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Britain

Britain

July/August 2021

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
on the mitford trail

The new adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love, which draws heavily on her own upbringing, can now be seen on BBC One in the UK and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada and Australia. Asthall Manor Asthall is privately owned and closed to the public, but the gardens open occasionally. The house is also home to the acclaimed sculpture biennial ‘on form’, which will next take place in June 2022. www.asthallmanor.com Swinbrook The village of Swinbrook, little more than a mile from Asthall, is where Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity and their parents are buried, in the churchyard of St Mary’s. Swinbrook House is privately owned but the Swan Inn in the village was once owned by Debo and is still in the hands of…

2 min
old-fashioned sponge cake with summer berries and homemade jam

Use the weight of the eggs to determine that of the flour, brown sugar and butter Sea & Shore: Recipes and Stories from a Kitchen in Cornwall (Hardie Grant, £26) is an invitation into the cupboards and local coves that make up Cornish chef Emily Scott’s life and work. This classic sponge cake is filled with gooseberry jam, the recipe for which is in the book, so may need to be replaced with the next best thing from your own larder! Ingredients: INGREDIENTS: SERVES 8–10 4 medium eggs, weighed in their shellsequivalent quantity of unsalted butterequivalent quantity of soft brown sugarequivalent quantity of self-raising flourHomemade gooseberry harvest jam (or equivalent)1 punnet of fresh seasonal berries, washed and slicedIcing (confectioner’s) sugar, for dustingSprigs of fresh mint or borage flowers, to decorate Method: Preheat the oven to 180°C…

7 min
the merry monarch & the man

On Saturday 6 September 1651 a weary fugitive, disguised in rustic clothing, hid in an oak tree at Boscobel in Shropshire and watched as soldiers scoured the woodland beneath him. By nightfall the way was clear and he sought shelter in the nearby timber-framed hunting lodge. Here he dined on chicken courtesy of the Penderel family, simple, trustworthy Catholic folk, and he slept in a secret priest hole. The fugitive was Charles Stuart, son of King Charles I whose squabbles with Parliament over money, religion and power had escalated into Civil War. After his father was beheaded in January 1649 and the new Parliament abolished the monarchy, Charles junior had done a deal with the Scots, was crowned at Scone (Perth) in January 1651, and later marched into England with a…

7 min
the power of the portrait

As displays of royal power go, jewellery, ships, armies, colonies and palaces have their place but perhaps it is portraits that are the ultimate tool – both status symbol and personal publicist. Having a painting of oneself is a regal rite of passage, a tradition that has been upheld generation after generation for some 500 years. Beyond demonstrating money and rank – and capturing a likeness – portraits became a way to shape how monarchs were perceived by their public. “From their very origins, royal portraits have served different functions and have been adapted to meet particular needs,” says Kristian Martin, co-curator of the exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits at London’s National Maritime Museum in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. “Royal portraits were used as diplomatic gifts where they clearly…

2 min
washington old hall

Somewhere, in an alternative universe, there is a capital city of an alternative USA called Hertburn D.C. In that ‘other’ world, in the year 1180, William de Hertburn did not swap his portion of land at Stockton, Country Durham, for another estate nearby and never changed his name to ‘de Wessyngton’, so his descendant ‘George Hertburn’ became the first president of the United States. In our universe, however, William did change his name and, several iterations later, his descendant George Washington became one of the most revered men in history. Traces of William de Wessyngton’s home remain at Washington Old Hall. He would recognise, for example, the pointed arches in the Great Hall. Most of the house, however, dates to the 17th century, when another descendant sold the property to the…

1 min
a humble home

Scottish missionary, doctor and explorer, David Livingstone was also a lifelong anti-slavery campaigner. Now, following a £9.1m regeneration programme, his international legacy has the space and sophistication it deserves at the David Livingstone Birthplace in South Lanarkshire. Located on the site of the Blantyre Works Mill, the complex, which is set to reopen this summer, features a brand-new exhibition space in the Shuttle Row tenements where Livingstone was born and raised. The many items on display include the books he used to educate himself as a young boy at the mill. www.david-livingstone-birthplace.org PHOTOS: © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2021/ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST/DAVID LIVINGSTONE BIRTHPLACE/IAIN DOUGLAS…