In Elizabethan London, New Year’s Day was the big time to give and receive gifts, particularly at court. The tradition appears to date back to at least the 13th century but under Queen Elizabeth I it reached new heights in terms of the extravagance and range of the gifts given. Read the full post
Shaun Leane, award winning jewellery designer and presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard‘ writes about London craftsmanship and the mysteries contained in the Cheapside Hoard. Read the full post
Shoppers rushing along Oxford and Regent Street, bulging bags in tow, may not be aware that Cheapside was once the busiest and most renowned of all markets and thoroughfares in London. Once heaving with street traders, luxury merchants and goldsmiths, citizens flocked to its shops for everything from spices and haberdashery to silks, gold, silver and jewels.
It was here that a great treasure lay buried for almost three hundred years. Read the full post