This photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1901 in Ontario, Canada. People play ice hockey on the Rideau Canal in the capital city, Ottawa. The original image is slightly darker.
The Hall in Country Life. 28th September 1901.
On the 24th of October, 2004, Nocton Hall – a Grade II listed building in Lincolnshire, England – was gutted by fire for a second time. The Hall is the former home of Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, who served as British Prime Minister in the 1820s.
An investigation concluded the destruction was caused by arson, but so far nobody has been arrested.
In addition to being home to a number of prominent residents, the Hall was also used as a location to treat wounded soldiers in both the First and Second World Wars.
The current building is a nineteenth-century construction that was built to replace the original sixteenth-century house, which was also destroyed by fire.
Today, the ruined house stands empty while its future is debated.
I saw this book in Barcelona just over a month ago, and decided there was no way I was lugging something this big and heavy all the way home! I was glad to find it on The Book Depository, both in paperback and hardcover. Of course, if you buy from there you get the book with free shipping (I shudder to think how much it would be to Australia otherwise!).
This is one of those books that will appeal to history nerds, historical fiction and romance readers, etc.
In this photograph, a group of sailors poses in Ulster, modern-day Northern Ireland, on the 21st of September, 1906.