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
22nd March, 2019  History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 4.
22nd March, 2019 History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 4.

To return, for a moment, to the Castle Street disused burial ground, Hull (closed for burials 1861, s.p.b.s), and to further the theme of the partnership between cemeteries and parks, it was minuted (Corporation,... [more]

17th March, 2019.  History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 3.
17th March, 2019. History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 3.

The picture above is taken from Neave, D. Lost Churches and Chapels of Hull (1991, 51) and shows a drawing by F.S. Smith of the Georgian church of St. Mary’s Church, Sculcoates built around... [more]

14th March, 2019.  History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 2.
14th March, 2019. History of Hull’s Cemeteries, 2.

An additional point re the last blog’s consideration of the common features of public parks and municipal cemeteries is that in 1904 Kingston upon Hull Urban Sanitary Authority combined the two previously separate committees... [more]

10th March, 2019. History of Hull’s Cemeteries.
10th March, 2019. History of Hull’s Cemeteries.

The picture above shows a brick-built table tomb in Hull’s Castle Street cemetery/disused burial ground, this area soon to be radically altered by road-works connected with the upgrading of the local road system. It... [more]

8th March, 2019.  History of Hull’s Public Parks .
8th March, 2019. History of Hull’s Public Parks .

Going back, for a moment, to a point made in the last blog re the ‘mound’ at East Park, a minute of March 1905 stated that soil for the mound was being carted fromĀ ... [more]

5th March, 2019,  History of Hull’s Public Parks 8.
5th March, 2019, History of Hull’s Public Parks 8.

The picture above is taken from One Hundred and Twenty-One Views of Hull and District c.1910 (s.p.b.s) and shows the ‘Mound, East Park’. This feature was almost certainly not natural but a result of... [more]