Category Archives: Cemetries & Churches

It’s Ben Hall of a Life for This Bush-Ranger

19th Century Australian bush-ranger Ben Hall was born on 9th May 1837. Operating mainly in New South Wales (NSW), he was known as part of Australian folklore as “Brave Ben Hall.” Ben carried out many brave raids, some of which … Continue reading

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Praise for Matilda’s Legacy for Caen

L’Abbaye-aux-Dames (aka Ladies’ Abbey and Abbey of Sainte-Trinité / Holy Trinity) sits in the parish of St. Giles in Caen, Normandy was founded by Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror.  The Abbey  is a former monastery for women and Benedictine nuns, and … Continue reading

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It’s Gaudi – not gaudy

The Gothic, high art Nouveau, Expressionist and Cubist church,  Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (aka Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family), is commonly referred to as  “La Sagrada Família”. It is a large Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. … Continue reading

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Oranges and Lemons say the Bells of St. Clement’s

St. Clement Danes Church on London’s The Strand in the City of Westminster, was largely untouched by the Great Fire of London in 1666.  The first church on this site was reputedly founded in the 9th century by the Danes, … Continue reading

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The Isle of the Dead is real

The Isle of the Dead contains the remains of buried convicts and penal colonists who occupied the out-posted penal colony at Port Arthur in Tasmania from 1830-1877.  According to legend, banished Irish Convict John Barron, was monarch of all he … Continue reading

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The Rolling English Road…to Kensal Green

Kensal Green Cemetery was the first of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden-style cemeteries to be developed in London. Kensal Green consists of a 72-acre cemetery in the west of London, which was consecrated by the Bishop of London, on 24th  January, 1833.  … Continue reading

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