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
Monastic History Hull and East Riding  8.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 8.

(The second source of evidence on Meaux Abbey) – surviving cartularies from the 14th and 15th centuries in the national archives (cartularies were recordings of land holdings at the time). Meaux Cistercian Abbey was... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  8.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 8.

Only by virtue of the Abbey site at Meaux and the connected nunnery at Swine did the Cistercian Order impact on life in medieval East Riding, although these were both very significant sites. The... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  7.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 7.

The Order of Augustinian Canons proved to have the most numerous monastic sites in the East Riding. A decade after the establishment of the priory at Kirkham, s.p.b., another was established at Warter (1132),... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  6.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 6.

Today’s picture is a scan of the cover of a walk guide round Bridlington’s Old Town, the Old Town area with its fine Georgian and Victorian buildings being inland from the Harbour front and... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  5.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 5.

At the end of the blog published on 12th February I promised a quote which summarises Gilyard-Beer’s overview (s.p.b.s) of monastic history, ‘Throughout the whole of its history there has been a tendency for... [more]

Monastic History Hull and East Riding  4.
Monastic History Hull and East Riding 4.

The above picture is an aerial photo. of most of Barrow on Humber village as shown on the cover of ‘John Harrison’s Village’, published by Barrow W.E.A. branch, 1999. All the monastic sites in... [more]