Beguinalle houses of Bruges

These communities were rather large court béguinages, a collection of simple houses centered on a church, chapel and/or garden and enclosed by a ditch or wall. These béguinages evolved to eventually contain everything from bakeries, hospitals, farms and even breweries. They offered the béguines, who were unmarried or widowed women, a free and independent life dedicated to religion.

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The Corpse Trail

For the wealthy of the area transporting the bodies was not a problem; that’s what horses and carts were for. But for ordinary folk, horses and carts were a luxury. They had no option but to resort to “Shank’s Pony” – they had to walk to St Andrew’s at Grinton.

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Pitcairn Island

The history of the Pitcairn Islands begins with the colonization of the islands by Polynesians in the 11th century. The Polynesians established a culture that flourished for four centuries and then vanished. Pitcairn was settled again in 1790 by a group of British mutineers of the HMS Bounty and Tahitians.

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