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Britain May - June 2016

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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editor's letter

This issue we’ve discovered that, much like buses, sometimes you can wait a very long time for an anniversary of note only for three to come along at once. First up is the 400th anniversary of the death of our greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, which we mark in The Bard’s Britain (p22), by exploring the places referenced in his plays and separating fact from fiction.This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë and to celebrate we bring you some of the cosiest boltholes in the writer’s homeland of Yorkshire in Escape to Brontë Country (p35).But perhaps most excitingly of all, in 2016 our reigning monarch, HM The Queen, celebrates her 90th birthday and we couldn’t let the occasion go by without fanfare so make sure…

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medieval meanderings

The substantial ruin of 14th-century Bodiam Castle is one of Sussexs top attractionsThe stunning Seven Sisters cliffs in East SussexSussex is best known for its soaring chalk cliffs, rolling downland and bustling seaside resorts. Yet this county – so close to London – is peppered with some of the finest medieval buildings in England. Historically, Sussex was densely wooded and these historic houses, castles and churches still need seeking out down picturesque lanes.Once William of Normandy had landed in Sussex he quickly started to fortify his newly conquered kingdom. Castles were constructed on prominent hilltops and to protect vulnerable river estuaries. Today the scant remains of Hastings Castle stand like broken teeth on their windy clifftop, while the historic town of Lewes is still dominated by its tall keep built…

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the planner

Amberley Castle is now a luxury hotelGETTING THERESussex is well served by trains from London. The main lines serve Hastings, Brighton and Chichester. You may like to base yourself in two separate places during your visit as the county spans 90 miles from east to west. www.trainline.comWEALD & DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUMThis collection of rescued rural buildings – recreated to represent different periods from 950 years of history – spans 40 acres, and as well as a new visitor centre planned for 2017, an Anglo-Saxon hall house will open in October, which promises to be a worthy new attraction.www.wealddown.co.ukAMBERLEY CASTLEThis 900-year-old castle, enclosed by a 60-foot-high curtain wall and portcullis that remains open, is now a hotel with luxuriously appointed rooms – some with four-poster beds.www.amberleycastle.co.ukLOXWOOD JOUSTThis medieval-themed festival, held…

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the bulletin

NEWSTrue blueThis year the London blue plaque scheme that links the people of the past with the buildings of the present marks its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1866 and now run by English Heritage, the scheme boasts more than 900 plaques in the capital on buildings humble and grand, which honour the notable (and occasionally notorious) men and women who have lived or worked in them.There are eight new recipients of blue plaques this year, including playwright Samuel Beckett, film star Ava Gardner, musician Freddie Mercury and comedian Tommy Cooper.London’s first blue plaque was awarded to the poet Lord Byron in 1867 on his house in Holles Street, Cavendish Square, but the house was demolished in 1889. The earliest surviving blue plaque is on Napoleon III’s former home at 1C…

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reading corner

First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell (Aurum, £9.99) The biographer sheds new light on the story of a woman attempting to maintain her identity while serving as adviser to her husband. Richmond Park: From Medieval Pasture to Royal Park by Paul Rabbits (Amberley, £9.99) This up-to-date history book explores the fascinating story of London’s biggest and possibly oldest royal park. The London Treasury by Lucinda Hawksley (Andre Deutsch, £9.99) This easy-to-digest collection of cultural and historical insights is a bitesize way to verse yourself in the capital’s past and present. Houses: Pevsner Architectural Guides (Yale University Press, £12.99) This great pocket guide is a stylish introduction to the architecture of the country’s beautiful homes. The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House 1918-1939…

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the bard’s britain

“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” Shakespeare could hardly have known for sure whether King Richard III really did utter those words at Bosworth Field when he included them in his play, Richard III.The battle, Richard’s doomed swansong fought south of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, was real enough. However, in the confusion of conflict, accuracy is harder to come by: Shakespeare does not help (not least through his favouritism towards Henry). For example, contemporary accounts suggest that Richard’s crown was found in a thorn bush; Shakespeare, however, has Stanley seize it “… from the dead temples of this bloody wretch”.What we do know, though, is that at the time of the battle in 1485, the battlefield was open land with a hint of marsh. It’s little changed,…

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