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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

HAPPY NEW YEAR! History is always changing.  The kind of history I did at school, kings and queens, great battles and the stories of great men [and occasionally women] has given way to a much more broadly based picture of … Continue reading

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The Pagoda at Chanteloup

If I asked you to think of a pagoda in  a European garden I suspect your automatic reaction would be to think of the one at Kew. But there is another, perhaps inspired by it, in an imposing position in … Continue reading

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Hatshepsut and Thutmosis

We tend to think of Botanic Gardens as being very much a western invention, and that the earliest ones  were founded in  northern Italy in the 16th century.  Of course it all depends what you mean by a botanic garden,  but … Continue reading

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Sneferu… and his garden

No… it’s not an old English dialect swear word, or a disease of sheep or anything remotely similar, instead Sneferu was an early Egyptian pharaoh who ruled around 4500 years ago. Like Ozymandias he would have been long forgotten but … Continue reading

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Bodiam Castle

  Bodiam in Sussex has been described as the most written about and photographed  castle in the whole of Britain. This is not just because it’s a wonderfully photogenic site with opportunities to show off even an amateur’s camera skills. Bodiam doesn’t … Continue reading

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