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Nearly everyone will have heard of Pevensey, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066 to claim the crown of England. Pevensey was once an important settlement, on the edge of the coast and guarded by an impressive Roman Fort and Medieval castle. By the C17th, changes in sea level, silting up of the waterways as well as flood protection schemes and land reclamation, left Pevensey a mile from the sea. Its importance dwindled and now it is little more than the one main street. It is still...
Eastbourne is a popular holiday resort on the South Coast and reputedly England’s sunniest spot. It was little more than a village until the tourist boom of the C19th. Its promenade lined with splendid hotels and pier still attract holiday makers as well as the conference trade. In 1752, Dr Richard Russel who lived in nearby Lewis, published a “dissertation on the use of sea water” emphasising the benefits of sea bathing as a cure for many disorders. It became fashionable to stay at the...
Regency Bling at its best The Royal Pavilion with its flamboyant architecture, is one of the highlights of a trip to Brighton. It is a testament to George IV’s Regency dream. Brighton was developing rapidly as fashionable seaside resort and the patronage of the Prince of Wales (as he then was) really put Brighton on the map. The population was growing rapidly and work on the Royal Pavilion provided work for local tradesmen, labourers and craftsmen. The presence of the royal court as well...
In the Middle Ages there were dozens of churches in York. Some still survive as churches, others were declared redundant and put to new use. Still more were demolished. This article covers some of the Medieval churches in the centre of York, beginning with the Minster. The rest of the churches are covered in alphabetical order. #12 All Saints' Church, North Street #14 All Saints' Church, Pavement #15 Bar Convent, Blossom Street #16 Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate #17 Holy Trinity Church...
A virtually unchanged fortified manor house and a much loved family home of the Manners family Haddon Hall is one of the nicest stately homes we have visited. It is only a short distance from Chatsworth House, but is completely different. Set high on a cliff overlooking the River Wye, it is a virtually unchanged medieval fortified manor house. It is one of the seats of the Dukes of Rutland. Between 1700-1912, they lived in Belvoir Castle and Haddon was left unlived in and untouched. In...
For many people their first view of Bolsover Castle is from the M1, on top of a hill dominating the surrounding landscape. It was a display of wealth which was meant to be seen and to impress. Although it appears at first sight to be a medieval castle, it is in fact a C17th rich man’s extravagance, built for show rather than defence. Entry through the grand gateway takes you into a grassy area with a massive old copper beech tree in the centre. To the left is the Riding School, with the...
The Settle to Carlisle Railway is a wonderful trip across the Pennines on a railway that nearly wasn’t built, managed to survive the Beeching cuts of the 1960s and closure in the 1980s. Some history By the mid C18th, railway lines between England and Scotland had been built along both the east and west coast. The Midland Railway Company had no direct link to Scotland and was dependent on gaining access to its rivals tracks. The Midland Railway built a line as far as Ingleton where it...
Chester was an important Roman settlement and the museum has an excellent collection of Roman artefacts The Grosvenor Museum is a flamboyant brick building built in 1885 to house the collections of the Chester Archaeological Society and the Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art. It is almost too large to photograph. It is named after Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, Ist Duke of Westminster who owned most of the land in Chester and donated the land and paid part of the building...
The longest aqueduct in the British Isles and the highest in the world This is an impressive sight both from above and below. It is exhilarating either to cross on foot or by boat. The late C18th was a time of peak building of canals, needed to carry raw materials and finished goods across the country. A canal was proposed to carry cargoes from the mineral rich coalfields of North East Wales. This was an ambitious project across difficult terrain. William Jessop and Thomas Telford were...
Llangollen is an attractive market town on the banks of the River Dee, and is surrounded by the Berwyns and Clywdian mountains. It is overlooked by the ruins of the Welsh stronghold, Castell Dinas Bran. The name comes from the C7th monk, St Collen who founded a church here, although the present building is C15th. The town grew up to the north of the river, where there was more flat land. The railway and canal are on the south bank. The Dee Bridge across the river was built in 1345 and was...
Llandudno is dominated by the massive limestone headland of the Great Orme rising nearly 700’ above the town and bay. It is impressive seen from below. Seen from above, as can be seen from this photograph from the Visit Conwy website, really shows just how big and impressive it is. It is equally as impressive when seen from the town. One of the best ways to appreciate its bulk is from the Marine Drive, cut out of the side of the cliffs.
Mold is a small and attractive town on the River Alyn , overlooked by the Clwydian Hills. It used to be one of the main routes to North Wales, but is now bypassed. It is still a thriving market town for the area with a lot of independent shops in the town centre which have survived the arrival of the out of town supermarkets A motte and bailey castle was built here in the late C11th and was one of the early castles built by the Normans to consolidate their hold on Wales. A town grew...
This is probably one of the nicest and easiest low level walks in the Lake District. There is a good footpath all the way round the lake and it is best walked anticlockwise for the views. The walk is about four and a half miles and takes two and a half to three hours. The path runs just above the level of the lake through a mix of open woodland and open pastureland. There is a short stretch along the road at the far end as well as a short stretch through a tunnel cut through the cliff...
The home of the Pennington Family for over 800 years. Set high above the High above River Esk, it is a prominent land mark, and there are spectacular views across the fells. The land was granted to Alan de Penitone of Pennington in Lancashire in 1208 by King John, although the family may have lived here since 1026. A castle was built here in the late C13th and enlarged in C14th when a pele tower was added. Henry VI sheltered here after the Battle of Hexham in 1464 and is...
The remains of the bath house of Ravenglass Roman fort are among the tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain. Ravenglass is on the coast at the mouth of three rivers and was probably an important port. In the 1st century AD, the Romans built an earth and timber fort here to guard the harbour. In around 130AD this was replaced by a larger, more important fort named Glannaventa. It was a naval base as well as the the main supply centre for other forts across the region as far...
A narrow gauge railway was opened in 1875 to bring iron ore from the mines in Eskdale to the Furness Railway at Ravenglass. The line is now a major tourist attraction, run by an enthusiastic Preservation Society. The seven mile long mile track climbs 210’ from the coast at Ravenglass to the foot of England’s highest mountains in Eskdale. It follows the valleys of the River Mite and Esk to its terminus at Dalegarth. Some History This was the first public narrow gauge railway to be built...
This is one of the most popular short walks in the area, with many well made footpaths through the woods. The walk begins in the National Trust Car Park at Monk Coniston and climbs steadily up through the wild flower meadow to the woodland above. There are views back down to Lake Coniston The path continues through the walled garden of the Monk Coniston estate. The path crosses a road and enters more woodland, with a few stone steps and a wooden bridge and the car park for Tarn Hows...
Coniston Village is set back from the lakes side and surrounded by the peaks of the Old Man and Wetherlam. The houses scramble up the hillside. The flat land around the lake provided good farming and much of the land was owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. As well as farming, iron ore has been smelted here since Medieval times, using charcoal to fuel the furnaces. The discovery of copper in the C16th led to a rapid expansion in population and copper was mined until the early C20th...
A splendid Elizabethan Mansion built around a C14th pele tower. Levens Hall is a splendid Elizabethan house in the valley of the River Kent and surrounded by rich farmland. The original building dates from C13th, when the Redman family built a pele tower here as a defence against the Scots. The estate was sold to Alan Bellingham in 1562. The pele tower was in poor condition and he was responsible for rebuilding and extending the building. Only the base of the pele tower survived. The...
Kendal Mint Cake and the Gateway to the Southern Lakes Kendal’s origins date back to the C8th when the monastic settlement of Kirkland was established near a crossing point on the River Kent. A small settlement grew up round the church. William II established a barony here to secure his Northern territories. A motte and Bailey castle was built at Castle Howe, later to be replaced by the larger stone built KendalCastle. Richard I granted Kendal the right to hold a market in 1189, this...

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