Author: Hillary Randall

Silver Street © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
Silver Street Warminster © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Make spring time for Warminster nestled between Cley Hill and Battlesbury Hill, the area offers wonderful spring walks along ancient routes.

Situated beneath the chalk downland, with its abundant flora and fauna, Warminster lies on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area around Warminster shows evidence of early settlers with Iron Age forts. In the middle ages the town thrived on the wool and cloth industries, […]

A Golden Year for Stamford, England’s finest stone town

Sir Walter Scott once said that Stamford in Lincolnshire was ‘the finest sight on the road between Edinburgh and London’. Stamford has a lot to be proud of. It has 600 listed buildings, some unspoilt Georgian streets and lots of mellow limestone. In 2017 the town will mark the 50th year of its status as Britain’s first urban Conservation Area. This helps to […]

The magic of Haworth, West Yorkshire

Steam train arriving at Haworth © John Huxley With its cobbled Main Street, Haworth in West Yorkshire is famous the world over for the Bronte family who lived at the Parsonage. The Bronte sisters, Anne (1820 – 49), Charlotte (1816 -55) and Emily (1818 – 48), lived here, as the daughters of the curate. Their […]

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The Market Town of Chipping Campden in Gloustershire

Chipping Campden © www.cotswolds.com The C7th town of Chipping Campden derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene”, meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land. Chipping means market. In medieval times Chipping Campden was one of the most important wool towns and was famous throughout Europe. Today, it is a small […]

Helmsley, the only market town on the North York Moor

Helmsley is on the North York Moor equi-distant between Thirsk and Pickering. There is evidence of settlement here since 3000BC, including Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Viking. The town is one of the 17 with a mention in Magna Carta. The medieval Canon Garth, the vicarage, is the oldest surviving house in Helmsley. Helmsley […]

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The beautiful Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold © www.cotswolds.com Stow-on-the-Wold, is a market town in Gloucestershire. It is the highest town in the Cotswolds with views over the lovely rolling hills (the wolds). It has been a market town since 1107 when Henry I granted the right to hold a weekly market. In 1330 Edward III granted a charter allowing an […]

Market Place Devizes, Wiltshire. © www.visitwilthshire.co.uk

The historic Market town of Devizes in Wiltshire

Devizes is a vibrant market town with a medieval past, wealth of history and architectural heritage. National Express recently quizzed the nation to uncover the top 15 UK streets you need to see. The people they questioned rated Devizes Market Place one of the prettiest streets in Britain. A Roman settlement existed here and several […]

Beautiful stone St. Mary'sChurch in Cricklade
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Cricklade in Wiltshire, the southern gateway to the Cotswolds

History of the town Situated in the north of Wiltshire, Cricklade has been called the most intact example of a late Saxon new town in Britain. It is also the first town on the River Thames and southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The name Cricklade means the place by the river crossing. It is one […]

Sherborne in Dorset – a town to paint

Sherborne Castle Capability Brown Orangery and Ginkgo Lawn ©Sherborne Castle An ancient Dorset town, Sherborne is close to the north west boarder with Somerset. Once noted for its woollen trade, silk, lace and button making, it is now a magnet for creative talent. The town was formerly the capital of Wessex. The architecture of Sherborne […]