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October 26, 2014

Work In Progress

Books in progress
The Biography of Anthony Hewitson
The North West Packhorse Trade: Its routes and bridges

Unfinished novels
Moon Through the Tamarisks still has only one chapter which is perfect, having had thousands of re-writes. I am loathe to wreck it. A book of first chapter stories might work. The readers can speculate on their own middles and ends.

Backing Back, likewise has one perfect chapter. I finish it where I'm standing at the top of High Force, on the Pennine Way, and can't move on.

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January 1, 2015

Being researched for 2015

Beatrix Potter's book Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was published in 1905, which makes 2015 the book's 110th anniversary. It was written whilst she was holidaying with her family at a large estate called Lingholm on the shores of Derwentwater. I am gathering information on the locations connected with her book, and also the National Trust who owns most of the land over a wide area in this region. Beatrix was a major benefactor of the Trust, with her father being its first life member. Borrowdale, nearby, is my favourite area of Cumbria.

Image: Littletown & Catbells, Newlands Valley August 2014 - �gie B Dickinson


The Automobile Association will also celebrate 110 years of existence in 2015 and my article on them will include a photograph of the only remaining AA box in Cumbria and a old classic piccy of a hearse being repaired by an AA man in Patterdale.


Wreay Church near Carlisle,

Crypt Caf鳠in London,

Secret corners of London,

Lady Anne Clifford.

January 26, 2015


Awaiting publication in Cumbria is a feature on the lovely village of Greystoke in the Northern Lakes, which is associated with Edgar Rice Burroughs who wrote the Tarzan novels.

Image: Greystoke July 2014 - �gie B Dickinson

November 26, 2014

Article on The Lonsdales

Just published in the Cumbria magazine is an article on The Lonsdales, a Pals Battalion of the Border Regiment, Carlisle in WW1.

Image: Artillery Shell of Cpl J Clark (my grandfather) from Nieuport, Somme WW1 - �gie B Dickinson

October 26, 2014

The London Magazine Oct/November Issue

Just published in The London Magazine Oct/Dec issue is my essay on The Sage of Chelsea. This refers to Thomas Carlyle; philosopher, satirist, author of The French Revolution and lots of other major works, and the biggest mover and shaker in Victorian England, based in Cheyne Row, Chelsea. You could safely call him the first UK celebrity. He and his wife Jane Baillie Welsh were the key A-listers in the literary world and folk brayed on their door to meet folk like Dickens, Thackeray, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot and Harriet Martineau, to name but a few. Even Chopin played their piano and Ralph Waldo Emerson crossed the Atlantic to track down Carlyle at an earlier stage in his career whilst living in a remote farmhouse in Craigenputtock, Dumfriessshire. Anthony Hewitson, mentioned elsewhere on the website and editor of the Preston Chronicle, managed to spend an hour with Carlyle in his garden in 1872 where they smoked their churchwarden pipes and Anthony listened to Carlyle's philosophies and recorded the meeting in his personal diary. I have been privileged to include the unpublished entries about the visit, and also his account of attending Carlyle's funeral at Ecclefechan.

Image: Statue of Thomas Carlyle, Chelsea Walk, Embankment, London April 2014 - �gie B Dickinson
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March 6, 2013

Spring 2013 - River Ribble, Avenham Park.

Greeings cards of Preston are available at The Preston Visitor Centre, Guildhall, Avenham and Miller Park, Cadley and Sharoe Green Post Offices.

October 6, 2012


26th October 2012 was the centenary of the death
of Anthony Hewitson. Dr Hobbs, Margaret Dickinson
and Anthony's great grandsons Martin Duesbury and
Tony Hewitson visited his grave in the non-
conformist section of Preston Cemetery. The same
day a monologue evening was held at UCLan's Media
Factory with John Hickey, in Victorian costume,
playing the part of Anthony and reading extracts
from the unpublished diaries to a sell-out
audience of 100.
A second sell-out event was
repeated on the 18th of January, 2013

July 5, 2012

Article Published on Norman Drake Retford Times

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