If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. (The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard)
This good Queen Eleanor…well worthy was she to be remembered by those crosses as monuments, which instead of statues were erected by her husband to her honour. (Remains of a Greater Work, Concerning Britain – William Camden)
Just as almost every parish church in Britain has remembrances of the First World War, many of them contain objects that recall another momentous episode in our history: the British Empire.
John Clare had been a inpatient at Northampton General Lunatic Asylum for almost twenty years when he wrote his last letter, to James Hipkins. Hipkins, who had never met Clare but admired his work, had written to Dr Wing, the asylum superintendent, to enquire after the poet’s health.