Happy Bloody Halloween

Happy Bloody Halloween by madame-guillotine featuring red jewelry Falconwright leather purse, £61 / Topshop red jewelry, £9.38 / What A Mess Scoop Skater Dress › Black Milk Clothing, £53 / JAMILA | Womens Boots | Official Dr Martens Store – UK / Library of Fragrance Gingerbread Eau de Toilette 30ml | Fragrance -… / Applecurrant Crumble Classic Jar Candle – Autumn/Winter 2014/15 -… / Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Super NSFW Review: Makeup:… I am ALL ABOUT Halloween or at least I will be once we’ve managed to clamber over the hurdle that is my birthday in a couple […]

The Tower of London at twilight

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by the amazing crew at Historic Royal Palaces to take part in a very special private twilight tour of the Tower of London. Due to heinous busy busy, I’ve been a bit tardy writing this post about it but let’s pretend that I was intending to publish it on Halloween all along, shall we? I got to the Tower at almost seven in the evening, when it was already dusk and after being greeted at the main gates (there’s something so fabulous about swanning airily past the general public isn’t there?), […]

Lovely things

My rather nice husband bought me this Cockney necklace from Tatty Devine as a surprise present. Hello again. I’ve been really quiet, haven’t I? Sorry about that but it’s all in a good cause as I stupidly decided to commemorate 1.5 million blog hits by moving my blog to self hosting (it’s almost done and, if you’re interested, I’ll be selling some VERY limited advertising space just as soon as it’s finished); writing my Minette and detective novels (both going well and I also know what my next two books will be about – one of which may come as […]

Ghosts of Whitechapel

Ah, where would the blogging community be without Halloween and its creepy culinary, cake, cinematic and sartorial delights? We history bloggers can have spooky fun too though! Oh yes. I mean, for many of us, it might as well be Halloween every day as we share tales of historical bloodshed, misery and woe but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a special effort once in a while! Once upon a time, many years ago, I made one of my boyfriends take me to the Ten Bells pub in Whitechapel, which is, of course, well known as the favoured drinking spot […]

Cross Bones graveyard, Southwark

‘I have heard of ancient men, of good credit, report that these single women were forbidden the rites of the church, so long as they continued that sinful life, and were excluded from Christian burial, if they were not reconciled before their death. And therefore there was a plot of ground called the Single Woman’s churchyard, appointed for them far from the parish church’ – John Stow, Survey of London, 1598. One of the saddest spots in central London, a few minutes walk away from the busy, thriving Borough Market in Southwark, Cross Bones graveyard is the final resting place of […]

The screaming skull of Burton Agnes Hall

When I was a little girl we lived for a while in the countryside near Beverley in Yorkshire, which was rather lovely as we had an amazingly creepy church in our village, Dalton Holme and also lots of splendid countryside to roam around. One of the best things about the area for me though was our proximity to Burton Agnes Hall, an incredibly beautiful Elizabethan manor house with the most wonderful gardens. I spent many happy hours at Burton Agnes at that time, wandering around the beeswax and pot pourri scented mansion, with its beautiful light filled long gallery at […]