General Wolfe window at St. Alfege Church, Greenwich (Courtesy of St. Alfege)

Rare chance to see General James Wolfe’s family vault in Greenwich

St. Alfege Church in Greenwich is offering to show visitors the church crypt, which holds General James Wolfe’s family vault, on Easter Saturday the 15th of April 2017 between 10 am and 5 pm. This is a rare chance to visit the crypt of the historic church. (I emphasized Saturday on purpose.) Details are below. I wouldn’t Continue reading


Young Admiral Nelson, Horatio Nelson as a young man, before he became one of Britain's greatest heroes. Courtesy Visit Greenwich, CC Att Generic 2.0 License.

Nelson’s widow died a week after Wellington’s wife

In looking up something quite unrelated, I noticed two interesting entries within a few lines of each other on page 188 of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany, Volume 5, from 1831. “DEATHS “April 24, At Apsley House, after a lingering illness, the Duchess of Wellington. … “[May 4], At her house in Harley Street, in her Continue reading


John Law Baker Fountain behind St Martin in the Fields (Jill Browne)

Ever noticed the John Law Baker fountain behind St. Martin in the Fields?

Did you know there’s a fountain behind the famous church on Trafalgar Square, the Church of St. Martin in the Fields? In fact there’s more, but today I’m just looking closely at the fountain. I walked round to inspect it on a chilly day in November. There was no one else taking an interest, and Continue reading


Red Lion Square by Jo Wilkinson

Red Lion Square: Cromwell, a most unusual name, reforming prostitutes, Pre-Raphaelites, and more

It’s time to take a closer look at Red Lion Square. It has more than its share of ghosts and stories. Red Lion Square with Jo Wilkinson My heritage hot spot is one of London’s garden squares. It may not have the elegance of Bedford Square or the fountains of Russell Square but it is Continue reading


The Sutton Hoo Helmet at the British Museum, by Don Brown

A Tudor Tower, Oranges and Lemons, a Gothic wonder, and the magnificent British Museum

Did you know you can visit a Tudor tower right in central London? It’s almost hidden in plain sight. Here are four special places for your London Heritage Hotspot explorations: the British Museum St Clement Danes Church St Pancras Station Canonbury Tower. The British Museum with Don Brown What’s one of my favourite London Heritage Continue reading


The George Inn in Southwark, by Mike Paterson of London Historians

Top picks: The George Inn, Savile Row, Guildhall, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich, and Regent’s Canal

What’s one of your top picks for a London Heritage Hotspot? Here’s what I heard from a few of those in the know, starting with the historic George Inn. The George Inn in Southwark with Mike Paterson Out of the six contributors today, Mike Paterson of London Historians is the only one I know in Continue reading


Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne

Book review: Marianne North, A very intrepid painter

I love Marianne North’s paintings of plants and landscapes. Last week, my sister gave me a copy of Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne. Despite the forest of unread books in my house, I immediately put this one at the top of the list. Marianne North was an unusual woman for her time Continue reading