Introducing a New Regular Column: Great Events in British History – First Up The Norman Invasion of 1066 – The End of Anglo-Saxon England

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Editor's Note: This article is the first in a new series of ongoing articles about major events in British History. Each article will be a long read about the event, its key players, background and its ramifications in British History. … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Berkeley Castle – A Medieval Gothic Castle Famed For the Murder of Edward II

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For anyone who still remembers their English History lessons, Berkeley Castle is a place of horror; a medieval gothic castle famed for being the setting of the grisly murder of Edward II and home to many a ghost with unfinished business. Remarkably, … [Read more...]

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...]

Guest Long Read: Great British Telly – Following in the Footsteps of Classic British TV

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(Lead image courtesy of Paul Townsend via Flickr) Is it the accents? Is it the dry, sarcastic (and more often than not quick-witted) humour? The fact that it can sometimes be a bit rubbish remains eminently watchable anyway? Whatever it is that … [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...]

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...]

Dispatches from England: Following in Paddington Bear’s Shoes In London – A Paddington Tour of London

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Since the movie was released here in the UK in late November, Paddington Bear has been all the rage (at least among young children... the segment of the population I'm most familiar with!) Last month, my family thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the cinema … [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...]