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Book Review: Kate Summerscale, The Wicked Boy (2016) Bloomsbury

24 September 2016

Kate Summerscale tells the true-crime story of child murderer Robert Coombes. No author of historical crime-fiction could come up with a more credible storyline of sin and redemption....

Snail Water - and why.

21 June 2016

Dorothea Repp's 1703 recipe would delight any horrid little schoolboy. Snayle Water  Take a peck of Garden Snayles in the Shell, wash them well in Beer and take away their froth,...

A walk through the ages along the Forge Valley and River Derwent.

27 May 2016

The Forge Valley is a dramatic gorge created during the ice age. Human settlement in the area of our walk takes the form of the twin villages of East and West Ayton, joined by an old...

Diet Cake, the Eighteenth-Century Way

21 April 2016

Dorothea Repps’ 1703 recipe for ‘Diet Cake’ demonstrates the changing use of language over time. We use the word ‘diet’ when taking about any food or drink...