Great British Houses: Alnwick Castle – An Iconic Castle in Northumberland Made Famous by Harry Potter

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Overlooking the lush green meadows of the banks of the River Aln and dominating the small town of Alnwick in Northumberland is the vast medieval fortress of Alnwick Castle. The stark and dramatic exterior of the castle, the site of various battles … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Exploring World War II History in The Channel Islands – A Day Trip to Guernsey

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Situated off the French coast of Normandy, Guernsey is one of two Bailiwicks that comprise The Channel Islands; the southernmost islands belonging to the British Isles. While it remains loyal to the British Crown, Guernsey ‘s independent status means … [Read more...]

Great Houses: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Blenheim Palace – The Birthplace of Winston Churchill

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One of the only non-Royal, non-episcopal country estates to carry the term “palace”, it was built between 1705 and 1722 and was a tribute to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough for his victories against the French and Bavarians in the War of … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Kingston Lacy – A Beautiful Italianate Country House in Dorset

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Often referred to as an ‘explorer’ and ‘adventurer’, William John Bankes lived his life with such vigour that Byron referred to him as ‘the father of all mischiefs’. Kingston Lacy, a glorious Italianate country house originally built in the 17th … [Read more...]

The Real Downton: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Highclere Castle – The Real Downton Abbey – That You Probably Didn’t Know

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While another house once stood where Highclere is today, the current house that has become so famous was designed by Sir Charles Barry (one of the architects of the Houses of Parliament) and was constructed from 1839 to 1842. As with many great … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Cliveden House – The House Made Notorious by Political Scandal

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Once home to one of the most famous cliques in British history, the ‘Cliveden Set’, Cliveden House is a country mansion that boasts some of the most impressive gardens in the country and a history peppered with political scandal. Built in a mixture … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Sissinghurst Castle Garden – The Most Visited Garden in England

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Sissinghurst is a garden in Kent and is the most visited garden in England. It was created in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. The garden features a series of rooms each with a distinct theme and separated by yew … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Great Britons – Too Late! The Story of General Charles George Gordon in the Sudan

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By Christopher Saunders He was short – five-foot-six – and stocky, face bristling with chestnut whiskers. But most striking were his eyes. “His clear blue eye… possess[ed] a magic power over all who came within its influence,” W.G. Lilley … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Bolsover Castle – A Stunning Castle in Derbyshire That Played a Key Role in the English Civil War

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Part 12th century medieval palace ruins and part 17th century Elizabethan renaissance mansion, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire is a unique and internationally important structure. Once home to Cavalier playboy Sir William Cavendish who entertained King … [Read more...]

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...]