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Britain March/April 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
$9.11(Incl. tax)
$36.50(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

This issue is very much one of anniversaries. On the Yorkshire coast they’re celebrating 250 since a local man set off on the first of his ambitious voyages of discovery. Read about James Cook’s adventures, plus the towns and villages of his youth in Captain Cook Country (p14). Another man worth celebrating this year is Humphry Repton: the man tasked with transforming the grounds of many of our splendid stately homes in the 18th century. In English Country Gardens (p29), we visit some of the most stunning examples of his work, 200 years after his death. Our history piece, The Rise & Fall of Raleigh (p67), charts the meteoric rise in fortune and subsequent fall from grace of one of Elizabethan England’s most divisive characters, 400 years after he was executed. But perhaps…

1 min
your letters

MEMORIES OF SUSSEX My love of Pooh Bear began in high school – my boyfriend (now my husband of 43 years) even called me ‘Pooh’ when we were dating. When we married, my husband was in the Air Force and we were fortunate enough to spend two years living in England, which is when I became an Anglophile and fell in love with all things British. When we were visiting in September 1999, we went to visit the Ashdown Forest area and played Poohsticks on Poohsticks Bridge, visited the house Christopher Robin lived in and shopped in the Pooh Corner gift shop. Thank you for the memories in your January issue (Volume 85, Issue 6) and for feeding my Anglophile habit on a regular basis. Jan Reinhart, Clio, MI, USA THE RIDDLE OF RUBENS In June…

1 min
star letter long-lost longford

I’ve been working on my family tree for years and was amazed to find an article in Volume 86, Issue 1 on Longford Castle. Sir Thomas Gorges and his wife, Elin Snakenborg, are my 14x great-grandparents. History is more than an accumulation of dates and places, and seeing for the first time a home that they actually lived in is wonderful. My husband and I are planning a trip back to England (we honeymooned in Britain for three months in 2014) and can’t wait to see Longford ourselves. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. I’ve been a reader of BRITAIN since the 1970s and have found something in each edition worthy of tearing out and referring to. Mrs Lee M Garre, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA Our star letter wins two games from heritage…

5 min
the bulletin

ROYAL FAMILY The wedding of the year If there’s one date that should be marked indelibly in your diary this year, it’s Saturday 19 May. In what promises to be the royal wedding of the year, Prince Harry is to marry Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, the weekend home of Harry’s grandparents, HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The chapel seats 800 guests, making it a more intimate venue than London’s Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in April 2011, but it is equally rich in history and just as iconic. Details for the ceremony and reception are under wraps, but the wedding will almost certainly be televised, in case an invitation doesn’t reach you in time. Congratulations to…

1 min
reading corner

The Tudor Kitchen: What the Tudors Ate & Drank by Terry Breverton (Amberley Publishing, £9.99) Read about authentic 15th-century dishes, from wild boar and peacock to plain old macaroni cheese. Lady Fanshawe's Receipt Book by Lucy Moore (Atlantic Books, £20) The life of a Royalist diplomat during the English Civil War, told through her recipes and remedies. Wallis in Love: The untold true passion of the Duchess of Windsor by Andrew Morton (Michael O’Mara, £20) A compelling portrait of the American socialite drawing on her private diaries. A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara (OUP, £18.99) Discover the lives of female doctors and scientists during the First World War, including Ray Strachey, Virginia Woolf's sister-in-law Designing English: Early Literature on the Page by Daniel Wakelin (Bodleian Library, £30) A lovely illustrated swish through…

6 min
captain cook country

One day in 1746 a 17-year-old youth arrived in Whitby on the Yorkshire coast to be apprenticed to a master mariner engaged in the coal trade between the North East and London. You can visit the mariner’s handsome white harbour-side house where the young man lodged when not at sea, and where he studied by candlelight deep into the night in the attic. The youth was none other than James Cook (1728-1779), who would go on to join the Royal Navy and make three epic voyages that radically altered perceptions of world geography, set new standards in map-making and placed him among the world’s greatest navigators. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the beginning of Cook’s first pioneering journey, during which he crossed the then almost uncharted Pacific, circumnavigated New Zealand…