Introduction In this episode, we look at Penshaw Monument in Washington, Tyne and Wear. We learn about its construction and Radical Jack, the man it commemorates. We explore the legend of the Lambton Worm, a beast which terrorised the area, and we look at follies – beautiful structures that don’t serve any purpose. What You’ll…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli Gardens – Introduction to Item 95 As a poker player, Mark sometimes wins entry into a competition happening abroad; we’ve been…

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  Introduction In this episode, we look at the mining heritage of north east England, the Felling Colliery and pit disaster; the four-poster bed tomb of three small children, and the mystery of the other couple commemorated on the memorial. What You’ll Hear 0:58: The mining industry in the north of England 1:49: The Felling…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Leiden Windmill. Leiden Windmill – Introduction to Item 94 I’ve been visiting Leiden all my life, and I remember being amazed by the windmills…

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Introduction The story of Lindisfarne, Inner Farne & the other islands; Viking raiders; the heroic story of Grace Darling. What You’ll Hear 0:45: A brief history of Lindisfarne 1:27: The Viking raiders 2:27: Inner Farne & the pele tower 3:48: Grace Darling 5:01: The SS Forfarshire disaster Prefer to read instead? Click here for a…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Koh Chang. Koh Chang – Introduction to Item 93 Mark and I spent a week or so on Koh Chang Island as part of…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle – Introduction to Item 92 Edinburgh is a mere 50-minute train ride from Newcastle Central Station. Tickets are cheap, and…

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Introduction How Newcastle upon Tyne got its name; the history of the castle & the story of Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror. What You’ll Hear 1:24: The earliest structure on the Castle site 2:05: William the Conqueror strengthens his hold 2:52: Rebellions & sieges 3:46: The stone castle & the Black Gate 4:50:…

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Introduction The history of Tynemouth, its Priory, the later Castle that sat on the monastery land, and its surprising connection to the Norman Conquest. What You’ll Hear 0:55: The history of Tynemouth 2:04: The Victorian metro station 2:31: The Priory 4:10: Tostig Godwinson 4:31: The Castle Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript…

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First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the London Red Bus. London Red Bus – Introduction to Item 91 The first time I went to London was on a school trip…

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