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Too many men – Women of Bedford protest

Too many men – Women of Bedford protest

There are eleven statues in the town of Bedford, and not one of them is of a woman.  A vigorous local campaign has grown up to put that right. The campaign group Women of Bedford wants to erect the first statue in the town to celebrate a woman - educational reformer,...

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An excellent gift for the Vicar

Bah Humbug is one response to Christmas, exemplified by Dr Seuss’ The Grinch.  In 1644 Parliament was peopled with Puritan Grinches, and their declaration cancelling Christmas has now been reproduced on a tea towel. Clearly these were not populists, appealing to the...

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“A huge, heavy galleon of white Portland stone…”

“…anchored among the red-brick Queen Anne houses of the weavers.”  So John Betjeman described Christ Church, Spitalfields, in The Collins Guide to English Parish Churches. The Grade I listed church was built following an Act of Parliament in 1711, which legislated for...

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Slavery, statuary and Huguenot villainry

Thanks to Black Lives Matter and the toppling of a Bristol statue, I’ve just found out about the part a number of Huguenots played in the transatlantic slave trade.  All that Bible reading did such Huguenots no good when it came to the lives of stolen Africans. We all...

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