The Midlands

Midlands

Once known as the Kingdom of Mercia in early medieval times, the central area of England is now more commonly referred to as the Midlands. This vast stretch of landscape has a medley of historical cities, ranging from ancient Coventry and esteemed Cambridge, to bustling Birmingham and Derby; places which burst into life during the Industrial Revolution

Coventry was the only British city to lose a Cathedral during the WWII bombing on 14th November 1940. The ruins of the old one stand beside the new, designed by Basil Spence

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10 best stately homes

Britain has a wealth of beautiful stately homes, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best. Read More »

The Churchill Arms, Paxford

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Looking for a cosy Cotswold bolthole this winter? Look no further than the Churchill Arms where the great statesman’s presence lingers in the bar…
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Bradley House was the historic home of the Seymours after they moved from Wolf Hall

Hire your own private historic stately home

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Carriages on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. Credit: 4Corners Images

Don’t miss the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine

For this issue we’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most spectacular stately homes, as well as historic Cotswold inns to snuggle up in this winter, the story of the Lost Tudor Princess and an exploration of beautiful Royal Berkshire.

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Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Credit: Blenheim Palace

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Anne Hatahway's cottage, stratford

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Battle for the skies – Defiant Mk Is of No. 264 Squadron RAF based at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, August 1940. Credit: B.J. Daventry, Royal Air Force official photographer

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New exhibition at IWM Duxford tells the human story of the battle for Britain’s skies with personal tales and momentos from seven people who served at the pivotal fighter station.

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Moorcroft Rose, Moorcroft Pottery, Staffordshire

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Battle of Britain, Second World War, air show

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Ely, Cambridgeshire. Credit: Paul Thompson Images/Alamy

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