Here are some links to online landscape history resources recently recommended by our Information Officer:

Until 1 September 2024: More Than A Shop: Brown’s of Chester. Venue: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD.
Exhibition about Chester’s long-running department store, which was founded in 1780 by Sarah Brown and based in Eastgate Street from 1791 until 2021.

Britain’s hidden woodlands
Slide show with text below.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/tripideas/britain-s-beautiful-hidden-woodlands-are-packed-with-secrets/ss-AA1hHak8?item=module_ad_enabled%253afalse#image=6

Roman Chester: Deva Victrix
Short film by the University of Chester’s Department of History and Archaeology.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCtTwvIwMIw&t=56s

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More online resources

Does a cave beneath Pembroke Castle hold the key to the fate of early Britons?
https://www.theguardian.com/science/article/2024/jun/22/does-a-cave-beneath-pembroke-castle-hold-key-to-fate-of-early-britons

The birth of Britain: hidden volcanoes
Tony Robinson investigates how volcanoes influenced the shape and location of the British Isles. On YouTube, with subtitles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBWJZBdWug0&t=119s

Iron Age farmsteads, two Roman villas and a World War II airfield revealed at Attingham Park during an archaeological survey commissioned by the National Trust to improve nature restoration 
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/roman-shropshire-attingham-park-iron-age-english-b2573647.html

Ancient ruins obliterated by nature
Gallery of sites across the world.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/ancient-ruins-obliterated-by-mother-nature-in-the-uk-and-beyond/ss-BB1nJUhG

The 2.5 mile tunnel that changed North Wales forever
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/spectacular-25-mile-tunnel-changed-29400684

Secrets of crumpled gold treasures unfolded by digital scans
Found in Denmark after being buried for an estimated 1,400 years, the sixteen bracteates (medallion-like necklaces) in the trove can now be examined without causing physical damage.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1828650/iron-age-gold-treasures-ct-scans-reconstruction

Silver-plated Hallaton helmet reconstructed
The Roman helmet, which was found in Leicestershire and dates from the first century AD, has been reconstructed digitally by a Leicester silversmith and by hand by an Italian craftsman. The original is on display at the museum in Market Harborough.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-68674319

Shaped quartz crystals found at ancient ceremonial site
The crystals may have been used to decorate Neolithic graves.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1871673/archaeology-discovery-rare-crystals-dorstone-hill-spt

Seven ‘secret’ places in North Wales
From brickworks and beaches to yew trees and caverns, Britain still has some interesting places to enjoy away from the crowds.
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/magazines/cheshire/22578093.7-secret-places-north-wales/

Nature’s ghosts: how reviving medieval farming offers wildlife an unexpected haven
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/23/natures-ghosts-excerpt-sophie-yeo-the-vile-national-trust-aoe

‘Like finding a pyramid’ What ancient buried yew trees tell us about the Fens
https://inews.co.uk/news/science/buried-ancient-yew-trees-fens-2772821

3D scans of the drowned medieval port town of Dunwich
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2322087/The-streets-Britains-Atlantis-seen-time-3D-scans-reveal-lost-medieval-town-Dunwich.html

Web Aviation aerial photography
Over 17,500 aerial photos of England, Scotland and Wales, including 19 of Cheshire.
https://www.webbaviation.co.uk/

Churches, chapels and places of faith in North Wales
Photos, text and links to relevant websites.
https://www.visitwales.com/inspire-me/holidays/faith-tourism/churches-chapels-and-places-faith-north-wales?epik=dj0yJnU9QWpObVA0ZEFqWVMtRGdnM3hKRXNaWWhoTHdBVTlMcEUmcD0wJm49azdfTnRRWVBrZmZxYXM1ZDdIVlZOQSZ0PUFBQUFBR1lzTjh3

Soft-bodied fossils discovered near Llandrindod Wells
Found in rocks laid down under the sea over 460 million years ago.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/powys-fossils-covid-sweden-one-b2330318.html

Castles of the Lune Valley
Map, photos and information.
https://bitaboutbritain.com/the-castles-of-the-lune-valley/

15 historic British landmarks on the brink of collapse
Possibly a bit harsh, but nevertheless interesting.
https://lovelistsuk.com/historic-uk-landmarks-on-the-verge-of-collapse/

Soft-bodied fossils discovered near Llandrindod Wells
Found in rocks laid down under the sea over 460 million years ago.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/powys-fossils-covid-sweden-one-b2330318.html

Coastal walk around the Dee estuary with downloadable guides
https://www.discoveringbritain.org/activities/wales/walks/flint.html

Pex Hill Nature Reserve, Widnes
Photos and suggested route through varied habitat which forms part of the Mersey Forest.
http://www.cheshirenow.co.uk/pex_hill.html

The Stone Circles of Wales
Photos and brief descriptions of 11 prehistoric monuments.
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/stone-circles-wales-fascinating-reasons-13361114#ICID=sharebar_pinterest

2,000-year-old Roman road accidentally found in Worcestershire
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/roman-road-ford-0017445

Clickable menu of parks and gardens in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Merseyside
http://www.cheshirenow.co.uk/gardens.htm

Viroconium: photographs and potted history of Wroxeter Roman City
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/viroconium-wroxeter-roman-city/129668

‘England’s Pompeii’ gives insights into life in Britain 3,000 years ago
Numerous well-preserved artefacts have been found among the remains of Bronze Age huts destroyed by fire in the East Anglian Fens.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/peterborough-pompeii-bronzeage-discovery-dig-b2515155.html

Preservation plans for Wirral’s nearest island
At low tide Hilbre Island can be reached on foot from West Kirby, and now several of its semi-derelict historic buildings are set to get a new lease of life thanks to Hilbre Community Island Trust, which has acquired the lease from Wirral Council.
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/inside-buildings-islands-you-can-28869103?utm_source=liverpool_echo_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Liverpool+Echo+-+Daily+Newsletter_newsletter&utm_content=&utm_term=&ruid=fee879e0-f9b7-4c6f-8ca5-a9fa64e03ff9

Anglo-Saxon remains in surprising places
Photos and info about surviving buildings and artistic treasures from all seven of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchs: Sussex, Essex, Wessex, Kent, East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria.
https://forums.canadiancontent.net/threads/how-the-remains-of-anglo-saxon-england-can-be-seen-in-the-most-surprising-places.140137/

Hooton Aircraft Museum revamp approved
Between April and October Hooton Park Trust hosts open days on the last Sunday of the month. The site was operational as an aerodrome between 1917 and 1957, and reuse of a former hangar will enable more historic aircraft and engines to be on display.
https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/24275167.hooton-aircraft-museum-revamp-approved-ahead-open-day/?ref=ebmpn&nid=1545&block=article_block_a&u=d4c9d445a11ca3b4d5080d09710dae3e&date=240424

Watching sunset or sunrise on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
The top of the highest mountain in Wales in the most popular place to watch sunrise and sunset in the UK. This article offers tips on how to reach the peak – and climb back down – safely when light conditions are poor:
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/most-popular-place-uk-see-28735269

Lundunwic (Saxon London) was bigger than previously realised
Recent archaeological findings and photos:
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/saxon-london-0020377

History of Tarvin and directions for walk to Hockenhull Platts
Photos and info about a picturesque settlement 6 miles north-east of Chester and nearby medieval pack-horse bridges.
http://www.cheshirenow.co.uk/tarvin.html

Anglo-Saxon settlement and the origins of the English village
An account of research into the evidence for English settlement and landscape from AD 600-1100.
https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/exploring-anglo-saxon-settlement.htm

Archaeologists uncover the secrets beneath Arthur’s Stone in Herefordshire
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1871844/archaeology-arthurs-stone-neolithic-herefordshire-spt

1,100-year-old sword found in River Cherwell in Oxfordshire
https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/vikings/1100-year-old-viking-sword-pulled-from-uk-river-by-magnet-fisher?utm_term=45CAB862-7568-43AB-A667-BD7298D261D3&lrh=84ce638986bc73b191ec0774c05a547009942838093c58c9450b62a0b824de21&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FA21F61D-3C33-4B03-8F4F-11B919A21C27&utm_source=SmartBrief

Anglo-Saxon cross found in a Civil War ditch in Tarvin…
…plus items about other 21st-century archaeological discoveries in Chester.
http://www.cheshirearchaeology.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/The-Past-Uncovered-Feb-2007.pdf

Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer
Interesting tool that displays archaeology in England which has been identified, mapped and recorded using aerial sources.
https://historicengland.org.uk/research/results/aerial-archaeology-mapping-explorer/

Unusual tours of Liverpool
Article highlighting some of the options available if you’d like a themed guided tour in one of the North West’s largest cities. The Western Approaches Command Centre, the Mersey Tunnels and Princes Road Synagogue are just three of the possibilities.
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/unusual-tours-liverpool-you-can-26990505

Merseyside’s maritime heritage saved in Cheshire
Aged over 120, the last tugboat built in Merseyside has been given new lease of life and a new home in Ellesmere Port:
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/history/she-gets-your-blood-last-28693194?IYA-mail=e26b78fd-f017-4895-a873-57ab3aad40c8

Discovering Cheshire’s Industrial Archaeology: Part 1
https://archaeologytea.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/discovering-cheshires-industrial-archaeology-part-1/

Discovering Cheshire’s Industrial Archaeology: Part 2
https://archaeologytea.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/discovering-cheshires-industrial-archaeology-part-2/

Archaeologists discover the world’s oldest wooden structure
In a video lasting just over 8 minutes Professor Larry Barham presents and discusses wooden remains shaped by human hands over 477,000 years ago and found under a river in Zambia by a team led by Liverpool University
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/feature/oldest-wooden-structure/

Merseyside’s Oldest Building
Funding and preservation plans to protect Birkenhead Priory:
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseysides-oldest-building-can-found-28650050

Update on dig for Viking ship under Wirral pub
https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/24144345.dig-viking-boat-wirral-pub-car-park-continues/?ref=ebmpn&nid=774&u=34c06549a3faa7a06a87ca649b5bb595&date=260224

Map of what Britain would look like if all the Earth’s ice melted
Bye-bye, Chester and Wirral! Let’s hope this transformation is a very, very, very long time coming.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/fascinating-map-shows-what-uk-would-look-like-if-all-the-earth-s-ice-melted/ar-AA1mZQ2C?rc=1&ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=8a8f04ec48a44424bc4a9f2a7d1756f2&ei=5

The ancient landslide and tsunami that separated Britain from Europe
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2618640/Tsunami-8-200-years-ago-wiped-tribes-British-Atlantis-say-researchers.html#i-7968f03497f4871c

Woodland walks in Wales throughout the seasons
https://www.visitwales.com/things-do/nature-and-landscapes/wildlife-flora-and-fauna/woodland-walks-wales-through-seasons

The birth of England
From separate kingdoms to a cohesive realm united under a single ruler: how the Battle of Brunanburh changed Britain forever
https://deadliestblogpage.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/england-is-born-at-bloody-brunanburh/

Sound tunnel above Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Photographs, history and how to locate the tunnel
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/hidden-tunnel-suspended-above-welsh-28352591?utm_source=wales_online_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Wales+Online+-

10 facts about birds in the UK
Fascinating info in the wake of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch plus a list of the most common birds by region
https://www.daviddomoney.com/amazing-bird-facts/

History walk of Farndon with James Balme
Video tour and ancillary information in print
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/23409314.video-tour-exploring-history-farndon-cheshire/

Cucklet Church: Exploring the Plague Church cavern near Eyam
Photographs, historic background and directions for a short walk
https://www.walkmyworld.com/posts/cucklet-church-eyam

Peak District walk: Kettleshulme from the Swan Inn (4 miles)
Map, photographs, history, topographical information and directions
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/magazines/cheshire/23855396.invigorating-hill-walk-cheshires-eastern-boundary/

1,300-year-old female burial highlights Harpole’s illustrious past
High status jewellery found during archaeological investigations in Harpole indicate cultural similarities between Anglo-Saxon Northamptonshire and Sutton Hoo
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-67691018

Circular walk along Hockenhull Platts, Cheshire’s ancient packhorse route (5 miles/8km)
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/17947229.walk-hockenhull-platts—cheshires-ancient-packhorse-route-8km/

Man as a Geological Agent: An Account of His Actions on Inanimate Nature
Digital edition of R.U. Sherlock’s 1922 book, featuring numerous examples from Cheshire.
https://archive.org/details/manasgeologicala00sheriala/page/136/mode/2up?ui=embed&view=theater

Island 102: Hilbre, Dee Estuary, Wirral
Photographs and summary of the history and geography of Wirral’s most famous island nature reserve.
https://alifetimeofislands.blogspot.com/2011/05/island-102-hilbre-dee-estuary-wirral.html#comment-form

Landscape Level Change (Issue 25 of the digital magazine Historic England Research)
https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/research/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=brand

Behind the Scenes: Woodland Management During the Winter Months
https://heartofenglandforest.org/news/behind-scenes-woodland-management-during-winter-months?utm_source=Heart+of+England+Forest+Communications&utm_campaign=e722184de0-ENEWSLETTER-JAN-2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_970ca1fa29-e722184de0-159908301&mc_cid=e722184de0&mc_eid=26c300a6b7

Enjoying Walks Despite Arthritis: 5 Ways To Feel More Confident Walking Longer Distances
https://keeptheadventurealive.com/arthritis-of-the-knee/

Cheshire Walk: Disley and the Black Rocks
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/22582782.cheshire-walk—disley-black-rocks/

Secret Wales: 34 fascinating places you’ve probably never seen before
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/secret-wales-34-hidden-fascinating-14330383

Online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales
https://coflein.gov.uk/en/

King Stephen coins found by metal detectorist
Image of rare 12th century silver pennies plus info about the historical context
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/king-stephen-coins-0019852

National Memorial Arboretum Revisited
https://bitaboutbritain.com/national-memorial-arboretum-revisited/

Cheshire walk: Higher Poynton and Lyme Park
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/22587335.cheshire-walk—higher-poynton-lyme-park/

Ancient Irish Gold
Photos and info about some of the most stunning gold artefacts ever made in Europe
https://www.reenaahluwalia.com/blog/2013/7/6/r-irelands-gold

Gwaenysgor’s fascinating past
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/forgotten-history-tiny-north-wales-25742108

The Churches of Britain and Ireland
A huge database which continues to seek entries
https://www.churches-uk-ireland.org/

History of the Wirral Peninsula
Extensive collection of photos and snippets
https://wirralhistory.uk/

History of Tidal Science in Liverpool
https://tide-and-time.uk/tidal-science-liverpool

Cheshire Directories, 1789-1910
PDFs of 11 directories, forming a superb reference source about many aspects of the county’s past.
http://cheshiredirectories.manuscripteye.com/index.htm

15th C French painting depicts a precisely drawn prehistoric tool
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/acheulean-handaxe-painting-0019589

Old maps of Liverpool
https://historic-liverpool.co.uk/old-maps-of-liverpool/

When did humans start burying their dead?
https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/when-did-humans-start-burying-their-dead?utm_term=45CAB862-7568-43AB-A667-BD7298D261D3&lrh=84ce638986bc73b191ec0774c05a547009942838093c58c9450b62a0b824de21&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_medium=email&utm_content=99C8F233-401C-4298-B580-CF8DF1C6C222&utm_source=SmartBrief

The Country Seat: Brereton Hall and other Prodigy houses
This is part of a recent for-sale ad but contains a wealth of interesting information about famous houses built in a distinctive architectural style
https://thecountryseat.org.uk/2013/11/14/a-minor-prodigy-brereton-hall-for-sale/

Deep History of Cheshire
https://www.themeister.co.uk/hindley/domesticated_animals.htm

Oldest human footprints in North America really are 23,000 years old
https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/debate-settled-oldest-human-footprints-in-north-america-really-are-23000-years-old-study-finds?utm_term=45CAB862-7568-43AB-A667-BD7298D261D3&lrh=84ce638986bc73b191ec0774c05a547009942838093c58c9450b62a0b824de21&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_medium=email&utm_content=15F87901-BC4D-4B09-A247-485866993183&utm_source=SmartBrief

Scotland’s Most Mysterious Stone-Age Settlements
https://www.ancient-origins.net/videos/orkney-islands-stone-age-settlements-0019594?utm_source=jeeng&utm_medium=email&trigger=click

The Cheshire Regiment at the Battle of the Somme
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/history/cheshire-regiment-key-role-battle-11546389

Lancashire walk with fields, farms and carvery pub
For directions, see:
https://www.lancs.live/whats-on/whats-on-news/perfect-lancashire-walk-fields-farms-27838327?utm_source=lancs_live_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email&pure360.trackingid=

Ty Hyll: The Ugly House Wales
Why is it called the Ugly House and where can you find it?
https://thirdeyetraveller.com/the-ugly-house-wales-ty-hyll-betws-y-coed/

Spotter’s Guide to Autumn Birds
https://heartofenglandforest.org/spotters-guide-autumn-birds?utm_source=Heart+of+England+Forest+Communications&utm_campaign=27851f1316-ENEWSLETTER-JAN-2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_970ca1fa29-27851f1316-159908301&mc_cid=27851f1316&mc_eid=26c300a6b7

Welsh trails
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, near Dolgellau, for mountain biking, running and walking trails, includes two trails suitable for off road mobility scooters
https://naturalresources.wales/days-out/places-to-visit/north-west-wales/coed-y-brenin-visitor-centre/?lang=en

Public access to the Historic Environment records for Wales
https://archwilio.org.uk/wp/

Lost Lancashire village
https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/lancashire-village-wiped-from-map-22194160?utm_source=lancs_live_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email&pure360.trackingid=

Mapped: All the land, castles and coastline owned by the crown in Wales
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/mapped-land-castles-coastline-owned-27847564?utm_source=wales_online_newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter2&utm_medium=email

Archaeologists discover world’s oldest wooden structure
https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2023/09/20/archaeologists-discover-worlds-oldest-wooden-structure/

Make Wine Not War: Digs in England Reveal 1st Century Roman Vineyard
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/roman-vineyard-england-0018877

The Frodsham and Helsby Circular Walk
https://easylifetraveller.com/frodsham-and-helsby-circular-walk/

Stanlow’s Secret Island
https://www.lancs.live/news/uk-world-news/secret-island-less-hour-lancashire-27730500?IYA-reg=76f0b7bd-acc7-413c-8f5a-cb891d809460

Dorothea Quarry Walk
https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-science/gristhorpe-manronze-003406?utm_source=jeeng&utm_medium=email&trigger=click

Rare Roman Cavalry Swords Found in the Cotswolds
https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/romans/2-rare-roman-cavalry-swords-from-1800-years-ago-discovered-by-uk-metal-detectorist?utm_term=45CAB862-7568-43AB-A667-BD7298D261D3&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4EEC7A56-0BA2-4FF6-BC3C-F4FDA259BA26&utm_source=SmartBrief

The Gristhorpe Man: a Bronze Age skeleton with a story to tell
https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-science/gristhorpe-manronze-003406?utm_source=jeeng&utm_medium=email&trigger=click

From pits to flushes: the strange history of toilets
https://www.ancient-origins.net/videos/history-toilets-0019271?utm_source=jeeng&utm_medium=email&

Canal, crag and castle on this easy farmland walk in Cheshire
https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/23659572.cheshire-walk-peckforton-beeston-castle-circular/

Cheshire manor house’s hidden history revealed
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshire-manor-houses-hidden-history-27626678?IYA-reg=76f0b7bd-acc7-413c-8f5a-cb891d809460