Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery.  Founder of Toronto.  Laid to Rest in Devon.
Mar24

Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery. Founder of Toronto. Laid to Rest in Devon.

Travelling a few miles North East of Exeter, just outside Dunkeswell in East Devon, you’ll come across a small, charming chapel. What is most unusual about it, however, is that it flies the Canadian flag despite being situated in the middle of the English countryside. Why, I hear you ask? Well, Wolford Chapel is the burial site of Lord Simcoe, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and it is the property of the Canadian province of...

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How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea
Mar20

How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea

Son of working class greengrocer, Cardiff-born Tim Penrose has reinvented himself several times during his 55 frenetic years. From moonlighting at a local radio station to an ‘enjoyable’ career as an undertaker, owning a resplendent coffee house to being crowned King of the hostas, you can add auctioneer to Tim’s eclectic CV. The Moorlander looks back at this highly personable and entertaining entrepreneur’s formative years and...

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Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2
Mar12

Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2

In the last part of this serialised Histories and Mysteries investigation into the legends behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, we noted that people have recorded stories of phantom dogs for many hundreds of years. We also explored some of the history of the physical dog and saw that it has been domesticated since early prehistoric times. It is little wonder that the archetype of the actual dog is such a strong one, and also...

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Lumps, bumps, humps and how to date dirt!
Mar06

Lumps, bumps, humps and how to date dirt!

I’m spending a lot time of thinking about archaeology at the moment. Apart from watching Time Team and marvelling and the various fashions of Tony Robinson and how Phil’s shorts conceal less than they should, I have never had more than a passing interest in the subject, but I do love spotting a bit of land use history- an old hedge bank or granite gate post here, a coppice stool there. Now I am in the position of helping to organise a...

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The BURNING issue – don’t panic
Mar06

The BURNING issue – don’t panic

Plans to phase out the sale of coal and green/wet wood for domestic burning and encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home have been confirmed by the Government in a recent report issued by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). To help improve the air we breathe and ensure householders choose cleaner fuels, sales of coal and green/wet wood – the two most polluting fuels – will be phased out...

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A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence
Mar06

A woman dies every 36 hours from domestic violence

Distressing figures have revealed that a woman or girl is killed in Britain every 36 hours due to domestic violence. The number of female deaths from this type of crime is now at its highest since 2006. Up to March 2019, there were 241 women and girls that were victims of murder or manslaughter during the 12 months previous. This is an increase of 21 from the year before. Of the 214 adult victims, 80 women died at the hands of their...

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