Where research can lead you

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I find it amazing how many of us take the same route many times without seeing what’s really around us. I took a guided walk around the post war buildings of Plymouth and by just looking up above my eye-line noticed so many coats of arms and carved facades that normally had gone unnoticed. I have been on walks that have opened my eyes to what, to many, would seem mundane and everyday but with a bit of extra knowledge opens your eyes to a different interpretation or past world. I walked along Plymouth Hoe from west to east and noted that the iron benches were made a few hundred miles up the west coast in Preston Lancashire, which also happens to be the city of my birth. So I got interested and investigated and on the side of each back rest is carved the rose of Lancashire, but the…

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