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
15th August, 2019  Sunk Island postscript 5.
15th August, 2019 Sunk Island postscript 5.

Following the petition to the king in 1344 Edward III appointed an ‘inquisition’ to investigate the matter the result being that those given the task confirmed the Frismersk residents petition. Consequently king Edward ordered... [more]

11th August, 2019  Sunk Island postscript 4.
11th August, 2019 Sunk Island postscript 4.

Another settlement/area of an earlier Sunk Island the evidence for which was studied by Boyle (Lost Towns of the Humber, s.p.b.s) was Frismersk. His map, reproduced above, locates it towards the eastern side of... [more]

6th August, 2019  Sunk Island postscript 3.
6th August, 2019 Sunk Island postscript 3.

Boyle (s.p.b.) quotes from the Meaux Abbey Chronicle to the effect that in the 1240s ‘the sea inundated and passed over its coasts almost throughout the whole eastern part of England; and the Humber... [more]

4th August, 2019  Sunk Island postscript 2.
4th August, 2019 Sunk Island postscript 2.

The above map, self-drawn by the author Boyle, J.R. Lost Towns of the Humber (1889), shows Sunk Island having much the same extent as today. However the point of the map is to show... [more]

31st July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser Odd, Sunk Island, postscript.
31st July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser Odd, Sunk Island, postscript.

I was recently given a postcard showing the above aerial photo of Spurn Point. A detailed study of the photo shows that the picture was taken years ago, the postcard being produced for the Yorkshire... [more]

25th July, 2019  Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 16.
25th July, 2019 Reed’s Island, Ravenser (Odd), Sunk Island 16.

David Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding (Yale University Press, 2005, 715), concludes the section on Sunk Island by stating that the Crown Colony was ‘a short-lived venture but some of the brick and... [more]