Tag Archives: Medieval Times

Southern Somerset Strongholds and their Gardens

The sage enchanter Merlin’s subtle schemes; The feats of Arthur and his knightly peers; Of Arthur, who, to upper light restored, With that terrific sword Which yet he brandishes for future war, Shall lift his country’s fame above the polar … Continue reading

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Bath’s Battlements, Bishops and … Baths

Only a mutilated gateway survives from the medieval city wall which surrounded Bath and the Bishop’s Palace there but in the 18th century Bath became a fashionable spa town thanks to the promotions of Richard ‘Beau’ Nash. The Roman Baths … Continue reading

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Somerset Strongholds

Somerset, the gateway to the west country, is a county of contrasts and abounds with genuine castle hotels, castellated follies and the actual (and factual) location of Camelot! If you do a thorough investigation, you will find sandy beaches at … Continue reading

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Exploring Bristol’s Northwest Somerset

If you find the junction of four separate counties at the Gloucestershire/Somerset border a bit strange and unnecessary, you’ve got a lot of company. For twenty-two years, from 1974 to 1996, an area formed from portions of the historic counties … Continue reading

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The Bombardment of Bristol Castle and City

Readers will have to forgive me for not having mentioned this previously but it bears taking careful note because I understand that many of you navigate my county-by-county England tours more often by auto rather than by train or bus. … Continue reading

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Florinda and Yoringal

A Bros. Grimm fairy tale has typical elements of castles, witches and magic spells but quite a few, in the original German, were much darker and gruesome than would have been considered appropriate for children in the past or even … Continue reading

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The Mountain Castle

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1748-1832) THERE stands on yonder high mountain A castle built of yore, Where once lurked horse and horseman In rear of gate and of door. Now door and gate are in ashes, And all around is … Continue reading

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Gloucestershire’s Grand Castle Hotels

There are two castle hotels within Gloucestershire’s boundaries which serve their respective areas very well. One, Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire, is a genuine late medieval castle which once accommodated Henry VIII and there is Clearwell Castle, in the Forest … Continue reading

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Castles in the Forest of Dean

The loveliest and most enigmatic area of Gloucestershire, the Royal Forest of Dean, is wonderful to visit just about any time but is especially stunning in Spring and Autumn when everything is renewing or changing before winter. There is a … Continue reading

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North Gloucestershire Glories

There are faint remnants of motte and baileys throughout Gloucestershire which do not concern most people except for the possible history attached to these apparitions and only a few of those converted to stone castles have substantially visible remains. Many … Continue reading

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