Here is a list of my favourite blogs. I hope to add to it each week with a minor review of whatever takes my fancy.

History Blogs   Bestselling authors Loretta Chase & Isabella Bradford’s excellent and popular blog is practically a must-read for historians, whether they be professional or amateur. Plenty of interesting posts and links can be found here. Rachel Knowles sets the bar high with her ‘Regency History’ blog which is of a consistently high standard London historian Julian Woodford is well worth following both on Twitter and via his blog. I look forward to reading his book on Joseph Merceron due out soon. – Mike Rendell’s ‘Journal of a Georgian Gentleman’ is quite an inspiring blog because it shows how it is possible to have a career but still remain passionate about history. – Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw combine to prove that you can never get enough information on the Duke of Wellington, his life and times. A popular and active blog for anyone interested in Regency history. This blog by ‘William Pitt Lady’ is a personal favourite of mine because I think there is so much we have to learn about Pitt’s life. Richard Wellesley, who falls within my realm of study, absolutely idolised Pitt. This is an ambitious project and I hope it succeeds. This blog written by Sarah Murden and Joanne Major, genealogists and historians, promises a great deal in terms of up-coming publications. But it also explains the great satisfaction any historian can get from finding out something new, no matter how small it may seem.  A Jane Austen Blog dedicated to the brilliance of English author Jane Austen (1775-1817), her works, and the many books, movies, and pop culture she has inspired. And bloody good it is too! Serena Dyer is a historian from Warwick University specialising in fashion, dress, and material culture in C18 and C19. She brings a refreshing mix of research and information so very far from traditional history because it enriches perception and helps you to immerse yourself in the thoughts and deeds of bygone times.

Inspirational Blogs  The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) develops projects focused on making archives matter, concentrating on the years 1500 to 1800. I cannot praise CELL highly enough as it is a very inclusive yet dynamic environment in which to meet fellow researchers and listen to first class seminars. Located at University College London (UCL), CELL consists of doctoral students, researchers, teachers and writers. Matthew Beckett’s site is a gem. There is seldom a time when he doesn’t brighten up my day with images of buildings, and information on their history and usage. If you like UK heritage, this blog is a must-read. Paul Talling’s excellent blog entitled ‘Derelict London’ is a veritable emporium of photographs of the recently disappeared or soon to be demolished landscapes of London. This is more than a blog – it’s an essential service for all Londoners Joana Moncrieff is walking around London and thoroughly enjoying it. I take my hat off to her for her constant enthusiasm and genuine love of all-things London.

Wanstead Related Blogs Wansteadium is a blog about all sorts of things going on in Wanstead, E11. It has news, photos, links, blogs, tweets, and that kind of thing. This really is a first class blog dedicated to the area where Wicked William once wreaked havoc.  The Friends of Wanstead Parklands are raising awareness of the history of Wanstead Park and aim to halt its decline. This blog plays a vital role in promoting the preservation of Wanstead Park, making a difference to ensure it is preserved and improved for future generations

Personal Favourites I know nothing about lipstick (or anything fashionable if I’m honest). But this blog by my rather brilliant daughter Sophie is a benchmark because it shows what you can achieve by regular and committed blogging. 5000 twitter followers can’t be wrong!! Matt Simpson’s ‘View from the West Stand’ is a consistently amusing look at what it is like to be a Leyton Orient fan. I too have that bug but could never match Matt’s wit or accuracy in summing up what supporting a lower league club is all about.