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
11th June, 2019.  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island.
11th June, 2019. Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island.

Currently taking dog first thing to Middlegate on the side of the scarp slope of the Lincs. Wolds as the rights of way across to the Humber bank from Sluice Road are blocked-off with... [more]

8th June, 2019  Churchyards as places of resort 3.
8th June, 2019 Churchyards as places of resort 3.

Two essential elements to making churchyards ‘places of resort’ are benches (seating) and a hard-surface perimeter path around the church building, this latter to facilitate a visual taking-in/study of the external features of the... [more]

5th June, 2019 Churchyards as places of resort (2), nature reserves.
5th June, 2019 Churchyards as places of resort (2), nature reserves.

The photo above shows a section of Paull churchyard, south-east of Hull. Looking south the view shows a section of the Humber Estuary in the middle distance with one of the industrial sites on... [more]

3rd June, 2019  Churchyards – places of resort.
3rd June, 2019 Churchyards – places of resort.

Having, for some months now, discussed the issue of cemeteries as places of resort, as well as municipal parks and recreation grounds, it seems reasonable to discuss churchyards in the same context. By places... [more]

29th May, 2019.  Plants in ‘places of resort’.
29th May, 2019. Plants in ‘places of resort’.

As far as I know the only remaining formal flower beds still maintained by the Hull Council Parks Dept. are at the western end of Queen’s Gardens in the town centre (see above). Bedding... [more]

23rd May, 2019  Birdsong in Places of Resort 2.
23rd May, 2019 Birdsong in Places of Resort 2.

When considering birdsongĀ a distinction needs to be made between ‘song’ and ‘call’. The former is more complex and often has melody, whereas the latter is usually more strident and monotonous, an alarm signal warning... [more]