“History ripped out and discarded” – Fine for the man who ruined ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ house

A millionaire property developer has been ordered to pay total damages of £300,000 for illegally destroying the interiors of a Grade II listed house.

The 16th century house in Monmouthshire was the inspiration to the popular hymn ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful”. Its composer, Cecil Alexander, was believed to have written the lyrics there. Continue reading

Think you know Britain well? Become an art detective for Tate

The Tate has put out a plea for help. Can you help their archivists identify the locations in artist John Piper’s photographs?

Piper, born in 1903, was a leading artist of the mid-20th century. Over his lifetime he took thousands of photographs across the British Isles. He originally began taking the photographs when he worked with John Betjeman on the Shell County Guides, capturing shots of ruined abbeys, churches, old shop fronts and country inns, often fascinated by remote or forgotten places. Later in his life he would paint these sights too, capturing a world on the cusp of change. Continue reading