Category Archives: History

Exhibition: ‘Death: A Self-Portrait’ (Wellcome Collection)

The universality of ‘Death,’ with the realization that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually, rather than talking or reading about it. – Richard Harris For ages I’ve been trying to get along to … Continue reading

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The Saxon Church of St Laurence, Bradford-on-Avon

Sunday morning found us killing a couple of hours in Bradford-on-Avon, having stayed overnight at a hotel just outside the town following a family wedding nearby. It has to be said that Bradford-on-Avon is a very pleasant place to kill … Continue reading

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From Little Venice to Little Arabia – Sunday afternoon on London’s canals

I’m on holiday this week but due to lack of funds our vacation has turned into a staycation. Never mind – there’s plenty to do in London, even with the terrible weather we have been ‘enjoying’ of late. So we … Continue reading

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The St Cuthbert Gospel part 2

As described in part 1 of this article, the St Cuthbert Gospel has a unique provenance; for four centuries it lay next to the body of St Cuthbert inside the wooden coffin that contained his remains from 698 to 1104. … Continue reading

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The St Cuthbert Gospel part 1

From time to time I like to pop into the British Library, which is only a 20 minute bus journey from our home. Sometimes this is to visit the latest exhibition, at other times just to spend a half hour … Continue reading

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In Wesley’s Footsteps (7): Charles Wesley’s Marylebone

In this latest part of my ‘Wesley’s Footsteps’ series the Wesley in question is Charles rather than John. It is perhaps unfortunate that most Methodists today know Charles Wesley solely for his hymn writing, for he was a considerable evangelist … Continue reading

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Sermon for Wesley Day/Aldersgate Sunday

This is the latest version of a sermon/address that has evolved over the years. It is based on the account given by Rupert Davies in his book Methodism. It has been preached both on Wesley Day (24th May) and Aldersgate … Continue reading

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