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William Blake's "Jerusalem"

William Blake's "Jerusalem"

In 1804, William Blake wrote the poem best known as ‘Jerusalem’ in which he writes: “And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills?”
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  • William Blake's "Jerusalem"

    In 1804, William Blake wrote the poem best known as ‘Jerusalem’ in which he writes: “And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills?”
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  • Captain John Eugene Crombie (1896-1917)

    To commemorate this remembrance season, we look back at the short life of Captain John Eugene Crombie, a young poet and the great-grandson of John Crombie I, who was killed in action on St George’s Day, 1917. A lover of music, literature, and poetry, John Eugene Crombie, always known as Eugene, was the only son of J.W. Crombie, a liberal M.P.

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  • James Locke & Tweed

    To celebrate the launch of Crombie’s 2016 Autumn Winter collection, we explore the life and times of James Locke, the man who is said to have coined the term ‘tweed’ in the mid-nineteenth century and who served as Crombie’s agent in London. As a London cloth merchant and tailor specialising almost exclusively in Scottish wares.

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  • 1805: The Battle of Trafalgar

    There are few Englishmen who would fail to recognise the significance of 1805 in the British historical record. Although it coincides with the date John Crombie began manufacturing the finest woollens in the world, 1805 marks Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s naval defeat of the French and Spanish fleets at Cape Trafalgar.

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  • The Crombie Crest

    The tradition of heraldry in Britain has been established since the medieval age. Then, as now, it uses an intricate system of symbols, in unique combinations, to denote an individual or corporation. Crombie’s own Coat of Arms was granted by the Lord Lyon Court, the oldest heraldic court in the world still in operation.

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  • 1851: The Great Exhibition

    It is not difficult to imagine the awe and wonder one would experience taking a stroll through Hyde Park during 1851. Housed in an immense glass structure designed by Joseph Paxton, the “Great Exhibition of Works of Industry of All Nations” was held during the summer in the appropriately named “Crystal Palace.” Designed as a showcase of British industry, it is perhaps pertinent to note that it is unlikely anyone could have simply strolled into the building.

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