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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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Sonorous Sudeley Castle

Thy sun is set, thy battlements are fallen, And sunk to ruin thy baronial hall, Once far-famed Sudeley! Waves the cross no more On thy reft towers; nor grins the leopard rude His feudal fierceness on thy tumbling roof. Sir … 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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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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Richard III- Breakthrough Discovery

When I started this blog one of my first entries was on Richard III and his official castle in the North- Middleham. If you refer back to the February 2006 article you’ll see what my opinion on his character and … Continue reading

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Warwickshire’s Wonderful Medieval Walls and Watchtowers South, Part Four

South Warwickshire has two distinct areas- southeast and southwest and most of the castles are in ruins or vanished. However, impressively sized former castle sites are legendary in England and this county has many of them. Medieval historical sites help … Continue reading

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Warwickshire’s Wonderful Medieval Walls and Watchtowers North, Part Three

Warwickshire’s modern borders outline an interesting shape like that of a cornucopia from outer space. That is so apt for what you will find within its area. Google Earth does not reveal that it is surrounded by quite a few … Continue reading

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The Search for Medieval Manchester and Birmingham…

At times I have been a little hasty when covering large metropolises of England. Last year my West Midlands entry was a bit brief on Birmingham but I have discovered a few castles and medieval structures in the area, along … Continue reading

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Heavenly Hills and Castles of North Herefordshire

Resistance strategy was a complicated affair of invasions between Wales and England during the time of the Welsh Marches on both sides. In the northwest portion of Herefordshire, Burford Barony mixed with the Welsh, as well. We are quite fortunate … Continue reading

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