The History of Chateau Lumiere (France)

In 1814, Napoleon nationalised the cultivation and sale of tobacco in France and it was at this time the Burrus family, who were winemakers from Dambach-la-Ville, fled Alsace and settled just on the border at Boncourt. As a farmer, Martin Burrus (1775-1830) first sold rolls of tobacco made by hand …

Chateau de Noisy (Belgium)

Owners have formally applied for demolition of this significant heritage castle This place is one of the most magical and architecturally beautiful castles I’ve seen. I’ve visited it 4 times and each time it never fails to impress with its neo-gothic architecture. The owners own several castles and have now …

Good bye 2013, it was a stunning year

I've been enjoying reading everyones messages, recapping on the year spent but inspiring lots of activity for 2014. For me, 2013 was a roller coaster of a year, highs, lows, good times and tough times but never bad times. Seen so many great locations, so many great people across Europe, new online contacts, increase in contracts and publications etc… 2013 was great. Now, inspiration for 2014… 2013 on steroids! I've learnt a lot about me in 2013,  I leave things until last minute, pretty much remove the ability for future planning etc. Well 2014, thats going to change… 2014 will …

The History of Mundesley Hospital (Tuberculosis Sanatorium) (UK)

Mundesley sanatorium was built in pre-fabricated sections made of timber, by Boulton and Paul ltd. It was the first large centre in England that had been built specifically for open-air treatment of the disease. However, due to its status as a private hospital, Mundesley could only offer treatment to wealthy patients. Mundesley had a post and telegraph office, and is was terminus of the Great Eastern, and Midland and Great Northern Railways, so that it was easily accessible from London, the Midlands, and the North.

The History of ECVB Power Plant (CEB, CEFB) (Belgium)

When Société Centrale d’Electricité du Brabant started what is more commonly known as ECVB power plant, it contained 2 2000 kilowatt turbo alternators running at 3000rpm generating 3 phase current at 12,000 volts and 50 cycles. Steam was supplied by three Babcock & Wilcox marine type boilers at 200 pound pressure and 620˚F

The History of Château de Noisy (Château Miranda) (Belgium)

Château de Noisy is a beautiful castle in the open lands of Belgium. The former ‘holiday camp’ is in a heavy state of disrepair and despite several offers, the owners refuse to sell it. It has suffered heavily from vandalism and the details from the interior have been removed to be used in another castle. Château de Noisy is one of the most beautiful locations we have seen.

The History of Bessingham Manor (UK)

Bessingham Manor has an amazing history in this graded area, we will cover the stories later in this article. When repairs went wrong, the decline of this manor house started. Seeing the building now highlights the significance of the damage. Three stories of flooring has collapsed, internal structure has failed and the roof is partly complete. There are significant plans to demolish this structure and build a new manor house, using many of the existing materials and original features. 

The History of RAF Neatishead (UK)

As early as 1886, the discovery and development of Radar was under way  beginning when, German physicist Heinrich Hertz showed that radio waves could be reflected from solid objects.

Over the next eighteen years progress was slow globally until 1904 when German, Christian Huelsmeyer first used radio waves to detect the presence of distant metallic objects. In 1917 Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American physicist outlined the concept for primitive radar units, and in 1922 Americans A. Hoyt Taylor and Leo C. Young, researchers working with the U.S. Navy, discovered that when radio waves were broadcast at 60 MHz it was possible to determine the range and bearing of nearby ships in the Potomac River.