Author: Hillary Randall

Arundel Castle © Visual Air
Arundel Castle © Visual Air

Arundel Castle overlooking the River Arun, celebrates 950 years of history in 2018

Roger Montgomery built Arundel Castle in the C11th, and it is now one of the oldest and most complete castles in England. It stands in superb grounds which look over the River Arun in West Sussex. And this year it celebrates the 950th anniversary, and today is the family home of the 18th Duke of […]

Wroxham © bvrw
Wroxham © bvrw

Wroxham, the capital of the broads

Wroxham, the capital of the Norfolk Broads, is really two villages by the beautiful River Bure. There is much for visitors to see and do here. Miniature Worlds is the newest attraction with model railways, Scalextric, and Lego, miniature villages from around the world, and a good deal more. For a fun activity with children […]

Southwold harbour by RonPorter on Pixabay

Visit Southwold in Suffolk to see some of the finest flint flushwork in England and sample a pint or two of Adnams

Southwold near Aldeburgh in Suffolk has always had a strong connection with seafaring and shipbuilding. As long ago as 1512 the town sent six shipwrights to help build Henri Grace a Dieu for Henry VIII. The town saw action during the C17th Anglo Dutch wars. In the third Dutch War the town was the headquarters […]

The Barn on The Green © Randall 18

Southwick on the road from Brighton to Shoreham has lovely historic features and links to its farming past.

Until the mid C19th Southwick was a farming and fishing village. There were a few cottages and a tithe barn on the west of The Green. A notable Roman Villa sat to the east of Southwick Street (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), and finds are on show in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre. Manor Cottage dates […]

Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay
Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay

The city of Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, proud home of HMS Victory, is a vibrant and popular destination which blends the old and the new.

At the entrance to the Harbour, The Point and the Camber, visitor to Portsmouth will find some of the oldest, and many listed, buildings. In 1180 a wealthy merchant founded a chapel. In time it became the Parish church for the settlement which grew around the Point and Camber, Portmouth. Richard I granted the town […]

Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay
Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay

On the banks of the Thames, Greenwich, home of the Cutty Sark, is one of London’s maritime landmarks. Steeped in the nation’s history, it is a World Heritage site, and home to the National Maritime Museum

The early town grew around the Royal Palace which Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and brother of Henry V, built in 1427. A grand palace, it had battlements and a moat, and became a favourite of the Tudors. Greenwich Park was the ‘garden’ of the Royal Palace. It was the playground and hunting ground for the […]

Lavenham Suffolk by MemoryCatcher on Pixabay
Lavenham Suffolk by MemoryCatcher on Pixabay

Visit Lavenham, a Suffolk wool town, to find a treasure chest of medieval timbered buildings. In its heyday it was one of the wealthiest settlements in England.

The history of Lavenham is one of gains and losses. In 1524 the village, a successful wool settlement, paid more in taxes than either Lincoln or York. Yet, 500 years later in 1824 the village was struggling with poverty. Today, it has recovered and is one of the best preserved medieval English villages. Lavenham in […]

Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay
Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay

Brighton, the play ground of the Prince Regent, later George IV, has entertained sea-side visitors in style for more than 200 years.

The Royal connections in Brighton go back before the Prince Regent. Sussex Yatch Club organises the Royal Escape Race  from Brighton to Fecamp in Normandy. The race celebrates the escape to France of King Charles 11 in 1651. Today a bunch of hardy volunteers organises the race and raises funds for sailing charities such as […]

The town sign saying Historic Amesbury the home of Stoehenge © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
© www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Amesbury is a bustling town, surrounded by an ancient landscape including Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, which attracts over a million visitors a year.

Amesbury has a rich history dating back beyond the Iron Age. Settlers built a large Iron Age hill fort here defending the River Avon. And, in 2002, archaeologists found the grave of the famous Amesbury Archer. Notably, it held the most Bronze Age artefacts ever found in Britain. The building of the first abbey began […]

Simon de Montfort on horse © battleofevesham.co.uk
Simon de Montfort on horse at Battle of Evesham © battleofevesham.co.uk

Step back in time to the C13th at the Battle of Evesham between Prince Edward and Simon de Montfort

The C13th Century Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August 2018. This free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham. It features a mediaeval festival and camp with demos of cookery, weapons and medicine, and the main battle re-enactment. We expect thousands to attend, to witness a battle […]