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Stone Circles of Britain

Stone Circles of Britain

Stone Circles are one of the most powerful symbols of ancient Britain. So little is known about the reasons for their construction or their function but they have attracted endless speculation and fascination over the centuries since the knowledge has been lost.

Within the Northern Fire collective, we all have a keen interest in history and whilst thinking on the idea of writing about stone circles, I realised that over the years, I have been round a fair few and thought I would share some of those experiences with you... especially given that we are all stuck inside for the foreseeable future!

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Vikings In The Wirral Part II: An Interview With Stephen Harding

Vikings In The Wirral Part II: An Interview With Stephen Harding

Following on from the previous blog in which I gave a summary of the Viking settlement on the Wirral, we spoke with author and historian Stephen Harding for his expertise on the subject below. If you are interested in learning more, he has written a number of excellent books on the subject including Ingimund's Saga which you an view here 
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Vikings In The Wirral: Part 1

Vikings In The Wirral: Part 1

We all know the stories of King Alfred of Wessex fighting off the “Great Heathen Army” and of the Vikings as raiders in Britain. Although a lot has been written about the general history of the formation of Angle-Land under its West Saxon king, the deeds of Alfred were only the start of the fight rather than the great victory that we are taught about in schools. In fact, the “Vikings” still occupied much of Northumbria and Mercia at the time of Alfred’s death...
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Winter Solstice Cave Party

Winter Solstice Cave Party

You may remember that towards the end of last year we held a competition for anyone buying the Mari Lywd Enamel Pin where the winners would get to attend our Winter Solstice party. A few lucky individuals attended our event in the darkest hours of December, somewhere in Wales, where we sang ancient songs in an atmospheric cave lit only by firelight.

As promised, we are going to share some of the footage taken from that evening for you now.

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The Picts: Art and History

The Picts: Art and History

A while back I had the fortune to travel around Scotland with some good friends, and tick a few more sites and projects of the bucket list.  Scotland is by far the Celtic nation with the strongest visual identity. Tartan, men in skirts, bagpipes, long swords, blue face paint (thank you Braveheart), and last but not least.. the thistle. Here we’re going to discuss some of the origins of the Scots and the fascinating and mysterious people, the Picts.   This will be a quick summary of Pictish history and artistic culture, and then I’ll bring some lesser known details...

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