New Forest Snake Catcher

New Forest Snake Catcher Published Countryman magazine June 2011  The old man had a huge forked beard and wore a large hat with an upturned brim.  In one hand was a tall pronged stick and dangling from the other were some kind of metal traps.  The shabby attire included a substantial long jacket and leg…

The Sage of Chelsea

The Sage of Chelsea  A smoke and a talk with Thomas Carlyle by Maggie B Dickinson  Published in The London Magazine 2014  The only known surviving diaries of a Victorian regional newspaper editor were penned by my great great uncle Anthony Hewitson who owned the Preston Chronicle in Lancashire.  There are seventeen in number which span…