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
Whitley Bay 3 (26/09/’20).
Whitley Bay 3 (26/09/’20).

Just off the coast and at the north end of Whitley Bay is St. Mary’s Island and lighthouse (technically not an island as it is linked to the mainland by a causeway crossable at... [more]

Whitley Bay 2 (23/09/’20).
Whitley Bay 2 (23/09/’20).

On the opposite side of the road to Blyth to the Caravan Park is Whitley Bay’s municipal cemetery (North Tyneside Metropolitan region). This is a very well kept cemetery but nevertheless with clear biodiversity... [more]

Whitley Bay (19/09/’20).
Whitley Bay (19/09/’20).

As promised, the first of three blogs on the above interrupting the run on Descriptions of Hull. The picture above, taken this morning, shows the sandy upper beach and rocky lower beach at low... [more]

Descriptions of Hull 16th to 18th centuries 2 (17/09/’20).
Descriptions of Hull 16th to 18th centuries 2 (17/09/’20).

Like his monarch a few months later (Leland didn’t make clear the dates of his descriptions so am making an assumption) Leland travelled to Hull form Beverley although, unlike Henry VIII, he detoured through... [more]

Descriptions of Hull, 16th to 18th centuries. (16/9/’20).
Descriptions of Hull, 16th to 18th centuries. (16/9/’20).

In 1985 the East Yorkshire Local History Soc. published a booklet edited by Donald Woodward and entitled Descriptions of East Yorkshire: Leland to Defoe. Dr. Woodward extracted the descriptions of Hull from various travel... [more]

Further frustrations – 15th September, 2020
Further frustrations – 15th September, 2020

Having explained the current lack of blogs in the previous one ‘one week’ became two weeks and to cut a very long story short it seems that in Windows Power-point 2007 it isn’t possible... [more]