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Britain May/June 2017

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, we’ve explored relatively unknown territory in England’s heartland and discovered secret Tudor palaces and manor houses, each with their own story to tell, that deserve every bit of recognition as those on the more travelled path. Read all about these hidden treasures in On the Tudor Trail (p14). As it’s now officially spring, we sent one of our trusted writers for a walk along the picturesque Cotswold Way. You can follow his journey as he passes through quaint villages and impossibly gorgeous countryside (plus one or two pubs) in The Prettiest Path (p24). If it’s history you’re after then you’ll love The Secret Lives of the Georgians (p53), where we delve into the private letters of King George III to discover another side to the monarch labelled ‘mad’. Finally, if you…

2 min
your letters

NARNIA DISCOVERED I was thrilled to see an article on CS Lewis and Narnia in the latest issue of Britain (Volume 85, Issue 2). I am a huge fan of his writings, and I’m working on a collection of his first editions, to include six of the seven Chronicles of Narnia so far. As a fan, I’ve made sure to visit the Kilns and Magdalen College at Oxford, and I’ve read much about his life in England. Thank you so much for highlighting the much less discussed Irish influence on Lewis and his timeless stories. I learned plenty of new information with this engaging article. Jared Detter, Santa Maria, CA, US A HUNGER FOR BRITISH TRAVEL With the aid of BRITAIN’s back issues, we planned a return to England last September after enjoying a…

1 min
canterbury tales

My husband Maurice, aged 96, has failing eyesight and resides in an Aged Care Home. He enjoys me reading him BRITAIN from cover to cover and found the article on the BBC fascinating, having as a young navigator in the RAF in WWII been allowed to broadcast a message to his parents in what was then Rhodesia. However, we really enjoyed the article on Canterbury (Volume 85, Issue 1). In 1996 we were living in Zimbabwe but we visited Canterbury where our daughter had bought a house with a plaque outside stating 1886. We attended services in the magnificent cathedral and in a month we explored the many nearby picturesque treasures. Now we live in Australia and are old but we have our memories of Canterbury still alive in our hearts. Once…

5 min
the bulletin

ANNIVERSARY Diana, Princess of Wales August 2017 marks 20 years since the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales. To commemorate the adored princess, Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire, the family home of the Spencers since 1508 and the final resting place of the late princess, will host Diana, Princess of Wales (1 May to 8 October), a photographic exhibition of her final official portraits. Held in the exhibition rooms of the Grade I-listed Stables at Althorp, the exhibition will showcase 15 stunning images of the princess shot in 1997 by internationally renowned photographer Mario Testino for Vanity Fair, as well as a selection of remembrances of Diana’s legacy and her charitable works. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the regular Althorp ticket price. www.spencerofalthorp.com HISTORY Domesday display Lincoln Castle, built by William the Conqueror in…

1 min
reading corner

Arthur and the Kings of Britain: the historical truth behind the myths by Miles Russell (£20, Amberley Publishing) Explore the historical accuracy of the medieval bestseller, The Historia. I Never Knew That About England’s Country Churches by Christopher Winn (£8.99, Ebury Press) Discover the hidden stories and forgotten pasts of England's many county churches. Insider London by Rachel Felder (£16.99, Harper Collins) A lovely guide to more than 200 London destinations, including stylish shops, restaurants, and cultural experiences. The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman (£9.99, Hodder Paperbacks) All the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. The Really Quite Good British Cookbook edited by William Sitwell (£25, Nourish Books) 100 of Britain's finest chefs and food heroes share their favourite recipes.…

6 min
on the tudor trail

Though his daughter Elizabeth’s annual progresses may have been better documented, King Henry VIII also embarked on a royal progress each summer to escape the heat in London, which would cause the smell from the already pungent open sewers to become unbearable. For the king, this exodus from the capital was a chance to flaunt his kingship as he stayed with courtiers along the route, who would virtually bankrupt themselves by going to extreme measures to ensure their homes were fit for royal guests and their entourage (which went into the thousands). It was during Henry’s Great Progress of 1541 – in which the progress took the king all the way from London to York – that he stopped off at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. Henry had granted Grimsthorpe Castle to William Willoughby,…