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...]

Great British Houses: Waddesdon Manor – The House Built by the Rothschild Banking Dynasty

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Waddesdon Manor is a Louis XIV style French renaissance château lavishly built in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. As extravagant as you would expect, Waddesdon Manor is one the grandest country houses in … [Read more...]

Great Britons: Charles Dickens – Everything You Need to Know about The Greatest Writer of the Victorian Era

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Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Leeds Castle – “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

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You can’t talk about the history of the English royal family in medieval times without taking a moment to acknowledge Leeds Castle. First a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle has been the royal residence of six queens of Medieval Britain and if walls … [Read more...]

New Article Series – Great British Gardens: Stourhead – The Timeless Landscape in Wiltshire

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Editor's Note: This is the first article in a series of 5 articles about Britain's greatest gardens. First up is our personal favorite, Stourhead in Wiltshire. Stourhead is a large landscape garden in Wiltshire, built in the 18th century. It … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Victorian Spooks – Charles Dickens and the Art of a Good Ghost Story

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It’s that time of year again – time to round up your fainthearted friends, flick off the lights and frazzle their nerves with the best ghost story you can muster. But before you shine a flashlight up your face and start bleating out another generic … [Read more...]