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

When considering birdsong 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]

19th May 2019  Birdsong in ‘places of resort’.
19th May 2019 Birdsong in ‘places of resort’.

The cuckoo’s distinctive call as a harbinger of spring is welcomed by those persons visiting parks, recreation grounds and cemeteries especially now as apparently migrating numbers have declined greatly, the call then being evidence that some... [more]

15th May, 2019  Sound in ‘places of resort’.
15th May, 2019 Sound in ‘places of resort’.

An interesting idea was followed-up in an article in the latest edition of Landscape History (Vol. 40, 2019, Issue 1), the Journal of the Society for Landscape Studies, in an article entitled ‘Sound in... [more]

2th May, 2019   Recreation Grounds 2.
2th May, 2019 Recreation Grounds 2.

A minute of the Parks Committee of Hull Municipal Corporation in 1906 refers to a plan to upgrade the Cannon Street Recreation Ground with perimeter planting and fence and further improvements to ‘meet by-laws’.... [more]

8th May, 2019  Recreation Grounds.
8th May, 2019 Recreation Grounds.

A reference to ‘Cannon Street recreation ground’ appears in the minutes of the Parks Committee, Hull Corporation in the summer of 1891. It appears that the land of the ‘rec.’ was leased from Hull... [more]

8th May, 2019  Recap.
8th May, 2019 Recap.

The photo above shows the south facing entrance door to the chapels complex at Eastern Cemetery, Hull, to the left the war memorial mentioned in a recent blog. Over the last six months (almost)... [more]