Welcome to Richard Clarke's website.

Having been a secondary school history teacher for 36 years and prison tutor for three I now focus on developing my interest in landscape history and on fostering an interest in others as a speaker, tutor, writer, guide and researcher (house and church).

I am available for consultation in areas such as:
  • Illustrated talks;
  • Presentations;
  • Guiding;
  • Articles;
  • Research.
Recent Posts
3rd June, 2020  Southcoates 3.
3rd June, 2020 Southcoates 3.

Rose-bat willow herb, known in Tudor times as ‘codlings and cream’. Continued directly from last blog – Book of Inquisitions – transcribed by members of the Yorkshire Archaeological Soc. and printed in their Record... [more]

30th June, 2020  Southcoates 2.
30th June, 2020 Southcoates 2.

Willow herb flowers from the top down. Holderness Road had been part of the Hedon-Preston-Hull Turnpike between 1745 and 1878 (see MacMahon, K.A. Roads and Turnpike Trusts in Eastern Yorkshire (E.Y.L.H.S., 1964) and as... [more]

29th June, 2020.  Drypool 10 / Southcoates.
29th June, 2020. Drypool 10 / Southcoates.

Above photo is of a patch of willow-herb, just coming into flower now (photo some years ago), a month earlier than 50 years ago. The last map I have available to me at present... [more]

26th June, 2020. Drypool 9, Point of view 18.
26th June, 2020. Drypool 9, Point of view 18.

The photo above shows a view east along Victoria Dock from a point near the Dock entrance off the River Hull, it shows how the creation of the Dock really hemmed-in St Peter’s church... [more]

25th June, 2020.  Drypool 8.
25th June, 2020. Drypool 8.

As well as the Victoria Dock Railway the map extract of the last blog shows the points at which the Withernsea (Hull and Holderness Railway) and Hornsea Railways veered off from the main line.... [more]

24th June, 2020.  Drypool 7. Point of view 17.
24th June, 2020. Drypool 7. Point of view 17.

The map extract above is from Goodwill and Lawson’s Plan of Hull published 1869, a generation after their previous Plan (s.p.b.). The most dramatic impact on the Drypool area across those 27 years was... [more]