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Wilkinson Sword Factory to Close

14 skilled swordmakers will lose their jobs when British institution Wilkinson Sword closes its plant. The renowned crafter of ceremonial swords for British cavalrymen is scheduled to close at the end of September 2005.

Medieval Chapel, Hospital Revealed by Bypass Project

The opening of a bypass around Partney, England has led to some great archaeological finds including an 11th century chapel and a 12th century hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

Chalk it up: Giant Medieval Hillside Figure

Dame Aoife offers a bevy of links about large chalk carvings, of which the virility-gifted Cerne Abbas Giant is the most famous, that decorate the hills of England.

The King of Stonehenge

Smithsonian Magazine looks at the "Amesbury Archer," the 4,300-year-old skeleton discovered near Stonehenge surrounded by archery gear.

Of maidens and sailors and Doleful Ghosts: Helpful survival tips from English folk ballads

"If someone says that he’s planning to kill you, believe him."..."Avoid situations where the obvious rhyme-word is 'maidenhead.'" So warns Jim Macdonald in these helpful tips, gleaned from English folk music, that can help you stay alive, healthy, wealthy, and not deflowered.

New exhibit on Renaissance luxury goods at the Folger

"Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680" will be on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, DC, through December 31.

Oldest Door in Britain

The battered door of London's Westminster Abbey has been named the oldest in Britain by English Heritage.

Micel Folcland

Micel Folcland is the Wisconsin-Indiana-Illinois branch of Regia Anglorum, an organization that recreates British history from 290 to 1066 CE. The main focus is Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Norman cultures, but others found in the British Isles during the appropriate time period are acceptable as well.

"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened"

Project Gutenberg has released The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby in electronic format.

17th Century Shipwreck to be Protected

The wreck of a 17th century ship off the coast of Dorset, England, will now be protected from treasure hunters and unlicenced divers by the British government.

The Mystery Stones of Hexham Abbey

Legend says that the huge stones of Hexham Abbey's crypt were the work of giants, but now archaeologists believe that they were probably stolen from Roman bridges.

Anglo-Saxon Burial Site Discovered Near London

Archeologists have discovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon settlement on Coulsdon's Farthing Downs near London, England.

Welcome to Cinderbury: Iron Age Theme Park

Visitors to the Iron Age village of Cinderbury in England can step back in time and spend a night - or a week - living in the village.

Elizabeth I to Tour the U.S.

Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, a traveling exhibition co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will by touring the United States between October 2003 and March 2006.

"Original" Shakespeare Dialect has a Southern Twang

This summer, the Globe Theatre in London will perform an "original production" of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida using 16th century dialect as close as possible to what the Bard would have spoken.

Science Program Looks at Plague in England

A transcript of "The Plague in Britain," from The Science Show discusses the gruesome visit of the plague in 1665 to the village of Eyam, England with author Robert Lacey.

Thames Gives Up Secrets at Tower Beach

Tower Beach, the foreshore of the Tower of London, has been opened for a series of walks and talks by World Heritage experts. The series will discuss artifacts found on the shore of the River Thames.

New Research Project Planned for Stonehenge

A group of scientists has recommended that a new, comprehensive research project be launched to study Stonehenge. In Stonehenge: an Archaeological Research Framework, edited by Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University, a plan is suggested to study the structure and its burial sites.

California Man Next Earl of Essex?

A retired grocery clerk from Yuba City, CA may be the next Earl of Essex. Bill Capell, also known as the Right Honorable Lord William Capell, earned the right to put his name forward and possibly be chosen by the Queen with the death of his cousin, the last Earl of Essex.

Times: St. George Inspired by Syrian Mosaic?

Experts are wondering if a newly-discovered mosaic depicting Bellerophon, mounted on Pegasus stabbing a chimera with a lance is might have been an inspiration for St. George and the dragon.

Medieval Charnal House Restored in English Basement

A 14th century English home, owned by a lawyer, has a secret in its basement: It is the final resting place of some 10,000 of London's dead.

Time Team Hunts for Roman Treasure

Britain's Channel Four Time Team has opened new trenches at Dinnington, England with hopes of discovering Roman gold.

Times: Saxon Rotunda May have Connections to Lady Godiva

A 10th or 11th century Saxon rotunda, thought to be part of a monastery, has been unearthed in Leominster, England during a geophysical survey. The structure may be connected to Earl Leofric and his wife, the famed Lady Godiva.

Reenactor Injured in Restaging of Battle of Northampton

British reenactor Kieran Robb was injured recently during a living history restaging of the 1460 Battle of Northampton. Robb was struck in the face and was reported in critical condition.

Lost notes on alchemy by Isaac Newton found

Researchers at the Royal Society, a British scientific association, have discovered notes on alchemy by Sir Isaac Newton that were previously thought to have been permanently lost.

Stonehenge Quarry Found

University professor Tim Darvill believes he has discovered the Welsh quarry where the bluestones, which form the circle of Stonehenge, were mined.

Iron Age Farm Discovered in England

Archaeologists have discovered an Iron Age settlement on farmaland near the English city of Cheltenham.

Which Solstice for Stonehenge?

While Stonehenge is a popular attraction for those wishing to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the monument may actually have been constructed to celebrate the Winter holiday.

Major Display of Illuminated Manuscripts Begins July 26

The Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University have teamed to present a major exhibit of illuminated manuscripts beginning July 26, 2005 and running through the month of December.

Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt Declared Treasure Trove

Christopher Baker, metal-detecting fan, has discovered what is believed to be a sword belonging to a warrior from the Kingdom of Lindsey.