The wooden hut built by Henry William Williamson in Georgeham, Devon © Historic England Archive
Isolation and social distancing have shaped our past and places in many different ways.
Historic buildings and places are reminders of how people have lived, coped, struggled and sometimes even changed the world.
Here are ten places which have witnessed moments of self-isolation…
Source: 10 Places That Tell Stories of Isolation | Heritage Calling
Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London E1
London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of sho…
Source: 8 Historic London Shopfronts | Heritage Calling
Oh, how I mourn the loss of Woolies. Pound shops and the like bear no comparison.
Researching Woolworth’s stores in Great Britain and Ireland allowed me to wallow in childhood nostalgia. I clearly remember the old counter-service Woolies – customers clamouring for the attention of the ‘girls’, or testing the gigantic red scales that always stood in the entrance.
In fact, as a very small person, I discovered the joys of pop music in my local Woolworth’s, jumping about with excitement to The Beatles’ She Loves You. Only years later did I realise that it must have been the ‘Embassy’ cover version, recorded especially for Woolworth’s by an invented group, ‘The Typhoons’.
Woolies was a treasure trove: the source of our Christmas fairy, sweets, books, much-loved toys, detested Ladybird ‘Liberty’ bodices and, eventually, my first…
Source: 8 Classic Features To Help You Recognise an Old Woolworth’s Store