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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 […]

Derby © Visitderby.co.uk
Derby © Visitderby.co.uk

Derby has been in the middle of it all for thousands of years, boasting Bronze Age artefacts, to Neronian forts, and Georgian arts, there’s plenty for visitors to see and do.

The centre of the City of Derby is an eclectic blend of old and new. The mix includes the Cathedral, Georgian buildings in Friargate and cobbled streets, next to C20th urban townscape. The once splendid Friar Gate Bridge dates from 1878. Local iron foundry Andrew Handyman & Co. designed the bridge for the Great Northern […]

Trowbridge Town Hall shows summer flower displays and hanging baskets © Visit Wiltshire
Trowbridge Town Hall © Visit Wiltshire

Trowbridge in Wiltshire, here you can wander through the streets where Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark.

In the heart of west Wiltshire, Trowbridge is a vibrant town with truly ancient roots. Here you can wander through streets where Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark. In the C13th the town was the headquarters of a Magna Carta Baron. With 24 others, he forced King John to sign the ‘great […]

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 […]

Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council
Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage in Hertfordshire is a study in urban planning and design, and has several notable features and public art installations

Stevenage in Hertfordshire was once a quiet country town, but in 1946 it became Britain’s first New Town. These provided quality housing and community facilities in response to the post-war housing shortage. The new town of Stevenage was six self-contained residential areas arranged around the original town. Now called Stevenage Old Town, this original part […]

A pretty row of old cottages in Castle Street Saffron Walden © Visit Essex
Castle Street Saffron Walden © Visit Essex

Pay a visit to Saffron Walden, in rural Essex, is a quaint medieval market town about 50 miles from London

The town has an ancient heritage, and since medieval times has been prosperous. The name Saffron comes from the valuable Crocus sativus crop, which was cultivated here between the 15th and 18th centuries and was used as a dye, flavouring and medicine. The Woolcombers Hall survives from this period. The area is a good place […]

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 […]

Church Street © Darren Pepe
Godalming Church Street © Darren Pepe

Godalming in Surrey, an ancient and pretty town, and a popular place to live.

Godalming a market town in South West Surrey has a long history. The presence of Mesolithic and Neolithic flints points to human activity here in prehistoric times. Also, remains of Roman pottery suggest Roman occupation nearby. The pretty town was already a large busy village in Anglo Saxon times. Then, King Alfred left the village […]

Hailsham Street Market © Hailsham Town Council
© Hailsham Town Council

Hailsham, in the Wealden District of East Sussex, at the gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Hailsham is a small town in the Wealden District of East Sussex, at the gateway to the South Downs National Park. It is convenient for travel having easy access to the coast and coastal towns, airports, and London. The town has a mix of old and new and there are interesting medieval buildings. It was […]

Waltham Abbey town © Visit Essex
Waltham Abbey town © Visit Essex

Waltham Abbey, in Essex, the final resting place of the remains of the last Saxon King of England

Waltham Abbey, in Essex, grew into a Saxon settlement on well-drained gravel close to the River Lee. The first church on the site dated from about 700. It rose to fame because of the Abbey. According to legend, Tovi the Proud, standard bearer to King Cnut, accompanied a cross that travelled under its own direction […]