The Intriguing Cases of Whodie and Casman

I should start by saying that any experienced genealogists and historians should completely skip this blog entry because you know this stuff already. However, preparing for my cemetery tour has been a steep and rewarding learning curve for me. I had always thought that gravestones were accurate, give or take some spelling anomalies. That was […]

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Aerial and 3D Imagery of Cemeteries

In preparation for our latest tour, ‘Beginning at the End: Exploring Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries’, we have been taking drone shots of the historic sections of Richmond’s two major cemeteries, St Luke’s and St John’s. St Luke’s was the first cemetery established in Richmond with the first burial occurring over a decade before the church was […]

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Time Tours Blog: What are we up to?

Welcome to our blog. Time Tours is a small, family-run business with a particular interest in sharing knowledge and information about Richmond’s past. We have spent the last year carefully researching information which helps us to understand the buildings in Richmond and the people who lived in them. While every effort is made to provide […]

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Handmade Convict Bricks

Although I’d walked past it many times, I was delighted to finally notice the handmade characteristics of the bricks used in Fry Cottage (the woodcraft shop on Bridge Street). You can see the marks from where the clay was pressed into – or out of – the mould and the bricks have a delightful irregularity […]

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Why Look at the Brickwork?

One of the many things that I have enjoyed when researching Richmond over the last year is learning a little bit about Georgian architecture. Brickwork patterns in particular have helped me to identify which are the older buildings as opposed to more modern buildings which have been built to sympathetically blend in. It’s important to realise […]

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Sandstone

There is something about the colours and textures of sandstone that has always appealed to me. I remember being told in primary school that, when preparing stone, each convict made a different and unique series of marks so that their work could be identified by the overseer. That fascinates me. More recently, I have enjoyed […]

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Look up at Rooflines

One thing that I’ve found helps me to make sense of Richmond’s buildings is looking up at the rooflines. Rooflines can tell you a lot about a building’s history. The roofline in the picture above clearly tells us that these were two separate buildings, probably with the right hand building built first. Further investigation of […]

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