Category Archives: London

Acleah, that is, Junction 7 of the M25? Part 1: Farthing Downs

I know what you’re thinking, that there’s a pretty crazy title, so allow me to commence with some retrospection by way of orientation. A little under a year ago, I wrote a post which went to great lengths to discount a proposal made … Continue reading

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Making models, material models – a past and a future?

A little while back, I went to see an exhibition my good friend Lucy had helped to mount at Two Temple Place, the extraordinary London home-cum-headquarters of the Transatlantic Victorian magnate, William Waldorf Astor. Consisting of a wealth of pieces loaned from … Continue reading

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What’s the point of it all?

You’ve got to bear with me on this post as I’m not all that sure where I’m going with it, but safe to say the title in no way should be taken too literally. I’m fine. Today I took in … Continue reading

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Not leaving the house

It’s drawing dark outside despite it still being a reasonable hour which makes me realise two things: winter is pretty much upon us, and I’m not going to make it out of the house in the light today. Quite honestly, … Continue reading

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Where exactly was the battle of Acleah?

Welcome to my first ever paginated post, which, if you keep on reading through it, you will discover is concerned first and foremost with the question of the site of a battle fought in the year 851 at a place named in recensions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Aclea (or Acleah, to use … Continue reading

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New post for a new poster

This will be my shortest post (my next one is shaping up to be my longest, normal service resumed some might say). As promised, I have uploaded a copy of the poster I contributed to the recent Annual Foreshore Forum … Continue reading

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New work – Reassessing the territorial nomenclature of the Early and Middle Anglo-Saxon periods…

…or, why there was no such thing as a regio in the area of southern England in the sixth century. Having been hard pushed these past few weeks to set aside a few minutes to compose a blog post, I … Continue reading

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