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History

The rich tapestry of Britain’s history is full of fascinating characters, imposing castles and literary heroes. From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Britain, the Tudor period to the Victorian era, Shakespeare to Dickens, Britain has a unique heritage like no other. Much of this historical treasure trove has been preserved to inspire us today.
Graeme Peacock. Courtesy of The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project

Bishop Auckland, a small Northeast town with big ambitions, is fast becoming a cultural hub Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was once the playground of the second most powerful man in England. Powerful men don’t usually...
Abbey in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: Visit Britain

History of Suffolk county’s architecture

The architecture of the county of Suffolk is a mix of colour and character, with timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks By Jenny Woolf Scattered around the flinty-grey churches of Suffolk,...
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The story of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

We bring you the story of the man behind the myth of St Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, who is celebrated each St Patrick’s Day St Patrick was a 5th century missionary who arrived in Ireland...

Who was David Livingstone?

We follow in the footsteps of the Scottish missionary, explorer and all-round Victorian hero, who fought to end the slave trade  There aren’t many ten-year-olds working in a cotton mill who would spend their first...

Upstairs Downstairs

We explore what relationships were really like between the upstairs and downstairs residents of Britain’s big houses In the new Downton Abbey film, veteran housekeeper Mrs Hughes is unequivocal in briefing staff: “I want every...
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How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens

Don’t be a Scrooge! Celebrate the spirit and former haunts of Charles Dickens, the Victorian author who shaped our vision of the modern festive season On the evening of October 5 1843, Charles Dickens took his...

Guy Fawkes: the man behind the guy

The effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned throughout Britain at this time of year, but how much do we really know of the famous Gunpowder Plot conspirator? The classic rhyme “Remember, remember the fifth of November" features one of...

Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War: Part II

Oliver Cromwell was quick to seize control after the shocking death of Charles I, but was he hero or villain? On January 30, 1649 48-year-old King Charles I said goodbye to his children at St...
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Hotel Indigo, Stratford upon Avon review

While house-hunting in 1597, William Shakespeare would have known the handsome pub opposite his New Place. The Falcon was not a five-minute walk from Shakespeare’s Birthplace and across the road from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. The world-class theatres built...
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Credit: Philip Sharp / Alamy

Northumberland Castles

Northumberland is home to more castles than any other English county. We travel to England’s northernmost region to hear tales of theft, murder and spooky apparitions Its location close to the Scottish border has meant...

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