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Britain January/February 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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

As we bid a firm farewell to 2020, we look ahead to a more hopeful year – one in which we’re looking forward to rediscovering some of our favourite haunts. In our two big features we celebrate parts of the country that couldn’t be more different. First, the wildly beautiful county of Northumberland, known for its mighty fortifications – over 70 castle sites, as well as the ancient Hadrian’s Wall (King of the castles, p14). Suitably fortified, we head down south to admire the cosy domestic architecture of Suffolk’s medieval wool towns, whose cottages list and lean into each other at charmingly crooked angles (Shear delight, p66). Elsewhere in the issue, we visit a certain London townhouse with a very famous black door (First among equals, p33); delve into the curious life…

2 min
your letters

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE At the end of 2019 I lost my wife of 52 years. We (she from California, and I from South Africa) met on a coach tour of England and Scotland, and married in London a year later, on her next trip. Since then we have made frequent trips back visiting most of England (with forays into Wales and Scotland) by car, train or coach, using BRITAIN for ideas. We usually find articles or photos of places we have been. The November issue [Vol 88 Issue 5] however seems a special tribute to her memory, with so many reminders – from a mention in a reader’s letter of Minster Lovell and the Old Swan to Windsor, which we often visited from London, Avebury, Chatsworth House, the Uffington White Horse and…

1 min
star letter in praise of hidden gems

We are typical tourists in some ways; visiting the biggest attractions like the Tower of London, Windsor and Castle Howard. However, we much prefer the smaller, unsung houses. In that light, I’d like to give a ringing endorsement to a house which captivated us like no other, Little Moreton Hall. We went on a beautiful fall day and were swept away. Beginning with the walk in over the moat, into the courtyard and then the chapel [pictured] and finally upstairs into the Long Gallery we spent hours happily examining every detail. The decorative woodwork outside and interior friezes are stunning but I could never get enough of gazing out of the ancient Tudor glass in those many windows and endeavoring to take photos from them. I’m writing today to reminisce but…

5 min
the bulletin

EXHIBITION Behind the bridge Though it’s one of the most recognisable landmarks in London, Tower Bridge has only been around for 126 years. A new exhibition, which will run until 4 April 2021, aims to celebrate how the people who work here today continue to make history through their stewardship of this iconic structure. The largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge (‘bascule’ meaning ‘seesaw’ in French) when it was built, its Engine Rooms will host Lives of a Landmark to share the stories of the people who make this such a special place to visit. The exhibition is included in standard admission tickets, so you can visit after crossing the Thames via the bridge’s glass-floored West Walkway. www.towerbridge.org.uk ART Child prodigy The coming-of-age story of one of Britain’s greatest portrait painters, Sir Thomas Lawrence, is…

1 min
reading corner

Faithful Witness edited by Robert Beaken (£30, SPCK Publishing). The diaries of the king's chaplain provide a ringside view of Edward VIII's abdication, George VI's coronation and more. Lady Charlotte Guest: The Exceptional Life of a Female Industrialist by Victoria Owens (£25, Pen & Sword History). How a pioneering Victorian businesswoman came to head the world's largest ironworks. Britain’s Forgotten Traitor: The Life and Death of a Nazi Spy by Ed Perkins (£20, Amberley). Was this Englishman, killed as a traitor, wrongly sent to the gallows? Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders Simnel, Warbeck and Warwick by Nathen Amin (£20, Amberley). A compelling account of the three pretenders to the Tudor throne, told for the first time. Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacey (£20, William Collins). Raised as close brothers, this book investigates how…

9 min
king of the castles

For escapees from the more crowded corners of this little island, one word encapsulates the allure of Northumberland above any other: space. From the rolling moors and deep wooded valleys of Northumberland National Park to the rugged cliffs and endless beaches of the coast, this is England at its most remote and elemental. England’s most sparsely populated county is a tranquil getaway today but etched across this ancient landscape are reminders of a turbulent past. Dozens of enigmatic Iron Age hillforts pepper the slopes of the Cheviot Hills, while a string of magnificent coastal castles testify to centuries of violent clashes between England and Scotland. It was on Northumbrian shores, too, that Viking hordes first set foot on English soil. Above all, there are the atmospheric remnants of Hadrian’s Wall, the monumental…