cooke is an invaluable resource for researchers and writers. It gives an idea of the life of Hobart at the time - buildings that no longer exist such as the Campbell Street Gaol, unpopulated … Continue reading Hobart 1879
Images of poverty can easily be skimmed over when looking at old photographs but, for me, the sight of the children's bare feet is a visceral reminder of the reality of their lives. The photographer is Horace Warner (Spitalfields Nippers published by Spitalfields Life Books) Many more photographs can be found at Vintage Everyday: vintage … Continue reading Portraits of London Street Children from the Early 1900s
And many more at vintage everyday: 44 Incredible Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow from between 1868 and 1877 Save Save Save Save