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
Views of the Humber Estuary  2.
Views of the Humber Estuary 2.

The picture above shows part of the first known navigational chart of the Humber compiled by Lord Burleigh, or more likely his workforce, c.1560. It clearly shows the coastline of south Holderness before the... [more]

Views of the Humber Estuary.
Views of the Humber Estuary.

Today’s photo. shows a view across the Estuary from the south bank. This particular point along the coast is known as Chowder Ness, a curious name, its etymology being unknown to me. As along... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  20.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 20.

The final location in this series on monastic history is the site of Hull’s Carmelite Friary. The photo. above shows the excavated site of Hull’s Beverley Gate, one of four gates in the late-medieval... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  19.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 19.

The above picture shows a remnant of Blackfriargate Staithe which led to the River Hull ‘Old Harbour’, incidentally, the point from which the Hull – Barton ferry sailed from 1320s onwards as permitted initially... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Yorkshire  18.
Monastic History Hull and East Yorkshire 18.

When Ken MacMahon’s history of Beverley was printed (Beverley (Dalesman Books, 1973) he wrote of the site of the Dominican Friary ‘the building stands pathetic, forlorn and desolate – grim evidence of 20th century... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  17.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 17.

Contemporary with the establishment of Hull’s Carthusian monastery (s.p.b.) friars and friaries had become the most endowed of monastic establishments. Unlike the ‘older’ monastic orders friaries were usually established in urban, rather than rural,... [more]