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British Heritage Travel

July - August 2021
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Whether you have a passion for Britain's ancient history, its great historical figures, the royals or the wonderful tourist attractions and hidden gems of the British Isles, British Heritage Travel has it all. Plan your next trip to Britain or revel in its amazing history - British Heritage Travel brings you everything you need to know about this great country through insightful writings and wonderful photography.

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editor’s note

Hello and welcome to the July/August issue of British Heritage Travel. As an air of positivity descends on the world and possibilities seem ripe again, we're looking to the positive in this issue and traveling far and wide across our great island. Dana Huntley shines a light on Britain’s face to Europe as he explores the southern coast and its most recognisable attractions. Sandra Lawrence sits down with John Hilary, whose family have owned the National Trust-run Nymans since 1890. In keeping with the theme of summer, we also look at five more of Britain’s most beautiful gardens. Sian Ellis explores the Warwickshire villages associated with William Shakespeare, while Susie Kearley discovers a host of attractions in the Berskshire countryside. We also look at some of Britain’s most infamous celebrities and our long and…

6 min.
10 history-changing battlefields

With 2,000 years of recorded history, you do not have to travel far anywhere on our island to stumble across the site of a battle or skirmish of some sort. Wars of national identity, dynasty, invasion, conquest and treaty have left their mark on the land and created the Great Britain we know today. Here are ten of the historically important battles, where had the outcome been different so might be today’s United Kingdom. 1 HASTINGS, KENT 14 OCTOBER, 1066 If there is one date every British schoolchild learns, it is 1066, when the mercenary army of William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, defeated the Saxon army of King Harold and seized the throne of England. Harold had just defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Stamford Bridge when he heard of…

6 min.
shakespeare’s villages

Mention William Shakespeare and people usually think of his birthplace, Stratford-up-on-Avon. However, for several generations his ancestors, on both sides of the family, were Warwickshire farmers in and around the Forest of Arden a little way to the north. No wonder that (unlike most of his university-educated contemporaries) the Bard filled his plays with colourful rural imagery, animals, flowers and trees, influenced by his own childhood experiences. Beginning and ending in Stratford, this leisurely tour into Shakespeare’s secret past is a "midsummer’s dream" of quaint Warwickshire villages, Tudor pubs and gentle countryside. The route is circa 28 miles and can be driven in little more than an hour but with selected stops at attractions it makes a lovely full day out. Driving northeast from Stratford, along the B4086, you soon come to…

7 min.
england’s musical celebrities through the ages

Our BHT March-April issue introduced five now legendary musical acts of the 20th century that made a mighty impact upon Britain, from Vera Lynn (who died last June at the age of 103) to David Bowie. Musical celebrities are hardly a new phenomenon. English history has had many musicians who have earned fame and made their mark. How celebrity has been defined and recognized, however, has changed considerably over the centuries. In days of old, when knights were bold and spent most of their time in castles, those long winter evenings in the Great Hall could really drag on. No video or television; even bridge and canasta had not been invented. A bright spot for any evening’s company was the presence of an itinerant minstrel to provide live entertainment. Accompanying himself, probably…

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check out more of the story

Handel House Museum 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London See the townhouse home Handel bought, in 1723, and lived in until his death, in 1759. Here he composed almost all of his most famous works, with a harpsichord and small organ, surrounded by his extensive art collection. In rare coincidence, in the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix lived next door – separated by a partition and a musical chasm. Check on opening times to each at www.handelhendrix.org The Savoy Theatre The Strand, London Next door to the Savoy Hotel, on the Strand, the Savoy Theatre remains a historic jewel among West End theatres. When D’Oyly Carte opened it in 1881, the theatre was the first public building in the world to be lit by electricity. Do see a production there if you can. www.thesavoytheatre.com The Beatles Story…

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out laws on the border

According to historian and biographer Graham Robb, the border between Scotland and England is probably the oldest national land boundary in Europe, barely changed since William Rufus, son of the Conqueror, incorporated Cumbria as an English colony, in 1092. The route marches towards the North Sea along the watershed of the Cheviot hills and the valley of the Tweed, a diagonal that strikes north-east from the Solway Firth until it reaches the cold waters just above Berwick. It is a political boundary that looks as though nature intended it, for most of the way. However, at its western end, confusion reigned for more than three hundred years in a way that is unimaginable today. The boundary split into two to encircle an area of 50 square miles that belonged to neither…