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History in 360: Lewes Castle

A team weekend away can only mean one thing: museums! We visited Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress and Lewes Castle on this little mini adventure in East Sussex! Here’s our review of Lewes Castle! Lewes Town While returning from a trip to the Wyntercon the team decided to stop off at the picturesque town […]


Fake News: 7 Myths About Medieval Life Everyone Thinks Are True

There is a saying: “Never let the truth get the in the way of a good story” (Mark Twain)*. With all the focus recently on Fake News, it seems like a good time to start dispelling some medieval myths most people still think are true. So, in true Cracked style, […]


History in 360: Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress 1

Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress We visited the Eastbourne Redoubt in early October 2016. Luckily for us, the weather was still absolutely glorious and allowed for plenty of selfies! We tied our visit in with a trip to Wyntercon,  a sci-fi convention hosted in the town and run by one of ur […]


Why Is The Plague Doctor Mask Terrifying?

Plague Doctor masks. The image is like a thing straight out of a horror movie! It’s design looking more like a carrion crow than a doctor! You think that’s scary? Imagine how those folks back in the 17th century felt when they opened their front door to find that standing on […]


5 Foolproof Clothing Tips For a Medieval Winter 2

Cold, isn’t it? Winter really is settling in and we’re feeling the nip of Jack Frost at our fingers and toes! Jumpers and coats have been got out of the loft, and new pairs of gloves purchased with silly hats! This got us thinking, what clothing would our medieval ancestors […]


Stonehenge Special - History in 360 - The Hovel

History in 360: Stonehenge 1

This is a pretty special blog for us. Stonehenge is, not so secretly, Niki’s favourite place on earth!! When people think of Stonehenge there are probably a few different things that pop into their heads. Perhaps you think “its a bunch of rocks?” or maybe you’re on the side of […]


History in 360: Prehistoric Wiltshire 1

Prehistoric Wiltshire Every year, around the 21st September, the Northern Hemesphere experiences one of two Equinoxes; when night and day, light and dark are equal in length. in 2016, Paul, Niki and Mike were lucky enough to get a few days off of work to welcome in the Equinox at […]


A Very Medieval Christmas - The Hovel

A Very Medieval Christmas From The Hovel

Ding Dong Merrily On a Hovel Ever wondered how different a medieval Christmas was to our modern counterpart? Luckily, you’re in the right place to find out! The biggest difference between Modern Christmas and Medieval Christmas, actually occurred before the big day itself. In the Medieval era, Advent was a […]


Hovel Kitchen: Apple & Fruit Pie 1

  Welcome to another edition of Hovel Kitchen! Our video has just gone live, and blew you will find the recipe for our latest treat: Apple & Fruit Pie! Pie History There is some contentious history as to where the pie originated. Did it originate in ancient Egypt (as, apparently, […]


History in 360: Salisbury Cathedral 2

Niki and Mike decided to visit Salisbury Cathedral. They were in Wiltshire observing equinox at Stonehenge. Here is their guide to this fantastic piece of early English Gothic architecture. Its amazing to think, that Salisbury Cathedral was originally built due to an argument. A case of one-up-manship between the clergy […]