Feature Stories and Columns
Ironmasters of Wales
“The side of the mountain had dissolved into a single fire; a maze of individual furnaces that blended their flames into an orbit, and along the flaming rim of the cauldron the stone cottages of the workers withered and shrank into strange shapes.”
“A journey into Sir Walter Scott’s imagination.” That is how Jason Dyer, chief executive of the Abbotsford Trust, describes a visit to Scott’s home near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Scott himself described Abbotsford as “Conundrum Castle” and it has rather unfairly been described as his “finest historical novel.”
Mists Over Glastonbury
Have more spiritual claims and legends attached to Glastonbury than any other place in England?
Lizzie Bennet Tours the Peaks
THERE ARE two famous shots in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. One involves the then unknown Colin Firth, a wet chemise, breeches and riding boots. The other is far more evocative, when Jennifer Ehle, as Elizabeth Bennet, stands on the great rocks of what is now the Peak District National Park, contemplating the prospect of an awkward visit the next day.
Expedition to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands
IT’S A TRANQUIL SCENE—clear blue sky, lush green grass, waves gently breaking on the shore in the sheltered bay. We’re told that England’s first monks liked to form monastic communities away from other settlements to aid their quiet contemplation, but surely they were also attracted by the beautiful landscape around them on Lindisfarne.
Haltwhistle: Still the Center of Britain
In the heart of Roman Wall Country, the Northumbrian market town bristles with pride
Home Port: Where English Maritime History Berths Up for Fun
For many visitors Portsmouth has got it all. Best of all, whether for a day trip or overnight excursion from London, the small city is easily accessible by train from London. Drive down in a couple of hours, or catch a train from Victoria Station hourly for the 90-minute ride through Hampshire to Portsmouth Harbour.
Marches Market Town: Where Food Is King
Morsels of Spanish tapas tempt among many ethnic and national cuisines in Ludlow.
Chepstow and the Little Church in the Vale
“QUEEN SELLS CHURCH FOR £1” is one of the more curious newspaper headlines of recent times. All the more so because the chapel in question is just a short jaunt from two of South Wales’ most charismatic medieval attractions, Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.
The Weird Suffolk Coast
Things are a bit weird on the Suffolk coast. Consider pretty Thorpeness for example. A few years ago, Bizarre magazine, whose name tells you all need to know about that publication, voted this the Weirdest Village in England.