Hello, and welcome to the Historiette site

My name is Tiana Wilson-Buys.  I love history – always have.  And I love sharing my history explorations with other like-minded people.  Hence the birth of Historiette.

I have a particular interest in the medieval period (but I do explore and write about other historical periods too!).  And I love buildings and architecture in general.  So it’s no surprise then that you can often find me exploring medieval churches, old town walls, castles and forts.  And then I share my experiences with others – here and on social media.

You see, I believe we all need to know more about our history.  Our heritage.  This is where we come from.  It is part of our DNA.  For me, understanding more about our history somehow completes me, in a way.  And what is more fun than going on mini adventures to explore the past?

I hope, through Historiette, to inspire more people to explore amazing historical sites and buildings.

I invite you to explore the wonderful world of history with me.


Recent Posts

Hylton Castle, Sunderland

May 18, 2022

  Robert Skelton was executed because he overslept.  And so, he became the “Cauld Lad of Hylton” – a ghost said to haunt Hylton Castle. …

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Dutch National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

April 29, 2022

  “Water Connects Worlds” – A great motto for a maritime museum.  And, if you think about it, it is very true.  The Dutch have…

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Old St Mungo’s Church, Penicuik

April 8, 2022

  Almost hidden behind the current St Mungo’s Church stands the ruins of the old, original church of the same name.  It is surrounded by…

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Uttershill Castle, Scotland

March 21, 2022

  With spectacular views over the little town of Penicuik and the Pentland Hills to the North and West, Uttershill Castle stands atop a rocky…

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St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

March 7, 2022

  From a Leper Hospital to violent riots to today’s popular visitor attraction, St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile covers it all.  Steeped in…

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York’s Medieval Defensive Walls

February 23, 2022

  Arriving in the city of York by railway, one of the first things one sees is a section of the magnificent Medieval Defensive Walls. …

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York Minster Chapter House

February 17, 2022

  Friday the 13th has always been deemed unlucky.  Well, certainly since October 1307.  On this day – Friday 13 October 1307 – all members…

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Rosyth Castle, Scotland

February 12, 2022

  It is strange to think that, where I am standing looking up at Rosyth Castle, would have been under water not too long ago. …

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Vicar’s Pele Tower, Ponteland

February 3, 2022
Vicar's Pele Tower, Ponteland

  I couldn’t resist exploring the Vicar’s Pele Tower in Ponteland after visiting St Mary the Virgin Church.  After all, the Pele Tower is literally…

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Ponteland

January 24, 2022

  Standing solidly on the bank of the River Pont in Northumberland is the ancient church of St Mary the Virgin.  A church has stood…

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