During the course of my research for the Rebels and Brothers series, I took thousands of photos. These are to remind me about the physical features of the various locations for each scene. Of course, they represent only what the setting is like now in the 21st century and I must carry out further research to find out what has changed over the 600 years or so since the events took place!

Every week or so I publish an image from my research archive which might be of interest to readers.

October  2017

Scars From the Past, Bull Ring, Ludlow, Shropshire

The Bull Ring in Ludlow. It doesn't look like it now, but in medieval times it would have been thronged by people, wagons and animals - cattle pens would have been nearby - and if you walked along it, there would be no chance of keeping your boots clean! Here, John Elder makes a reluctant return to Ludlow in Scars From the Past.

Rebels and Brothers, Garden Tower, Bloody Tower, London

Inside the Garden Tower, as it was known in the 15th century. It is very unlikely the 'Princes' were killed there in 1483, despite the name later given to it: the 'Bloody Tower'

September  2017

Rebels and Brothers, Middleham Castle, Yorkshire

Middleham Castle in Yorkshire - if only we could see it at its best!

Rebels and Brothers, Ludlow Castle

The Prince's chambers at Ludlow Castle where Prince Edward lived in Scars From the Past

August  2017

Ludford Bridge, Ludlow

Ludford Bridge, Ludlow. A battle fought here in 1459 features in Feud.

The Wakefield Tower, Tower of London

The Wakefield Tower and the bridge to St Thomas's Tower with the water gate beneath - used in The Blood of Princes

The Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark London

The Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark - used in The Blood of Princes

July  2017

St Nicholas Chapel

St Nicholas Chapel at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. It has many echoes of the 15th Century.

Traitor's Gate

This water gate at the Tower of London - later called Traitor's Gate - plays an important role in The Blood of Princes.

St Helen's Church, Bishopsgate, London

St Helen's Church, Bishopsgate in London - adjacent to Richard of Gloucester's Crosby Place and researched for The Blood of Princes

June  2017

Bishop of Winchester's Palace

The remains of the Bishop of Winchester's palace on London's south bank - researched for The Blood of Princes

May 2017

St Thomas's Chapel, Ludlow

St Thomas's Chapel in Ludlow which has some significance in Feud

Stokesay Castle, near Ludlow

Stokesay Castle, near Ludlow, was the model I used for the fictional Corve Manor.

Corfham Castle

And this is the site I chose for it - the lost castle of Corfham, in the Corve Valley

April 2017

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote in Kent. I was researching ideas for Caversham Manor for which no records remain.

Ludlow Castle,

The west wall of the Prince's Apartments at Ludlow Castle. Researching for Scars From The Past.

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle was another place I used for ideas for Caversham Manor, though it is later, being 14th Century

North East Tower of Middleham Castle

North East Tower of Middleham Castle in Yorkshire. The north gate used in The Last Shroud was added sometime in the fifteenth century.

March 2017

Valle Crucis

The East Range at Valle Crucis Abbey in North Wales which is a location for Feud


The remaining traces of the Old Gate in Ludlow, referred to in Scars From the Past

Cerne Abbey

The Guest House at Cerne Abbey in Dorset where Margaret of Anjou is said to have stayed the night in 1471 used in The Last Shroud

February 2017

Bull, Ludlow

The Bull Inn at Ludlow which features most notably in Scars From the Past


Sallyport at Ludlow Castle used in Scars From the Past

Edward V, Ludlow

Edward V in St Laurence's Church, Ludlow


Mucklestone Church close to the site of the Battle of Blore Heath in September 1459 - a location for Feud


Cock Beck where the rout at the Battle of Towton took place in Feud


Edgecote Hill where a battle was fought in 1469 and is described at the start of The Last Shroud

January 2017

Aysgarth, Falls

Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale which feature in several of the Rebels and Brothers series

Bolton Castle in Wensleydale which I used as a model for the fictional Yoredale Castle in the Rebels and Brothers series

Bolton Castle

The courtyard of Bolton Castle from Rebels and Brothers