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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 […]

Street Chertsey ©
Windsor Street Chertsey © Visit Surrey

Chertsey on the Thames had some of the finest medieval floor tiles in England.

Chertsey is a market town on the banks of the Thames which grew around a Benedictine Abbey founded in 666. The Vikings destroyed the Abbey in 871 killing the Abbott and 90 monks. King Edgar refounded the Abbey in 964 and some ruins, mostly the gardens, still remain. The Abbey fishponds remain and fill with […]

Windsor©windsor.gov.uk
© windsor.gov.uk

Windsor is famous world wide for its Royal connections which go back to William the Conqueror

Windsor Castle has the distinction to be the residence of the Royal Family. And is the oldest and the largest occupied castle anywhere in the world. It has been home to 39 monarchs. The first Norman castle was the typical motte and bailey, which was part of the Conqueror’s ring of castles surrounding London. It […]

St Mary's Chepstow showing the town, the Castle and the 1816 bridge© John Burrows
Chepstow © John Burrows

Chepstow has always been a forward looking, modern town. At the gateway to the Wales Coast Path, you can stand on its Bridge and have one foot in Wales and the other foot in England.

William FitzOsbern, cousin of William the Conqueror, founded the Castle, Priory, and Town at Chepstow. He was joint 2nd in command of the Normans in the Norman conquest of 1066. So afterward, William I made him Earl of Hereford. Chepstow Castle The priority for both the Conqueror and FitzOsbern was to secure the English-Welsh border. […]

Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.
Morris Dancers at Apple Day © www.golakes.co.uk.

Penrith in the Lake District is right in the middle of it all! It’s a market town with cobbled lanes, and surrounded by Bronze Age monuments.

In the heart of Cumbria, Penrith is the social and commercial centre of the Eden District. It is the perfect base from which visitors can explore the Eden Valley and the Lake District National Park. The cobbled lanes in the town centre have independent shops and a range of eateries which range from cafes to […]

People shopping on Rochester High Street © Visit Kent
Shopping in Rochester © Visit Kent

Rochester in Kent, is a historic town on the route between London and Dover, and home to one of England’s greatest novelists.

Rochester is a very old city, within the walls of a Roman town where Watling Street crosses the river Medway. Later Anglo Saxons built Rochester Bridge which has ten timber spans across the Medway; a great achievement. Named landowners were responsible for the upkeep of piers or spans. Rochester Castle The first castle dates from […]

Chichester Market Cross1 © Picklecat 2017
Chichester Market Cross © Picklecat 2017

Chichester in West Sussex is a busy market town with resident Peregrine Falcons nesting in the Cathedral. Be prepared, bring a shopping bag and a pair of birdwatcher’s binoculars!

Bishop Edward Storey gave the Market Cross to Chichester in 1501 to shelter the itinerant merchants. As he market grew, the town added more market buildings. The Buttermarket of 1807, built by John Nash, still survives with its six Doric columns and Coat of Arms. It leads now to an indoor market. West from the […]

Copford Church fresco © visitessex.com
Fresco at Copford Church in Essex © visitessex.com

The county of Essex has some historic churches which are well worth a visit

Thaxted church, described as the cathedral of Essex, is very grand. It is a ‘cathedral style’ church with a narrow crossing between the nave and the chancel. The medieval stone spire, unique and tallest in the county, is now 181 feet high, and so dominates the countryside. For more information visit The church has 3 […]

Witney buttercross and town hall © The Cotswolds
Witney buttercross and town hall © The Cotswold

Witney a beautiful ancient market town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Witney is situated 12 miles west of Oxford and was once an important river crossing on the River Windrush.  The place-name Witney is first attested in a Saxon charter of 969 as Wyttannige; it appears as Witenie in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name means Witta’s island. A charming and bustling market town, there’s […]

Bampton Town Hall © The Cotswolds
Bampton Town Hall © The Cotswolds

Visit the ancient market town of Bampton in the Bush near to the River Thames

The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large area of common land, hence its name ‘Bampton in the Bush’. The name, meaning Beam-tun (the settlement by the tree or cross), was a major […]