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BURROW MUMP

A natural hill rising out of the Somerset levels, with the ruins of a church, St Michael's, on top, giving the place an evocative feel. There was probably a castle on the site once. Burrow Mump also has possible associations with King Alfred, who hid in the marshes around nearby Athelney to escape the Danes.  It is now a war memorial, dedicated to all those from Somerset who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Post Code is for the nearby King Alfred pub. Small free car park at the foot of the hill.

A361
Burrowbridge
Somerset
TA7 0RB
Georgian
Willow and Wetland Visitor Centre. Glastonbury and Wells aren't far.
National Trust
CHIDING STONE

Block of smooth sandstone which allegedly (but probably not) gives the village of Chiddingstone its name and which has a mysterious past. One story is that it was used as a place of judgement in ancient times - hence 'chiding stone'. The village is a peach - most of the buildings are owned by the National Trust and are over 200 years old.

Chiddingstone is located on a minor road between Edenbridge and Tonbridge; the River Eden flows just to the north.

Chiddingstone
Nr Edenbridge
Kent
TN8 7AH
Prehistory
Chiddingstone's Chiding Stone
Chiddingstone Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle
National Trust
CROSSBONES GRAVEYARD

An urban garden of remembrance has been created on the site of Crossbones Graveyard, a burial place for paupers, prostitutes and the unwanted. It developed from a late medieval 'single women's churchyard' - a resting place for the 'Winchester Geese', prostitutes licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work in London's pleasure quarter, outside the confines of the City of London. The graveyard was closed on health grounds in 1853. An estimated 15,000 people are buried there in unmarked graves.

Staffed by volunteers, limited opening.

The post code is for the Boot & Flogger wine bar opposite.

Redcross Way
Borough
London
SE1 1TA
Georgian
Crossbones' website
Borough Market
Other
EXBURY GARDENS

Exbury Gardens were the creation of wealthy Victorian banker, Lionel Rothschild. There are 200 acres to explore, along the bank of the Beaulieu river in the New Forest. Exbury is famous for its rare trees and, in the spring, its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. There is also a 12.25 inch gauge railway to ride on, if you're so inclined.

You will find Exbury on a minor road south of the B3054 between Hythe and Beaulieu.

Exbury
Southampton
Hampshire
SO45 1AZ
Modern
Blooms and a mystery at Exbury Gardens
Exbury's website
Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum
Private - open to the public
GLASGOW NECROPOLIS

Glasgow's most famous Victorian cemetery contains 50,000 burials and an exotic array of memorials to those that could afford them. It is an intriguing place to visit, with great views over the city.

Castle Street
Glasgow
G4 0UZ
Victorian
A bit about the Glasgow Necropolis
Glasgow Cathedral
Local Authority
GLASTONBURY TOR

Glastonbury Tor is a magical place, with links to Celtic mythology and the legend of King Arthur. Some say this conical hill, rising from the Somerset levels, is the Isle of Avalon. Now topped with the roofless tower of 14th century St Michael's church, there is evidence of other structures on the site since at least the 5th century and it has been used by man since prehistoric times. The Tor has distinctive, but unexplained, terracing on it. The last abbot of Glastonbury Abbey and two of his fellow monks were executed on the summit in 1539.

Post code is approximate.  It is a walk to the top and there are no facilities.  Parking in Glastonbury, cross the A361 and follow the path from either Dod Lane or the bottom of Wellhouse Lane. You can take a circular route.

Near Glastonbury
Somerset
BA6 8YA
Dark Ages
A journey to Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Lake Village, Cadbury
National Trust
GREYFRIARS BOBBY

Small Victorian statue to the legendary dog that would not leave its master's grave.

Junction of Candlemakers Row and King George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 2QE
Victorian
The spine-tingling tale of Greyfriars Bobby
Opposite the National Museum of Scotland
Local Authority
LONDON STONE (The)

Nondescript looking piece of limestone, of unknown origin or purpose, but which had some particular meaning in medieval times.  Possibly Roman. Not worth making a special trip unless you're a real enthusiast.

Note that as of 2016 current information is that the stone has temporarily been moved to the Museum of London.

111 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 5AR
All
The London Stone
Opposite Cannon Street Station
Local Authority
NANCY’S STEPS

Steps associated with the fictional murder of Nancy in Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist'

London Bridge
South Bank
West side
London
SE1
Victorian
Nancy's Steps
London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral
Local Authority
PORTMEIRION

Portmeirion is a fantasy village in North Wales created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925-1976. It has no other purpose than as a place of enjoyment, where you can just wander about, have something to eat, attend an event, or stay. There is an Italian feel to the village, which has mostly been constructed from scratch but which also includes structures moved from other locations. It was made famous as the setting for the 1960s TV series, 'The Prisoner'.

Note - dogs are not welcome, except guide dogs.  Children are allowed in, though.

Minffordd
Penrhyndeudraeth
Gwynedd
LL48 6ET
Modern
Portmeirion
Portmeirion's website
Porthmadog, Snowdonia
Independent