Tag Archives: Medieval Times

Sleepy Surrey’s Strongholds

Surrey’s charming countryside is surrounded by larger and more encroaching counties than itself- being Hampshire on the west, the Sussex counties along the southern border, Kent on the east and London and Berkshire northeast and northwest, respectively, with Windsor Castle … Continue reading

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West Somerset Strongholds

Somerset’s western sector, delineated by the M5, has quite a few castles of every variety plus, as you progress further west into the county, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one of the most beautiful national forests you may … Continue reading

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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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