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Aston Hall - Birmingham
Sir Thomas Holme commissioned the building of the
impressive Aston Hall in 1618. John Thorpe was the chosen architect and it took
17 years for the house and grounds to be completed, though Holme moved in in
1631. There were moments to regret, especially whe...
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Dinton Pastures Pleasure Park - Berkshire
Some parks go a step or two beyond the norm. That is what you will find at Dinton Pastures. Apart from the boating lakes and wildlife trails, plus the extensive play areas, there are also activities designed to suit all ages, from toddlers, through teens to...
Dinton Pastures Pleasure Park - Berkshire
Dinton Pastures Pleasure Park - Berkshire
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Chaddleworth - Berkshire
A few short miles from Brightwalton is the village of Chaddleworth, boasting a population of 500. There is little doubt that the village has Saxon origins. Claims that it might be even older have not be proved emphatically. The main focus in the village for...
Chaddleworth - Berkshire
Chaddleworth - Berkshire
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Brightwalton - Berkshire
Brightwalton does not warrant a day trip, but for anyone in the area it is worth a detour. The village is in two halves. The more modern half could not claim to be attractive, but the other end features a cluster of thatched cottages and an interesting chur...
Brightwalton - Berkshire
Brightwalton - Berkshire
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Hazelby House - Berkshire
Hazelby House is near the village of East Woodhay. It is in
Berkshire but is very close to the boundary with Hampshire. The house was built between 1900 and 1910 from a design by
Sir Reginald Theodore Blomfield for Captain Sandbach. Some 40 years ago the
ho...
Hazelby House - Berkshire
Hazelby House - Berkshire
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Caversham Court Gardens - Berkshire
Caversham Court is another of those places that fell foul of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. St Peter's Church was built during the 12th Century. A rectory was built alongside it, and following King Henry VIII's intervention it was gifted to Christ Chur...
Caversham Court Gardens - Berkshire
Caversham Court Gardens - Berkshire
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Houghton House - Bedfordshire
We rarely detour anywhere to take in ruins, but sometimes the history of a place makes the journey worthwhile. The Historic Houses Association tells us that Houghton House was built in the early 17th century by Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke. It was int...
Houghton House - Bedfordshire
Houghton House - Bedfordshire
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Wickham House - Berkshire
Wickham House in Newbury, Berkshire, looks nothing like its
original form. Originally a rectory was built on the site in the late 1700s. In
the mid 1800s the Rector was one William Nicholson, an Irishman of some
considerable wealth. First he totally rebuilt...
Wickham House - Berkshire
Wickham House - Berkshire
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West Woodhay House - Berkshire
The house is not open to the public, but the gardens are on
occasions, and then they are worth a visit. There was once a castle on the site, but there are no
remains whatsoever. A medieval manor was next to be built, and again, no trace
remains. The current...
West Woodhay House - Berkshire
West Woodhay House - Berkshire
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Welford Park - Berkshire
The area that is known as Welford Park has been occupied for
well over 1000 years. There was a monastic lodge that belonged to Abingdon
Abbey. This was usurped by King Henry VIII following the Dissolution of the
Monasteries. He put the manor to use as a hun...
Welford Park - Berkshire
Welford Park - Berkshire
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