I’m back!

Sorry the site has been down for some weeks.  There was a problem with the domain which I was unable to sort out before my wife and I went on holiday to Tanzania.   Have some great pictures to show you..  More on that later. Read more »

The Elizabethan Era – An A to Z – C is for Cecil

Peter Cooke – Author C is for CECIL. During the Elizabethan era, William Cecil, became the most important courtier of his age. He was born at Bourne in Lincolnshire, his grandfather’s house, on September 18th 1520. His family background gave no indication of the heights to which William would attain. His grandfather had been of […] Read more »

The Elizabethan Era – An A to Z

Peter Cooke – Author K is for: KISSING The Elizabethans had a more robust approach to kissing as a greeting. Perhaps the best viewpoint on kissing comes from the recorded observations of various foreign(alien) visitors. On visiting a citizen’s house for a social visit, or even on business, any man would be welcomed by the […] Read more »

Glass in the 18th century, a time of great innovation.

Peter Cooke – Author Glass in the 18th century The discovery of lead crystal galvanised the glass industry into a flurry of creativity as never before. This century, possibly more than any other, saw a bewildering proliferation of new styles, new techniques and above all decorative design of the highest order.      The brilliance […] Read more »

Glass – Everthing you need to know about it. by Peter Cooke

Peter Cooke- Author Glass What is it? The Principal ingredient  is SILICA, which- occurs naturally in great abundance.  The main varieties of silica are SAND, FLINT AND QUARTZ. When heated to a high enough temperature, they melt to form glass.   When the first atomic bomb was exploded in the desert at the White Sands proving […] Read more »

A to Z of the Elizabethan era

Peter Cooke – Author J is for:   JEWELLERY   Pearls were Queen Elizabeth’s favourite and she literally dripped with pearls. She had six or more long ropes of pearls and one containing twenty-five nutmeg sized ones, as well as many other smaller ropes that were attached to her elaborate gowns and head-ware. None of […] Read more »

A to Z of Elizabethan times

I is for: INNS In the 16th century, Inns were often sited conveniently close to the markets in London. A visitor might want to leave his horse or coach at the Inn, before he made his way through the narrow streets on foot. These Inns were perhaps the equivalent of modern hotels, being substantial establishments […] Read more »

Rember, remember the fifth of November.

Since I was a small boy, this rhyme has always been with me.  However, in these enlightened? days it seems strange that so many bonfires and firework displays are taking place on days other than the 5th.  It seems to me that like Christmas, yes, Christmas, not winter holiday! – commercial interests are now paramount […] Read more »