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
15th October, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 9.
15th October, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 9.

By taking an area of Bowen’s county map of the mid 18th century we can assess its value to students of area within the County. The above image (not the best) shows the area of... [more]

13th October, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 8.
13th October, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 8.

Incidentally Bowen’s 18th century county map shows both keels and slopes amongst the single-masted vessels sailing the Estuary – but I struggle to remember which is which. The cluster of masts in the centre... [more]

12th October, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 7.
12th October, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 7.

FIRST AND FOREMOST AN APOLOGY – THERE HAS BEEN A TOO LONG A GAP IN PRODUCTION. THIS IS BECAUSE I HAD A WEEK’S HOLIDAY AND THE NEXT DAY MOVED HOME FROM A HOUSE TO... [more]

14th September, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 6.
14th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 6.

Emanuel Bowen’s county map of East Yorkshire is well known for a number of reasons; it is detailed (for a county map) and is very elaborate – incorporating the image shown above and a fine... [more]

9th September, 2019   County maps of East Yorkshire 5.
9th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 5.

The third map being considered (see above) was compiled by Wenceslaus Hollar (well known in this area for his engraving showing a bird’s-eye view of Hull, 1640), probably in the 1640s and, allegedly, produced on... [more]

5th September, 2019  County maps of East Yorkshire 4.
5th September, 2019 County maps of East Yorkshire 4.

As may be seen from the extract shown above Robert Morden’s county map as reproduced in Gibson’s edition of Camden’s Britannia, 1695 is very similar, if not identical in some respects, to the county map... [more]