9 January 2017

Guest blog: Civil War Oxford (Vanessa Moir, civilwaroxford.co.uk)

The interactive map showing locations associated with court officials, university members, townspeople and guests during the English Civil War (image copyright: civilwaroxford.co.uk)

Vanessa Moir created civilwaroxford.co.uk after being inspired by her university studies and her experience of living in the city. In this guest blog she explains more about its interactive features, the primary sources she's working with, and her plans for the site's future ...

4 January 2017

Bromley Hall: London's oldest brick building

A grim stretch of the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach is hardly where you'd expect to find London's oldest brick building - or an English Civil War gunpowder factory, for that matter ...

21 October 2016

The Danby Gate @ Oxford Botanic Garden

The Danby Gate in Oxford (1632-33). 

I previously wrote a couple of articles about the York House Water Gate in London. The architect Nicholas Stone is now considered to have been its designer and builder, and comparisons are often drawn with the Danby Gate in Oxford, built 1632-33.

I managed to have a look round the Danby Gate, now the entrance to the Botanic Garden, on a recent visit to the city. Here are some pics ...

5 September 2016

Wooden replica of 17th century London burnt

Here's the video of the 120m-long wooden replica of 17th century London being set alight.

The model was built by US artist David Best to mark 350 years since the Great Fire of London in 1666. To mark the anniversary the Museum of London has created a website as a permanent resource for information on the fire: