Tag Archives: Revival Medieval

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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Eighteenth Century Poetry

To other themes my fancy now inclines, Thoughts of the by-gone years, the olden times, When the strong castle in its lofty pride Frowned o’er the sleeping woods that stretched beside; Here the fierce Conqueror from his victory came, Here … 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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Autumn is Harvest Time

Put together enough of the right elements and you can improve everything by taking it in the context of this special time of year we call fall or autumn. To me, there is something more special about this season than … 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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Garrisoned Gateways of Gloucestershire

Welcome to the heart of the Cotswolds ! Surroundings of Gloucestershire include Wales’ Monmouthshire which borders the Forest of Dean. It is marked by the River Wye and Offa’s Dyke but Marcher lordship territory resided mainly within the counties of … Continue reading

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Woodstock Palace: Blenheim’s Royal Predecessor

The most legendary and historical part of Woodstock, a small town 8 miles northwest of Oxford, is located on the grounds of Blenheim Palace (you’ll find a separate entry on Blenheim in this blog’s February 2008 archives). Blenheim became the … Continue reading

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An Odyssey of Oxfordshire’s Southern Castles

Referred to by the English as the upper Thames Valley, Oxfordshire was a mining treasure for limestone and ironstone but the original architectural remainders of the middle ages are few- among them Minster Lovell, Stanton Harcourt and the almshouses at … Continue reading

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Warwickshire’s Wonderful Hotels

Warwickshire has a rich supply of wonderful hotels- so many of them, in fact, that I’m only going to touch on a few that were so extraordinary I had to show them off. Highlighting a castle hotel is my stock … Continue reading

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Heavenly Halls and Habitations of Herefordshire

Hereford’s distinction as the capital of the Saxon kingdom of West Mercia is an historical drawing card which still exhibits itself today as a primarily rural community with a cattle market still held there every Wednesday. The local history is … Continue reading

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