Category visitations

Marlene Dietrich starts living a life of her own.

On the strength of The Blue Angel’s international success that we saw last week, Marlene was given a chance for a crack in Hollywood. Her first film there was Morocco, a 1930’s romantic drama that she shared with Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou who had served as a captain in the US Army ambulance service […]


Queen Victoria, Manchester and a Ship Canal

It was in October 1851that Manchester first welcomed Queen Victoria to the region – the first monarch for 150 or so years – and both Manchester and Salford went to great lengths to host a memorable event. The escort for the royal party included a Guard of Honour of the Yeoman Cavalry who accompanied them […]


The Monasteries in the 15th century

By the 15th century the monastic houses of the Fenlands had been in existence for over 400 years and a great deal of the original zeal had dissipated. It is significant that visitations by Bishops or their representatives increased during this time – and what they found was often far removed from what the Benedictine […]