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Quarrendon Leas

Quarrendon Leas

Buckinghamshire
Quarrenden Leas might not look like much now, but in 400 or so years ago, it was a village, with a moated manor house, a church, and an impressive owner, Sir Henry Lee, a member of Queen Elizabeth I's court. (more…)
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Old Gorhambury House

Old Gorhambury House

Hertfordshire
Old Gorhambury House in St Albans is most well-known for being the home of Sir Francis Bacon, politician and philosopher of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. It is now a ruin, lying in the grounds the new Gorhambury House, the current home of the Earl of Verulam. (more…)
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Temple Church

Bristol
Temple Church in Bristol is now a ruin, but its origins date back to medieval England, the Crusades, and the Knights Templar. (more…)
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Wrest Park

Wrest Park

Bedfordshire
The main attraction at Wrest Park is the extensive and historic gardens, that began their formal layout in Stuart times. The house itself was built in the 1830s, and visitors can see a few of the rooms inside. Wrest Park was home to the de Grey family for over 600 years. (more…)
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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Oxfordshire
This grand Baroque-style palace is well known for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. But did you know that it was a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough from Queen Anne and took 17 years to complete? (more…)
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Jordan Hill Roman Temple

Dorset
This Romano-Celtic temple at Jordan Hill in Weymouth dates back to the 4th century, towards the end of the Roman occupation of Britain. A pit for ritual offerings was found, suggesting that the Celtic religious practices of the area continued alongside the Roman ones. (more…)
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Grey’s Court

Grey’s Court

Oxfordshire
Grey's Court near Henley-on-Thames is a Tudor house built by Francis Knollys. He knocked down most of the medieval home that was there before, but you can still see a 14th century tower and wall, as well as explore the house and gardens. (more…)
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Lanhydrock

Cornwall
Lanhydrock is a Jacobean and Victorian Mansion in Bodmin, Cornwall. Originally built in the 1600s by Sir Richard Robartes, it was badly damaged in a fire in 1881, and then refurbished in a Victorian style by Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes. (more…)
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The Piece Hall

West Yorkshire
The Piece Hall in Halifax was built in Georgian times as a new market place for buying and selling woollen cloth. From 1871 to 1971 it had a new life as a wholesale food market, before becoming a tourist destination in 1976. (more…)
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South Hill Park

South Hill Park

Berkshire
South Hill Park in Bracknell has been an arts centre since 1973, but before that this estate had many owners, including Prime Minister George Canning. The house that stands today was remodelled over time, lastly by architect Temple Moore in the 1800s for then owner Arthur Divett Hayter. (more…)
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