SPLENDID SILENT PIER PIER 2

The Seaside Pier Seaside or ‘pleasure’ piers, those glorious, intrinsically British structures, were first built in the 19th Century, the earliest being Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight, constructed in 1813. The famous Southend Pier is the longest pier in the world, extending 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary. … Show more

FISH AND CHIPS

Fish and chips, now who can resist them? Crisp, golden batter covering delicious flaky white fish, served with hot, steaming chips, wrapped in newspaper. (Well not exactly newspaper any more, but Brits of a certain age will remember that) They are practically an institution in the UK; the original fast … Show more

THE PENDLE WITCHES

As a Lancastrian, born in the shadow of Pendle Hill, I was raised knowing the story of the ‘Lancashire Witches’ very well. I have trudged up Pendle Hill on scores of occasions, including some scary night walks up there at Halloween. During the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly during the … Show more

GRACE DARLING

I love lighthouses and reading about their history, as well as the many stories connected with them. One of the most well-known lighthouses in the UK is Longstone Lighthouse, off the coast of beautiful Northumberland. It looks over the treacherous Harcar rocks, the scene of many shipwrecks over the years. … Show more