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Being an Object at the Refuge for the Destitute in Hackney

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Weavers Almshouses and the Refuge for the Destitute, painted by Thomas Shepherd, c1850

I searched high and low through different archives to try and find a picture of the Refuge for the Destitute in Hackney, where the two main protagonists of The Low Road met in real life in 1820. This, above, is the only picture, and is probably of the Male Refuge, near the Female Refuge, although they…

Tracing the hidden lives of the poor in The Low Road

Friday, 8 April 2022


In a few days the family will meet up in Norfolk for Easter - the first time for a couple of years because of Covid. It's a bit of a rolling roster, who ends up meeting at my mother's house, but pretty much every year there's an Easter egg hunt in the garden and a big meal on Easter Sunday. So Happy Easter for those of you who are celebrating - and thank you again for supporting The Low Road…

Behind The Low Road

Thursday, 24 March 2022

The river Waveney, full of water lilies and weeds


Thank you all for supporting The Low Road. This story caught my attention seven years ago, when I was visiting my parents in the Waveney Valley, which runs between the border of the East Anglian counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. It is a beloved watery landscape for me, with long views over the gentle watermeadows. But as I was to find…

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