I was in south Yorkshire yesterday taking photographs of graves for my upcoming non-fiction book from Countryside Books – Yorkshire: Who Lies Beneath?
I was around the Rotherham and Doncaster areas and photographed the grave of Lord Nelson’s chaplain, the first black professional footballer, the grave of four children crushed to death in a lorry accident and a teenager who died saving a child from drowning in the river Don. They are all fascinating stories of heroism, history and tragedy.
Towards the end of the afternoon I found myself in Conisbrough and glimpsed the magnificent castle on the hill. So I had to take a look. The castle belonged to the de Warenne family and John de Warenne is one of the characters in my (fictional) work in progress. Sadly, it was too late to go inside, but I will definitely be going back for a closer look.