‘Christmas Day’ – An Earl of Warwick’s Poem

Image: Portrait of a boy with a folio, Sir Joshua Reynolds, formerly in the collection of the Earls of Warwick. A religious poem transcribed from George Greville (1746-1816) 2nd Earl of Warwick’s poetry manuscript in the Warwick Castle archive. Christmas Day Hail the return of this auspicious day When to the throne of God we…… Continue reading ‘Christmas Day’ – An Earl of Warwick’s Poem

Séance Transcript – Anne, Countess of Warwick

Image: Anne Greville (1829-1903), 4th Countess of Warwick. via OurWarwickshire. I’ve recently teamed up with the Warwickshire County Record Office and OurWarwickshire to share a fascinating discovery in the Warwick Castle Archive. Hidden in a wax sealed envelope, and stuffed in between a big bundle of receipts, were two unrecorded transcripts of Séances held by Anne…… Continue reading Séance Transcript – Anne, Countess of Warwick

Easton Lodge: The Spiritual Home of Daisy, Countess of Warwick

Image: A Marble Memorial to Daisy, Countess of Warwick, in Little Easton Church. OurWarwickshire have kindly posted a blog of mine written after a recent visit to Easton Lodge in Essex. Easton was the ancestral home of the notorious Frances Evelyn Maynard, known more popularly as ‘Daisy’, Countess of Warwick. Despite being over 130 miles…… Continue reading Easton Lodge: The Spiritual Home of Daisy, Countess of Warwick

Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

I’ve had the great pleasure of writing and recording a podcast with fellow Warwick Castle historian Aaron Manning. The documentary focuses on the extraordinary and often contradictory life of Daisy, 5th Countess of Warwick, who went from being one of the most celebrated Edwardian socialites to a staunch socialist. Indeed, it was in the 1920s…… Continue reading Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

Warwickshire Lute Podcast

Image: The Warwick Frei Lute, by Hans Frei of Bologna, c.1550. Warwickshire Museum. I’ve recorded a short podcast to promote the re-display of the Warwickshire Museum’s mid sixteenth century lute by Hans Frei of Bologna. The podcast features a brief description of the instrument, and an interview with the museum’s Curator of Human History, Sara…… Continue reading Warwickshire Lute Podcast

The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)

Image: Engraved Portrait of Sir Fulke Greville, dated 1652 after an original painting c.1586. I’ve contributed an article to OurWarwickshire on the Murder and ‘Ghost’ of Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628). The article explores the truth behind his supposed ‘ghost’ that haunts Warwick Castle. It also examines how this tenuous ghost story, which is barely one…… Continue reading The Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville (?)