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Scintillating Scilly Isles featuring Star Castle

and other Strongholds Historically, the Scilly Isles were used by pirates and ancient mariners for clandestine respites but even before, in more ancient times, Greek and Roman literature alike referenced the Scillies in myth and legend. The Celtic people professed … Continue reading

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Heavenly Hills, Dales and Castles of West Hertfordshire

Tiny Hertfordshire is rife with a network of highways coursing through its primarily rural landscape boasting of over 90 towns and villages. Proximity to suburban East London doesn’t quite encroach, although Berkhamsted Castle once held a strategic position on the … Continue reading

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Odyssey of North Oxfordshire Manors and Halls

Oxfordshire is rife with early stone houses- being part of the Cotswolds. There is a wealth of styles of architecture from all eras, each with its own unique features and history. Also, several of England’s best architects made Oxfordshire their … Continue reading

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An Odyssey of Oxford and Oxfordshire’s Northern Castles

The town of Oxford boasts the only surviving Norman stone castle in Oxfordshire which I wrote about back in May of 2009. It was already fortified before the Norman Conquest and William the Conqueror established both castle and wall by … Continue reading

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Warwickshire Wonderlands of the North, Part Three

In the northernmost portion of Warwickshire, Arbury Hall, a short distance southwest of Nuneaton, was once an Augustinian Priory seated in what today is a hundred acres of dense landscaped woodlands with gardens, lakes and splendid walkways. It is quite … Continue reading

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Heavenly Hills and Castles of South Herefordshire

Some castles existed in Herefordshire well before the Norman Conquest and Edward the Confessor was the fiercest guard of the southern portion of both sides of the English/Welsh border in history. Ewyas Harold and Richard’s Castle¬†are two of his own … Continue reading

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