Since modern tourism began in the C19th, guide books and maps have been essential for planning visits and exploring destinations. The digital revolution has had a major impact upon the production and use of guides, but there’s still a role for imaginative and stimulating books such as Maps of the United Kingdom. In reality that’s […]
The Romans founded Chester in the C1st AD. The city was the fortress of the 20th Legion. There are extensive Roman walls of local red sandstone. Outside the walls are the remains of the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. Storyhouse Today’s theatre lovers can also enjoy an indoor experience at Chester’s Storyhouse. The recently opened […]
Leatherhead, a historic market town, is the gateway to the beautiful Surrey Hills. This includes Box Hill on the route of the 2012 Olympic road cycle race. The town is a busy business and shopping centre. The High Street is traffic free making it a relaxing and pleasant place to shop. Here you will find […]
St Albans has fascinating history from the Iron Age onward. In Roman times, the town was one of the largest towns in Roman Britain until Budicca destroyed it. Notable former residents of the town include Samuel Ryder (1858-1936). They named the Ryder Cup after him. He ran his gardening business from St Albans, selling his […]
Lytham, was a fishing village and appeared in the Domesday Book 1086. But, in the C17th coastal retreats became popular as people the looked for the healthy properties of sea water. The town began to grow and popularity was bound to increase with the coming of the railways. Today the town has architectural features which […]
Lerwick is the Capital of the Shetland Islands and its main port. It is about 100 miles north of the coast of mainland Great Britain. The name comes from the Old Norse Leirvick meaning muddy bay. The Shetlands are rich in archaeology and people have settled here for about 5,000 years. On the coast the […]
Taunton, the county town of Somerset, is a treasure which is waiting to be discovered. The menus in the cafes, bars and restaurants reflects the rich soils in the Vale of Taunton. The weekly farmers’ market offers the chance to explore the best of the local produce. The town has the benefit of many independent charming […]
In the past, townsfolk were reliant on a resident Town Crier – who would relay information on multiple topics: proclamations, bylaws and market days.