Author: Helen Clarkson

Eyam, The Peak District’s Plague Village

My previous articles have been a celebration of happy times, or of my appreciation of wonder and beauty. This article is slightly different in that respect. It does feature a very beautiful place, the village of Eyam in the Peak District. However due to village’s connection with the plague in the 17th century, there is much sadness to be remembered too when focusing on the place. I have been to the Peak District many times and I often go and visit the village of Eyam because of its interesting history. I began my most recent visit with a walk...

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St Pancras International – Gateway to European Adventure

I recently spent a day in London with my camera and a desire to capture the details of two stations that I’ve frequently passed through. I have shared the results of half of this trip in my King’s Cross article and here is an account of my experiences and thoughts while I was at St Pancras. St Pancras is the 10th most used station in Great Britain according to 16-17 government statistics, which measure almost 33 and a half million entries and exits during the year. Victorian built St Pancras Station was designed by engineer William Barlow, and opened...

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King’s Cross Station – Entry to the Hogwarts Express

Increasingly as I’ve passed through King’s Cross or St. Pancras stations on a mission to get to my ultimate destination, I’ve been distracted by the number of interesting features and the stunning architecture at these stations. This was so much the case that I recently decided to spend the day with my camera wandering around these fascinating places to do them proper justice. This article just features King’s Cross and I will concentrate on St. Pancras in another article. King’s Cross is no doubt a busy place, in 2016/17 there were almost 34 million entries and exits making it...

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Sheringham – A North Norfolk Gem

Sometimes you go to a new place and as nice as it is, that will be the only time that you visit there. On occasions however one visit somewhere leads to continual return visits because something draws you back; because there are things you still want to see, because of the way the place makes you feel, because that place gives you something that you emotionally need or maybe because you simply want to relive memories. Sheringham is that sort of place for me, after almost 20 visits there I still want to return and the place still delights...

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Cambridge – Trinity College and Corpus Christi College

For my second article about Cambridge I would like to focus on two colleges which to my mind have a strong ability to inspire, because of either their past students’ endeavours or because of their connection with past students’ amazing achievements. The almost magical ability that people have to inspire others, to my mind, is amazing. Even with no actual physical meeting, people can fill others with the urge, or seemingly new found ability to do or feel something. Just by exposure to the concept of one person’s actions or achievements, others can feel a boost in energy and...

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Cambridge – A look around King’s College and Pembroke College

Cambridge University is an institution that conjures up a wide range of feelings in people. To me, its colleges, the older ones especially, are incredibly aesthetically pleasing and inspiring places that are steeped in fascinating history. These colleges make up a prestigious university that, from my observations, anyone from any background has a chance to experience, as access is purely on merit. Anyone who can satisfy the entrance requirements is equally respected. My observations have taken place while watching my state-educated son’s journey through his application to Cambridge and his life as an undergraduate student here. As we currently...

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