Great British Houses: Brympton d’Evercy – A Stunning Stately Home in Somerset


One of Somerset’s most historic houses, Brympton d’Evercy, was once described as ‘the most beautiful house in England’. Built slowly over hundreds of years and then refurbished and renovated for every century after, Brympton d’Evercy has evolved … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Wollaton Hall – An Elizabethan Palace That May Look Familiar from the Batman Films


At the time Wollaton Hall was built, it was an architectural sensation. A decadent Elizabethan palace that showed stark Tudor England how to embrace the excesses of the Renaissance, Wollaton boasts the most dramatic facade of any English house built … [Read more...]

Great Britons: William Bligh – Infamous for the Mutiny on the Bounty But Sold Short by History


Editor's Note: On this day in 1754, William Bligh was born so it's fitting that he kick off the latest series of 12 articles about great figures from British History.  William Bligh was a sailor and ship’s captain best remembered for his role in … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Levens Hall in Cumbria – An Iconic Dutch Style Topiary Garden


Levens Hall, in Cumbria, is one of a very few remaining examples of the Dutch Style of Topiary, popular towards the end of the 17th century. As well as over 100 clipped trees, each one in a different shape, the garden has beautiful herbaceous borders … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Kimbolton Castle – A Stunning Castle Turned Mansion in Cambridgeshire


A Norman castle, a Tudor manor house, a Georgian mansion, and finally, a public school. Kimbolton Castle has survived many centuries of change. The final resting place of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s divorced and banished Spanish Queen, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Wilton House – A Stunning Example of Palladian Architecture in Wiltshire


Wilton House is an impressive example of severe Palladian style and is home to Inigo Jones’ famous Single and Double Cube Rooms, believed by some to be the finest 17th century staterooms in England.  Privately owned since King Henry VIII seized it … [Read more...]

The Monarchs: King John (1199 – 1216) – One of England’s Most Terrible Kings – Famous for Sealing the Magna Carta

'Signing' Magna Carta - Was Actually Sealed

King John is thought to be the antithesis of King Richard, the Lionheart who preceded him. If Richard was tall, strong, brave and an accomplished military leader, John was short, weak, cowardly and completely unskilled in the art of war. After … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: A Brief History of the Old and New Wardour Castle in Wiltshire


In the fourteenth century, Baron Lovell returned triumphant from battles overseas and built Wardour Castle, a grand fortress worthy of a powerful English Lord. Originally built as a show of strength and victory over enemies overseas, Wardour Castle … [Read more...]