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All the King's men

The days are drawing out and we are once again treated to some spectacular seven o'clock sunrises. And despite minus seven showing on my drive to the office this morning, it has been a beautiful day and surely spring cannot be far away. Certainly, the market feels like that, with flurries of activity and a general note of optimism, looking forward to the season ahead. Winkworth Salisbury offices are Jacobean, and our magnificent ceiling would have been fifteen years or so old by the time Thomas Cromwell, ina pivotal career move, became legal secretary for Cardinal Wolsey, who was in service to Henry VIII. Wednesday evening saw the first episode of Wolf Hall, the six-part adaptation that combines both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Whilst wonderfully entertaining (and who doesn't love acostume drama) there is a world of difference between fictional history and historical fiction. Thomas Cromwell, whose life it chronicles, was a “ruffian” (in his own words), has gone in and out of favour, depending upon the time. After his death, many Elizabethans saw him as a heroic martyr to the English protestant cause. And after World War II, Professor Eltonplaced him on a very different pedestal at the heart of what he called the Tudor revolution in government. Crediting Cromwell as the man who blew away the medieval system of government based on the king’s household. Replacing it with a departmental bureaucracy that became the forerunner of the modern constitutional state. And describing Cromwell as “the most remarkable revolutionary in English history”, and his intellect “the most successfully radical instrument at any man’s disposal in the 16th century” Others views see him as a scheming spin doctor, who engineered the largest land-grab and asset-strip in English history. When Anne Boleyn pointed out that the money should be going to charity or good works, he fitted her up on charges of adultery, and watched as she was beheaded. He also sent hundreds to the scaffold under his highly politicised “treason” laws.An as what goes around: comes around, when the tables had turned, he pleaded to Henry; “Most gracyous prynce I crye for mercye mercye mercye.” And he was given all the mercy he had shown others. But this brewers son from Putney, howeverdistrusted and disliked by many of those in Henry's court, rose meteorically. But like his friends and mentor, Wolsey, he too fell from grace. Although, unlike Wolsey, who diedon his way to stand trial for treason. Some ten years later, Cromwell was charged with heresy, treason and corruption and executed at the Tower of London. A year later, the braveCountess of Salisbury was dragged to the scaffold, but refused to lay her head on the block. Sadly, the awful sentence was eventually carried out. Although I hold no affection for this maligned instigator of the Reformation, I too lived by the river in Putney, and greatly enjoyed living at the starting spot of the Boat Race. Sunday is the 256th anniversary ofAnniversary of Rabbie Burns’ birth and the 211th Anniversary of Burns Night. It is hard to believe it is almost a month since we sang his poem (or the first verse, at least), Auld Land Syne. This current cold snap feels like good weather to enjoy the 'Great chieftain o' the puddin-race', neeps & tattieswith a wee dram. Monday see the launch of a new property portal; OnTheMarket.com This is a fresh window to the web, which is run in an entirely different way. It champions the full service which local agents provide, recognising the benefits of having experienced professionals in place to manage the sale and letting process. It looks set to be an exciting week, punctuated by the next instalment of Wolf Hall. I can't wait! Winkworth Salisbury                    



The days are drawing out and we are once again treated to some spectacular seven o'clock sunrises. And despite minus seven showing on my drive to the office this morning, it has been a beautiful day and surely spring cannot be far away.

Certainly, the market feels like that, with flurries of activity and a general note of optimism, looking forward to the season ahead.

Winkworth Salisbury offices are Jacobean, and our magnificent ceiling would have been fifteen years or so old by the time Thomas Cromwell, ina pivotal career move, became legal secretary for Cardinal Wolsey, who was in service to Henry VIII.

Wednesday evening saw the first episode of Wolf Hall, the six-part adaptation that combines both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

Whilst wonderfully entertaining (and who doesn't love acostume drama) there is a world of difference between fictional history and historical fiction.

Thomas Cromwell, whose life it chronicles, was a “ruffian” (in his own words), has gone in and out of favour, depending upon the time. After his death, many Elizabethans saw him as a heroic martyr to the English protestant cause. And after World War II, Professor Eltonplaced him on a very different pedestal at the heart of what he called the Tudor revolution in government. Crediting Cromwell as the man who blew away the medieval system of government based on the king’s household. Replacing it with a departmental bureaucracy that became the forerunner of the modern constitutional state. And describing Cromwell as “the most remarkable revolutionary in English history”, and his intellect “the most successfully radical instrument at any man’s disposal in the 16th century”

Others views see him as a scheming spin doctor, who engineered the largest land-grab and asset-strip in English history. When Anne Boleyn pointed out that the money should be going to charity or good works, he fitted her up on charges of adultery, and watched as she was beheaded.

He also sent hundreds to the scaffold under his highly politicised “treason” laws.An as what goes around: comes around, when the tables had turned, he pleaded to Henry; “Most gracyous prynce I crye for mercye mercye mercye.” And he was given all the mercy he had shown others.

But this brewers son from Putney, howeverdistrusted and disliked by many of those in Henry's court, rose meteorically. But like his friends and mentor, Wolsey, he too fell from grace. Although, unlike Wolsey, who diedon his way to stand trial for treason. Some ten years later, Cromwell was charged with heresy, treason and corruption and executed at the Tower of London.

A year later, the braveCountess of Salisbury was dragged to the scaffold, but refused to lay her head on the block. Sadly, the awful sentence was eventually carried out.

Although I hold no affection for this maligned instigator of the Reformation, I too lived by the river in Putney, and greatly enjoyed living at the starting spot of the Boat Race.

Sunday is the 256th anniversary ofAnniversary of Rabbie Burns’ birth and the 211th Anniversary of Burns Night. It is hard to believe it is almost a month since we sang his poem (or the first verse, at least), Auld Land Syne. This current cold snap feels like good weather to enjoy the 'Great chieftain o' the puddin-race', neeps & tattieswith a wee dram.

Monday see the launch of a new property portal; OnTheMarket.com This is a fresh window to the web, which is run in an entirely different way. It champions the full service which local agents provide, recognising the benefits of having experienced professionals in place to manage the sale and letting process.

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It looks set to be an exciting week, punctuated by the next instalment of Wolf Hall. I can't wait!

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