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Paul Tiny Jackson
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Sayings what you will about Bath
During a recent walk around Bath in Somerset I was made aware of a number of sayings in everyday use that have possible origins that are linked to sights within the city. Here are the sayings in question and how they may be related to points of interest in ...

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Burying Scrooge
The church in the below photos is St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. St Chad’s dates from 1792, and the church’s distinctive round profile (you can just see this in the second picture below), makes it somewhat of an eye-catcher. As interesting as t...

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Discovering Oxygen at Wiltshire's Atlantis
Anyone who has studied chemistry will be familiar with the name Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804). Priestley was the clergyman chemist who is credited with the discovery of oxygen in August 1774. Oxygen, which Priestley called "dephlogisticated air", was only ...

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Levitating Canal Boats and Massive Water Horses
This week’s post is a guest post penned by author and long-time Fortean Dr Andrew May. Andrew maintains his own blog “ Retro-Forteana ”, which in his own words "focuses on the weirder fringes of history (and other old-fashioned stuff)". Andrew regularly con...

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The Southwark Spike
At the southern end of London Bridge, in the shadow of the spike-shaped building “The Shard”, is another spike shaped structure. This structure is a 16m tall spike made from light grey Portland stone. This leaning spike tapers from its base to a point, and ...

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The Sarsen and the Trap Door
Previously in this blog I have visited Knowlton Church and earthworks in Dorset, where a 12 th century Norman church resides within the confines of a much older Neolithic henge monument (dating
from circa 2,500 BC). Knowlton Church and earthworks is cited ...

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The Blowing Stone
The Blowing Stone is a sarsen stone that resides outside Blowing Stone Cottages, at the base of Blowingstone Hill, just to the south of the B4507 near Kingston Lisle in Oxfordshire. The sarsen is around 3ft tall and is perforated by a number of holes, which...

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Headington Shark
I first saw the Headington Shark in March 1994 on the front cover of Fortean Times, and in June this year I finally got to see it in the flesh. The Headington Shark “crash landed” head first in to the roof of 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford early on t...

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Britain's only Blue Post Box?
On a recent trip to Windsor I was surprised see my first blue Royal Mail post box, which is located near Windsor Castle where the High Street joins St Alban’s Street. Blue post boxes seem to be a very rare thing indeed and some sources suggest that this may...

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The Shoes that Undertook the First "Grand Tour"
The Church of St Peter & St Paul in the village of Odcombe in Somerset is home to an usual monument. The monument in question can be found inside the church, attached to one of the walls is a stone carving of a pair of old shoes. This stone carving is actua...
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