Monthly Archives: June 2016

How Francis Masson found the world’s oldest pot plant…and a few other things

“The country is encompassed on all sides with very high mountains, almost perpendicular, consisting of bare rocks, without the last appearance of vegetation; and upon the whole, has a most melancholy effect on the mind.”   So wrote Francis Masson … Continue reading

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Queen Square, Bloomsbury

Queen Square in Bloomsbury is a little oasis hidden away close to the very heart of London. Now largely surrounded by hospitals, and often full of hospital patients and visitors, you can also spot a few surviving early 18thc houses … Continue reading

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Wentworth Castle – the feud continued

Wentworth Castle, one of the products of the acrimonious family feud discussed in last week’s post, is one of the wonders of Yorkshire, indeed of the whole country. Now a grade 1 listed mansion and a Grade 1 listed landscape, … Continue reading

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The Wentworth Feud…

It’s rare that family disputes give rise to anything positive but Wentworth Castle is the  exception that proves the rule.  The story might appear a bit confusing but it’s a pretty impressive piece of trying to outdo your rivals and … Continue reading

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