Category Archives: Folklore

The Lunar Society and Great Barr Hall – by the light of the moon.

I have, I confess, become a little obsessed with local history. It all started with the discovery of this Strawberry Hill Gothic Hall (Strawberry Hill Gothic a style of architecture popular in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival) lying in ruins behind a new housing estate, just a mile or so from my house in Great Barr. Great…

Sage Herblore

Often associated with the Autumn and Winter, it is actually late Spring and early Summer when Sage is truly at its most beautiful. It has become a common herb for cooks and one of the most popular garden herbs, however Sage also has a rich history of herb and folklore. Sage has traditionally been used…

Primrose – Darling of Spring

Primroses are found throughout Britain, but sadly like many of our native wildflowers are becoming more and more rare. In the wild they grow under hedges, on banks, on railway embankments and at the edges of woodland. Like many of the early Spring woodland flowers they take advantage of the not yet formed canopy of…