There’s been a revival of interest in recent years in the distinctive history and character of London’s individual local areas and their history as separate towns and villages. Before the sprawl of the 20th century, our inner urban areas were more tightly defined, and beyond the city centre conurbations were made up of a cluster […]
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.
The early town grew around the Royal Palace which Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and brother of Henry V, built in 1427. A grand palace, it had battlements and a moat, and became a favourite of the Tudors. Greenwich Park was the ‘garden’ of the Royal Palace. It was the playground and hunting ground for the […]
Camden Town is a special part of London, to the north of Totenham Court Road and including Regent’s Canal. Blossoming out of post war London, Camden became a bustling, thriving neighbourhood. There’s everything you need here and more, including London Zoo. To start off your visit, there are plenty of hostelries to welcome you with […]
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 […]