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
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 42.
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 42.

One of the most dramatic features of the landscape history of Britain in modern times has been the physical expansion of urban areas with the concomitant loss of once rural areas and of once... [more]

20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 41.
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 41.

Attribution for the above picture from Wikipedia is’By Colin Smith, [more]

20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 40.
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 40.

Bransholme public housing estate benefitted from a more thoughtful approach than had been the case at Orchard Park. For one thing, large areas of open ‘green’ space were left undeveloped thus giving much of... [more]

20th century Housing History in the Humberside Region 39.
20th century Housing History in the Humberside Region 39.

(I wanted to add two pictures of white flowering wild flowers currently (see blog 37), daisies and jack-by -the-hedge, this one of the vernacular names for this plant. However, this site as set-up does... [more]

20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 39.
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 39.

(This is post number 39 because the last one should have been number 38, not 37 again). With a development like Orchard Park Estate it’s hard to think of it just in an historical... [more]

20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 37.
20th century Housing History for the Humberside Region 37.

The photo above, Wikipedia credit ukhousing/images/8/8b/IMAG0239, shows Mildane, one of Orchard Park Estate’s 10 tower block housing units built in the 1960s. Until their staged demolition since 2002 these tower blocks formed a bold... [more]