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Port Isaac Harbour View
Port Isaac Harbour © Jack Vincent

Port Isaac – Renowned for having one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain

The picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac is one of North Cornwall’s more popular ports. The village provides lovely walks along the coast due to its position in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Heritage Coastal Area status. The village port From the Middle Ages until the middle of the C19th, Port Isaac […]

Ely by edubarros on Pixabay
Ely by edubarros on Pixabay

Historic Ely, home of Oliver Cromwell

Ely in Cambridgeshire, takes its name from its history of trading in eels. Set in marshes, the Fens, eels were for many years the mainstay of the local economy. If you are interested in the life cycle of the eel then follow the Eel Trail. This self-guided circular tour connects 5 pieces of art which […]

Hertford War Memorial by-Chris-Reynolds on geograph-3874923-
Hertford War Memorial by-Chris-Reynolds on geograph-3874923-

Hertford, on the River Lee, once a Saxon stronghold on the boundary between Saxon and Danish England

King Edgar established Hertfordshire with Hertford as its County town. The town is now a blend of old and new and set in delightful countryside. The War Memorial, dating from November 1921, has a bronze stag standing on a Portland stone plinth. Some of Henry II’s walls of 1173 have survived, James I demolished the […]

Paul-Gillett on geograph
Paul-Gillett on geograph (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Worthing, a resort with a pier and an art deco pavilion

Worthing began to develop as coastal resort in the late C18th. The town had the benefit of the sea air without the hustle and bustle of Brighton. By the end of the century the town had just two shops. The first theatre opened in 1796, and in 1797 the hot and cold saltwater baths opened. […]

Wye Bridge © Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Wye Bridge © Visit Herefordshire

Hereford a walled city where the street plan is almost exactly as it was in medieval times.

The modern city of Hereford, on the boarder between England and Wales, is a treasure trove of historic buildings and artefacts. While the Old Market is an up-to-the-minute, and buzzing, shopping destination. Hereford Cathedral The see of Hereford dates from AD 676, and the present Cathedral from C11th-C12th. The columns and arches in the nave […]

HG Wells Tripod sculpture representing a Martian invader from War of the Worlds © Woking TC
HG Wells Tripod sculpture © Woking Borough Council

Woking in Surrey, was home to HG Wells, and inspiration for The War of the Worlds

Modern Woking has grown up close to the medieval village known today as Old Woking. Here Henry VIII had a Palace and its ruins are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. By the C17th the village was a prosperous market place and some buildings and street layout remain to this day. Buildings In Woking In the heart […]

St Mary in the Castle © Jim Linwood
St Mary in the Castle, Hastings © Jim Linwood

Heritage Open Days – England’s unexplored heritage sites at a town near you. Here’s your starter for ten

In early September the doors will be open on hundreds of unusual and exceptional historic and iconic properties. We start you off with some ideas of where to visit around the country.

Arundel Castle © Visual Air
Arundel Castle © Visual Air

Arundel’s 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 […]

Guildhall and Newton © Ruth Crook – Grantham Civic Society

Grantham in the heart of England, always in the thick of it.

Grantham is a market town in Lincolnshire dating from Saxon times or earlier. In the heart of England, it was the birth place of our first female Prime Minister. History of Grantham The town has always been in the thick of things! The Royal Manor belonged at one time to Queen Edith, wife of Edward […]

St Austell Holy Trinity Church
St Austell Holy Trinity Church © Visit Cornwall

St Austell – A stone’s throw from the Cornish Riviera

Referred to as the Cornish Riviera, St Austell is an old market town not far from the beautiful South Cornish coast line. It is the largest town in Cornwall and overlooked by the white peaks of the China Clay industry. Holy Trinity (above) is an ancient Grade I Listed church and is unusual as parts date back to […]