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Discover Britain June/July 2018

Celebrating the best of our nation, every issue of Discover Britain is packed with features from history to travel. Read about the events that changed history, as well as British traditions and their origins, or be inspired for your next trip with great ideas for where to go and what to see. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or an escape to the countryside, Discover Britain is your essential guide to getting the most out of your stay.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
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welcome!

The British coast is a wonderful place. In the last year, our shores have been increasingly regarded as a boundary, in the political sense at least, yet as a child I always thought the opposite was true. On annual family holidays to Cornwall, the coast felt like a place without limits; somewhere the sky opened out, the oceans stretched further than my tiny eyes could see, and the possibilities for adventure were endless. Coastal Jewels (p8) reveals 16 locations where that sense of wonder remains particularly acute. Elsewhere in our coastal special, I spoke to photographer Martin Parr (p26), who first made his name documenting the British seaside in the 1980s. His theory is that the beach is to Britain what the city street is to America: our natural habitat, a…

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letters

Shedding new light I am an 80-year-old widow who has lived in Australia for 23 years so it was lovely to read an item on Bisley [The Quiet Life, Issue 201], the village I emigrated from. The text about the hexagonal pedestal in the church [above] gave a slightly different account from the story told by my mother. She came from the neighbouring village of Chalford Hill and told me that in the Middle Ages, a young clergyman was appointed vicar of Bisley by the Pope. The pedestal was supposed to light the way through the churchyard so that strangers would not fall into the adjacent well. Someone forgot to light the candle, however, and the new vicar fell in and drowned. The Pope duly punished Bisley diocese, including making all services be…

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travel notes

CHANGING ROOMS What did early wallpaper look like? Experts renovating the interiors of Lindisfarne Castle on the Northumberland coast might have found the answer, after uncovering stylish flower motifs from the 17th century in the kitchen. It had been thought that the castle was solely used by soldiers guarding the Anglo-Scottish border before architect Sir Edwin Lutyens converted it into a holiday retreat for Country Life magazine founder Edward Hudson in 1903. The ‘wallpaper’, drawn in charcoal with areas of red pigment, suggests the castle might have had another use in its early days, too. The mystery deepens. Sections of the wall paintings will be on show when the castle reopens this spring after its £3 million renovation. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle LIFE THROUGH A LENS Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of…

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coastal jewels

Steve Pill charts a course around 16 gems found on the British coast For natural engineering feats… Durdle Door Lulworth, Dorset According to the Jurassic Coast Trust, the independent charity that manages the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Durdle Door was formed as a result of the same geological process that gave us the Alps. It is thought that when the African and European tectonic plates collided some 25 million years ago, the pressures not only created the central European mountain range but also rippled outwards to form more gentle rifts along the British coast. The frame of the Door is a hard limestone layer rising up from the English Channel between the resort towns of Swanage and Weymouth. Less resilient rock at the centre was eroded to create this most unlikely natural aperture at…

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local knowledge

Jeremy Gardiner, artist “I have been visiting Durdle Door for more than 50 years. The name ‘Durdle’ is derived from the Old English word ‘thirl’ meaning drill. When I painted this subject recently, I climbed up on top of the arch and looked down the coast to Bat’s Head. “The best time to visit is in January, on a cold, clear sunny day – there are very few people, so that is when I try to paint outdoors. I also like to visit Lulworth Cove nearby. I tell my kids there is a ‘Tree of Lost Children’ to stop them wandering off.” Jeremy’s Durdle Door painting features in Geology of Landscape (9 June to 7 July) at Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester. www.jeremygardiner.co.uk…

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heritage coast

The north Wales coast is a place of subtle pleasures. It may lack the dramatic peaks and ancient castles of the Snowdonia National Park to the west, and the urban buzz of Liverpool to the east, yet the 25-mile stretch between the estuaries of the rivers Conwy and Dee is dotted with fascinating heritage sites aligned on a perfect tourist trail – a golden thread that, with a little unpicking, reveals much about this under-appreciated corner of the world. The trail begins in Llandudno, a town that esteemed travel writer Bill Bryson named “my favourite of all seaside resorts” and remains the largest of its kind in Wales. Best viewed from Llandudno Bay beach, the sweep of grand Victorian houses and hotels along the promenade are painted in various jolly, pastel…

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