Great British Houses: Holkham Hall – A Stunning Palladian House With a Huge Art Collection in Norfolk

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With one of the finest private collections of sculpture and paintings in the world, Holkham Hall is an art museum in its own right. An 18th century country house built in an exquisite Palladian style, Holkham Hall is located in the heart of the … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Hestercombe – An Iconic Lutyens Lanscape in Somerset

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Hestercombe is a garden in Somerset which features both a 17th century Landscape Garden and an important Edwardian garden by the design team of Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is a high-point of their partnership and marks the … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Audley End – A Stunning Example of Jacobean Architecture in Essex

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Built to impress a king, Audley End House is a stately home with palatial aspirations and one of Britain’s finest examples of 17th century Jacobean architecture. Thanks to ambitious restoration work carried out in the Victorian era and ongoing … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Beaulieu Palace House – Home to Britain’s National Motor Museum

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Beaulieu Palace House, as it is grandly known, is part medieval Cistercian Abbey and part Victorian Gothic revivalist country mansion. Opened up to the public in the 1950s by the famous 3rd Baron Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu, Beaulieu House created … [Read more...]

Great Britons: George Orwell – The Author of Animal Farm and 1984 – Two Seminal Books of 20th Century Literature

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George Orwell was the pen-name of Eric Arthur Blair, a novelist, journalist and social critic. His most famous books, Animal Farm and 1984 are prophetic visions at a dystopian authoritarian future. He is remembered for his clear prose, opposition to … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Hidcote Manor Garden – A Hidden Garden of Eden in Gloucestershire

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Hidcote Manor Garden was built in the early 20th century by the Anglo-American Lawrence Johnston. The garden is in The Cotswolds and is famous for its numerous garden ‘rooms’, enclosed by clipped hedges and containing a wide variety of both common … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Balmoral Castle – Her Majesty The Queen’s Private Scottish Home

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Balmoral Castle will forever be known as the happy family home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. An epic Scotch Baronial castle, fit for the Queen of Great Britain and grandmother of Europe, Balmoral Castle remains the … [Read more...]

Brit Books: Exclusive Excerpt from 1960’s Britain – New Title from Shire Books about the Swinging Sixties

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1960s Britain by Susan Cohen Introduction Photo caption: Children playing on a bomb-site in Manchester, 1960s Photo Credit: James Poyner The popular image of the 1960s Britain is of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, a golden age in which the whole … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Stowe Landscape Gardens – One of the First Managed Landscape Gardens in England

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Stowe is a grand estate in the Vale of Aylesbury north of London. It contains a large mansion and extensive grounds in the Landscape style, which developed during the 18th century in Georgian England to reflect a growing interest in an idealized … [Read more...]

Anglophile Alert: Tea from Tyneside – Ringtons Tea Comes to America – Read the Story Here

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John Lucas, a North Carolina-based Brit, explains how famous UK tea brand Ringtons came to be on sale in the USA. You may well have heard the expression “Carrying coals to Newcastle”, a reference to the fact that Newcastle and its surrounding … [Read more...]