Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

I recently visited the Holy Ghost Parish Church at Crowcombe in The Quantock Hills, Somerset. The Carew Chapel contains some fine hatchments. Besides church architecture the fixtures and fixings provide us with clues to social history. Human social history evolves and...
Taking the waters since AD 60: The Cross Bath, Bath

Taking the waters since AD 60: The Cross Bath, Bath

Amongst my many ambitions is to desire to get to know the City of Bath better. I recently spent a morning on business there and couldn’t resist a little meander off the main high street. My quest led me down Bath Street, where facing me at the end is a near-triangular...
Cold-water Bathing in the 18th Century

Cold-water Bathing in the 18th Century

Georgian Cold-water Bathing & Balneology – Sir John Floyer & William Falconer Featured Image: The cold-water bath at Corsham Court, Wiltshire, circa 1761-63 Sir John Floyer (1649-1743) was a physician, practicing in Lichfield by 1675 for over 50 years. He was...
Cold-water Bathing in the 18th Century

The Georgian Bath House at Corsham Court

Hidden in the gardens at Corsham Court in Wiltshire is a delightful and rare Georgian bath house. It dates from circa 1761-3. In 1761 Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) laid out the plan for the grounds at Corsham Court. The grounds were completed by Humphrey...
Imagination in Wrought Iron

Imagination in Wrought Iron

The Sign Bracket of the Old Ship Inn, Castle Street, Mere, Wiltshire (circa mid-18th century) Many of us are familiar with the main trunk road that runs from Hampshire to East Devon, namely the A303. This thoroughfare forms part of the road system linking London to...