The Wednesday Wondering – Step Back in Time

Welcome to another Wednesday Wondering. Today’s wondering has been posed by Write Romantic Alex who asks:

If you could travel back in time (purely for writing research purposes obviously) which period would you go to and why?

Oooh. Love this question. Even though I write books that are very much in the current time, I am quite fascinated by history and have to say I feel absolutely spoilt for choice. As the collator of this, I’ve been astounded as always by so many great answers coming in before I’ve written mine. One of these weeks I’ll get my act together and write my response first so I don’t keep changing my mind!

Here’s what some of the Write Romantics say:


If I could travel back in time it would be to Victorian England, I would love to see it for myself. Of course it would be as the lady of a big house and not some flea ridden unfortunate woman 😉 



As I’m now researching my new book I’d want to go to Orkney during the Neolithic period. I’m a little bit obsessed with this period. It’d be fascinating to see how people lived at that time and maybe even find out what they actually used the stone circles like the Ring of Brodgar for.  There’s a big archaeological dig on at the Ness of Brodgar at the moment so I’d like to pop in there too.  Then when I came home I’d astound everyone with my understanding of these sites that have been a mystery to archaeologists for years!



I would travel back to the early 1920s. That was when my mum was a child and every summer she went to stay with her great-granny in her cottage near the village of Cowfold in Sussex.  She used to take me to see the cottage – empty and almost derelict – when I was young and we would picnic in the overgrown garden. I still make the occasional pilgrimage to ‘Granny’s cottage’.  It’s been turned into a lovely home now, joined up into one with the adjoining cottage, but the character still remains.  If you stand very still you can hear the bell tolling from the monastery across the fields.  Brings a tear to my eye every time…

I had the impression these visits were the happiest times of my mum’s life and I would love to go back see it all through my own eyes.  Great-Granny lived until she was almost a hundred, amazing considering the basic and often very hard life she led. I’ve researched that side of the family – they were farm-workers, mostly, and have some old photos. I can definitely see a book there somewhere, but I’d have to do a great deal of research into the period to bring it alive.



Would love to go back to the times of the witch-hunts to experience the intensity and reasoning behind the madness.  Would have to get rid of the big wart on the end of my nose first! (Joke!)



I would love to experience Mediaeval times and the Victorian era but am going to settle for more recent with two different phases in the last century. I’ve been thinking recently about community and a sense of belonging and I’d like to experience what it was like during World War II both in the towns and cities pulling together in the midst of destruction and devastation as well as the rural communities providing homes for refugees and farming vital resources. What was that community feel really like and can we learn lessons from it for today’s society? I also have an idea for a novel set during WWII and would love to experience it 1st hand to ensure accuracy.

I’d also love to experience the 1960s. I love the music, adore the dresses and would love to experience what ‘courting’ was like in the days of being woo-ed (don’t know if I’ve spelt that right), being asked to go to a dance and no mobiles/social media (not that they existed when I was younger either but things seemed less complicated in the 60s than my teens and twenties in the late 80s/90s).


So, which period would you like to travel back to and why? We’d love to hear your thoughts and, as always, we very much welcome ideas for future Wednesday Wonderings.

Julie xx



12 thoughts on “The Wednesday Wondering – Step Back in Time

  1. Oh my, Julie wants to go back to the 1960s! Now I do feel old because I was there! I can’t say I remember any courting or wooing though. Just a lot of grabbing in darkened dance halls…

    • Hee hee hee! Sorry, wasn’t born until the next decade. I’m sure the films and tv programmes completely romanticise it but I love the feel of everything as picked up from Heartbeat – a programme I particularly loved for being filmed just down the road too!

  2. I’d definitely travel back to nineteenth-century England! Preferably as the lady of a lovely countryside manor, but I also wouldn’t mind being a maid at a large mansion, just to experience what it would have been like. I think it’s such a fascinating time and could definitely use the inspiration for my writing!

  3. Hi all,
    I have very similar thoughts to Julie on this one. I would love to go back to the 1970’s but as a woman in my thirties and enjoy the simplicity of writing letters. I used to write letters all the time and of course now we have Facebook, Twitter, emails and text messaging. Letters are so powerful in comparison.

    • Oh yes! I have to say, I feel sorry for anyone dating these days. In many ways, it’s probably harder knowing there are so many ways a date could get in touch and chooses not to … and so many ways they could humiliate you if the 1st date didn’t go well. Mind you, I met my hubbie thanks to technology – we met on a dating site so I may be born in the 70s but I am happy to embrace 21st century technology!

  4. What a great question! I’m struggling to choose between Victorian Britain or WWII. I think, at the moment, I would go for the latter because I’ve been researching the period and the bravery of some people was humbling. Love the Wednesday Wonderings, ladies 🙂 xx

    • Thanks for joining in regularly Elle and thanks for the compliment. I also toyed with Victorian Britain. I think I may like to do a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure moment and experience it all!!! Is that greedy?!

  5. I’d like to go right, right back to see humans just starting out; I’d love to find out what makes people people, from first principles! Once we’d stopped being tree-dwellers and started to form societies… but I’d probably die of something unpicturesque in the first half hour…

    • Oooh, Jane, what a great response. That would be fascinating. I wonder how much the historians got right and wrong. Would be incredible to see if we’ve actually digressed in some ways from our early forms. Thanks for joining in.

  6. This is a tough one. I can’t choose one particular era, there are too many I’d love to experience (WWII, Russia when the Tzars were still around, Victorian England and further back, American Pioneering times, Scott going to the Poles, seeing big old mansions in their heyday, etc, etc). My idea is not to actually travel back in time, but to be able to just open a window and observe your chosen time. That way you could watch a different time every week! 🙂

    • Hi Liz, I’m liking the idea of being able to just open a window and see. Goes back to my Bill & Ted mention after Elle’s comment. I think being in another era would terrify me but I’d love to see. Maybe a ghost or something who they can’t see but you get to see everything!

  7. From what I’ve read, people were accused of being a witch if they:
    -Were landowners or had wealth the church wanted. (in various places women could retain property until marriage)
    -Had influence moreso than the church in any particular area.
    -Were members of a family the church/nobility wanted to disgrace and cast out to consolidate power in a region.
    -Wealthy women who refused to marry a certain person or married someone else, revenge/jealousy played a factor.

    It’s religious wealth and power grabbing for the most part.

    Then there were the religious nutters and their witch hunts which came about due to xenophobic attitudes of isolated villages under the complete control of particular brand of faith. Couple that with a bad crop or disease sweeping through killing people/animals…you’ve got the recipe for witch hunt fever.

    As for where I’d go, neolithic times in Europe would be interesting.

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