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Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – Fire at the Laundry

Recounts the story of Amelia Kennedy who, in 1871, died in a fire at her home in Edwards Lane, Stoke Newington, while trying to save other members of her family.

A northern saint-king in Gloucester

In 909 the bones of Oswald of Northumbria were brought to Gloucester from Bardney in Lincolnshire by Æthelred and Æthelflæd, rulers of Mercia. In time the minster they had founded in Gloucester came to be named after this northern king. Find out why a northern king was an attractive patron to Merican rulers and how the northern connection was later reactivated by the Archbishops of York.

Maldon’s medieval leper hospital

The St Giles ruins are Maldon’s only ancient scheduled monument. While in popular imagination medieval leper hospitals are thought of as places of exclusion, the truth is more complex and the community at St Giles was embedded in networks that stretched from the town centre out into the surrounding countryside.

Peterborough’s Right-Hand Man

One of the most precious possessions of the monks of Peterborough was the incorrupt right arm of King Oswald. What was this relic? And how did it come to be installed in a chapel in Peterborough Abbey?

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – A Heroic Freemason

Recounts the story of Dr Alexander Stewart Brown from Brockley who lost his life following a series of unfortunate events.