Includes general information on castles, castles with ghosts, castle preservation, a photo gallery, castle trivia, and information on visiting and staying at castles. Huge. (Even more information is available through a paid annual membership.)
"We provide information on over 400 different Welsh castles, accompanied by high quality photographs, as well as profiles of the men responsible for their construction and an explanation of the turbulent times in which they lived. Although we provide detailed information and photographs for the most famous Welsh castles... we also provide large, high quality photographs for many of the lesser-known Welsh castles with less impressive remains. We also feature a smaller section on Welsh Abbeys and Other Religious Sites, monuments that, like the Castles of Wales, represent an important component of Welsh medieval heritage and history."
"The Newgate Calendar is a publication containing stories based on sensational crimes committed primarily during the eighteenth century.Ê The first Newgate Calendar appeared in five volumes in 1773, and later Calendars appeared in 1824-26 and again in 1826." This site offers several tales from the Calendar.
Tyburn Tree: Public Execution in Early Modern England
"Tyburn Tree is designed to provide information on the Web about public execution in Early Modern England, specifically London." Includes background information, primary documents, dying speeches, ballads, etc.
Links to recipes, ingredients, and details on what folks ate when -- such as "How to Pig Out with 130 of Your Closest Friends," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Ancient Cookery," and, if you're in a dieting mood, "An Article on Medieval Famine."
"Essential Norman Conquest provides a day-by-day reconstruction of the days between William's landing at Pevensey and his victory at Hastings, and a dazzling combination of dynamic visuals and narrative bring the last successful invasion of England to life as never before."
"Although nearly everyone has heard the terms 'baron' and 'earl' and 'duke,' and has some vague notion that dukes are highly exalted and an earl sounds better than a baron, most people (outside Britain, anyway) know very little more on the subject. My purpose in creating these pages was to provide an authoritative reference work about the peerage on the Web (with an emphasis on Regency-era--and earlier--nobility)." Other sections of this site include correct forms of address; entails, marriage settlements, and dower; courtesy titles; and peerage basics.
"Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties."
This site offers fascinating information on roads, mail coaches, and the history of the English postal system, but the high point of the site is its collection of actual Regency-period letters (with both an image of the original and a transcription).
Click the "Study Center" link for articles and links on Victorian wedding customs.
"Dedicated to the workhouse -- its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets." Covers such topics as Poor laws, parish workhouses, workhouse life, architecture, memories, glossary, more.