Why Flickering Lamps?

(picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
(picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The name of this blog was inspired by a quote from Winston Churchill. “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.”

The quote comes from a speech Churchill made to the House of Commons in November 1940, as part of a tribute to Neville Chamberlain.

12 thoughts on “Why Flickering Lamps?

  1. Really enjoyed pics of Stanmore graveyard. Inscriptions fascinating. Thanks.
    I love the history in Stanmore. Where else is worth exploring nearby?


  2. Dear Caroline – yours has become one of my favorite blogs in the past 6 months since first seeing it come across a links update from either “Strange Company” or “Two Nerdy History Girls”…I enjoy getting to see and learn about sights in the UK that I may never get to see – esp. churches and cemeteries…I’d like to return the favor: I recently posted about a Christopher Wren church (St Mary Aldermanbury) that was moved brick by brick from London to central Missouri in the US (just thirty minutes from me) – enjoy the link below – and thank you so much for your work and writing – jim schmidt



  3. Hello Caroline, I have just started reading your blog witch is a story in itself. As a teaser; it has a lot to do with you post about Lancashire. I will add this bit about Winston Churchill, my mom Elizabeth was a sergeant in the RAF during the 2nd world war. When she was located London England her job was to move the locations of little planes and boats around on a giant map. She was working in underground bunker, where on one occasion she met Winston Churchill. Thank you for your work and writing – Paul

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