Hackneyed?

On my short exploration of the parts of England that I don't usually reach I eventually arrived at Hackney, and Sutton House.  Now Hackney is not just a place-name, without the capitalisation it is defined here as Middle English: probably from Hackney in East London, where horses were pastured. The term originally denoted an ordinary riding … Continue reading Hackneyed?

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Wooden It Be Nice

Of the two churches I visited in Manchester, it seemed right to begin with St Ann's as archaeological evidence suggests that the first church to be built in Manchester was erected near that site though it was destroyed by vikings in the 10th Century. That said my second church can also point to Anglo-Saxon origins as … Continue reading Wooden It Be Nice

Think Before You Speke

My usual base of operations in the Widnes area being fully booked, I found accommodation a little further afield on the fringes of Liverpool's John Lennon airport, whose signage manages to borrow a line from Imagine without being completely cheesy (though I did have to remove the street lights from the picture to give truth to … Continue reading Think Before You Speke