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
14th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 12.
14th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 12.

The picture above is an early photo of the second church on Sunk Island with the elementary school building just showing on the left, this now a private house. The church is a very... [more]

12th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 11.
12th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 11.

‘Reclaimed land’ (a peculiar phrase seeing as shallow embanked mudflats were not previously claimed) such as Sunk Island was/is, by common law owned by the ‘Crown’, and the farmers that work the land were/are... [more]

9th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 10.
9th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 10.

The publication Sunk Island Miscellany (s.p.b.s) references a letter written in 1711 (this included in Leland’s Itinerary and referenced in Allen, T. A New and Complete History of the County of York (1831),¬†written by... [more]

7th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 9.
7th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 9.

Given what was decided in the previous blog the building of new clay banks to expand the area of Sunk Island during the early modern period must have been a precarious business. A fully... [more]

6th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 8.
6th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 8.

Firstly an apology for short ‘break in transmission’ as have ben preoccupied with issues related to problems in selling my house. The photo above, taken from current front bedroom window, shows, in the foreground,... [more]

30th June, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 7.
30th June, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 7.

The photo. above was taken at a point on the coast of Sunk Island near Hawkin’s Point, this at low tide and showing Cleethorpes water tower in the distance across the Estuary. It shows... [more]