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Britain September/October 2019

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

Britain is a place of traditions that date back many hundreds of years – just look at our unwavering attachment to the customary mid-afternoon cuppa. Our lead feature (House Rules, p14) delves into the centuries-old ceremonies integral to the Houses of Parliament – my favourite being the Beefeaters’ checking of the cellars for Gunpowder Plotters. Then there’s the country’s big houses (Upstairs Downstairs, p30), bastions of tradition whose strict hierarchy was never – or almost never – disturbed. Looking back further in time, we explore the age-old rites of the Anglo-Saxons ›Secrets of Sutton Hoo, p67), whose devotion to their king saw a ship full of treasure hauled up a river valley to his final resting place. Subverting all this adherence to tradition is Oliver Cromwell (Our Chief of Men, p41), Charles I’s nemesis,…

2 min
your letters

STAR LETTER COTTAGE TO CASTLE I was delighted to see a photograph of Stogursey Castle in your July magazine [Vol 87 Issue 3]. The picture was entitled “thatched cottage in Somerset’s Quantock Hills” but it is actually much more than that. The cottage is built between the two ruined guard towers and incorporates much of one of them, so the windows in the living room are the original arrow slit windows. Behind the cottage are the ruins of the walls, and the whole is surrounded by a moat. My husband and I spent a wonderful week there with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter from Victoria, Canada, when we were attending a family reunion in the Quantocks. We love receiving your magazine, as it brings back memories of some of the wonderful places…

3 min
the bulletin

ANNIVERSARY Behind closed doors Heritage Open Days – England’s largest festival of history and culture – is celebrating its 25th anniversary, with thousands of free events taking place from 13 to 22 September. Book onto a behind-the-scenes tour of the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre in Greenwich, London; take the rare chance to visit the spectacular Castle Howard Mausoleum in Yorkshire; explore Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, a remarkable survivor from Tudor times; or wander the romantic gardens of Warwickshire’s Packwood House. www.heritageopendays.org.uk EXHIBITION A touch of glass American artist Dale Chihuly’s glass creations in electric colours and convoluted forms are instantly recognisable. His pieces sit remarkably well alongside the lush landscapes of Kew Gardens, where his exhibition, Reflections on Nature, is now on display. Marvel at his stunning trail of blue glass flowers suspended…

2 min
champagne jelly

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook by Annie Gray (White Lion Publishing, £25), released in September, is full of delicious recipes from both above and below stairs. Ingredients: Serves 6 1 bottle (750ml) Champagne or other sparkling wine 2 envelopes (about 5 tsp) powdered gelatine or 8 gelatine sheets 2 tbsp water 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp (115g) sugarBerries and/or edible flowers (optional)Fresh mint leaves, for garnish Method: Put the Champagne bottle in the freezer 30 minutes before you start. In a small bowl, mix the gelatine with the water and let stand until softened, about 2 minutes. (If using gelatine sheets, put in a bowl, add cold water to cover, and let soak until floppy, 5-10 minutes.) Open the Champagne and pour ½ cup (120ml) into a small saucepan. Return the Champagne to the freezer…

1 min
reading corner

Britannia’s Glory: A Maritime Story by Maggie Ballinger (Unicorn, £25). The nation’s seafaring history is retold in memorable verse in this celebratory gift book. The Women Who Inspired London Art by Lucy M Peterson (Pen & Sword, £14.99). The intriguing story of women caught up in the tumultuous art scene of the early 20th century. Islandeering: Adventures Around the Edge of Britain’s Hidden Islands by Lisa Drewe (Wild Things Publishing, £16.99). Visit 50 of the UK’s most spectacular islands, from urban islets to offshore idylls. The Art of Prowling by Col GA Wade (Royal Armouries, £6.99). First published in the 1940s for the newly recruited British Home Guard, this rereleased guide is full of amusing tips. Moon Edinburgh, Glasgow & the Isle of Skye by Sally Coffey (Avalon Travel, £14.99). This new guide, penned…

8 min
house rules

If the walls of Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the predominantly Victorian Houses of Parliament, could talk, their 1,000-year tale would be epic in scope and unparalleled in incident. For, more than any other single building, its stone walls, dating from 1097, have borne witness to a millennium’s worth of nation-shaping events and played host to everyone who has ever been anyone in British politics. It is here that the fates of Guy Fawkes, William Wallace, Thomas More and Charles I were sealed, each tried and sentenced to death in this room. It is where Richard II was deposed; where King Henry VIII and later Elizabeth I’s coronation banquets were held; where George V, George VI, Winston Churchill and, most recently, the Queen Mother lay in state; and where the…