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The Historical Eye

Another country

L P Hartley famously wrote: 'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there'. That's certainly true, for history can be fascinating and strange, familiar and alien. But history is like a lighthouse too, warning us to avoid the rocks on which others were dashed.

Welcome to the Historical Eye


Welcome to my website; here you will find articles, features and essays I have written over the years on all sorts of historical subjects. For the casual reader, I hope there is plenty here to inform, interest and amuse. For the historian, please note that many of these articles were written for popular consumption and have not been referenced, excepting my MA material. However, I would stress that I always try to be as thorough as possible in all my research and that the facts and figures presented here were the best to hand at the time of writing. For the student, please remember to reference me if you use any of these articles to inform your own research.


This website is a labour of love; it is a place where I can showcase my work and, if possible, also help people discover or rediscover just how exciting the past can be. A great deal of time, effort and research has been invested these features and I continue to update and improve them whenever possible. My work is not-for-profit and also comes without the usual array of adwords or advertising that so often litter historical websites today. So please do not cut-and-past, plagiarise or violate my copyright, even for 'educational purposes'.


Simon Rees


Twitter: @Historical_Eye


***Please note this site is best viewed on desktop or tablet. The mobile version has several template issues that I have been unable to overcome. However, all text is available for viewing in this format. The transfer of content from the old version of this website to this one has now been completed. I've embarked on the second phase of website improvement, which involves a major re-edit of all the features and will take time. Articles that appear with larger text have been fully updated***


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First World War


Second World War


Other Features


MA Work


Family History

London 1896