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Arnside, Cumbria

Arnside was a tiny fishing village until it grew as a holiday destination in Victorian times. It is located on the estuary of the River Kent on the north-eastern corner of Morecambe Bay, within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is predominantly residential. There's a small pier, a collection of shops and cafes, a couple of pubs and easy walks along a modest promenade with lovely views of the Cumbrian mountains. The tides at Arnside go out a long way, and turn very quickly creating a tidal bore when the water floods back. It is also highly dangerous to venture onto the sands. Nearby Arnside Knott, a limestone hill, provides woodland and open hillside walks and is famous for its views over Morecambe Bay - and its butterflies and flowers. On the Silverdale side of Arnside Knott is Arnside Tower, a Pele tower built as a defence against border (Scottish) raiders. The railway (Furness Line) between Lancaster and Carlisle via Barrow-in-Furness crosses the River Kent via the Arnside viaduct.

Location/Address: Arnside
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA5 0HE
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Arnside online website
Tip/Nearby: Arnside Knott, Levens Hall, Carnforth, Kendal
Primary Management: Local Authority

Very small, attractive, village between Daventry and Rugby. The Jacobean manor was owned by the Catesby family and the gatehouse is famous for being the place where the Gunpowder Plot was planned (neither the gatehouse nor the manor is open to the public). There is a wonderful medieval church, dedicated to St Leodegarius, a pub (the Olde Coach House) and a series of estate workers' cottages designed by Lutyens.

NB Warning notice that village website may be hacked, hence the link has not been included here.

County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: CV23 8UN
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: Terror plot planned in peaceful village
Tip/Nearby: Off the A361 between Kilsby and Daventry
Primary Management: Local Authority
The Rebel Tree in Clifton

The Battle of Clifton Moor took place on 18 December 1745 and was, many believe, the last battle on English soil. It depends on your definition of ‘battle’. The rumpus at Clifton Moor was more of a skirmish and formed part of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, which culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The rebel Jacobite army was retreating from Derby and its rearguard met up with an advance part of the Government army that was in pursuit. 10 Government troops were killed and 12 rebels. The action delayed the Government force and facilitated the Jacobite retreat. There are a number of points of interest in the village of Clifton. Firstly, the Rebel Tree in the south part of the village marks the possible site of the fighting and is the traditional burial place of the Jacobites. There is a small plaque underneath the tree which, until fairly recently, was surrounded by fields; it is now surrounded by a small residential estate. Across the road, opposite the George and Dragon pub, is the Kelter Well – an old village well where someone has placed another memorial plaque to the battle. A memorial stone in St Cuthbert’s churchyard (north end of the village) marks the burial place of the Government soldiers. The cottage where the Duke of Cumberland spent the night is still there.

Location/Address: Clifton
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2ER
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: St Cuthbert's Church and Clifton Hall, both in the village. Eamont Bridge has prehistoric remains. Brougham Castle and Penrith nearby also.
Primary Management: Local Authority

Bosham is a small, attractive, village on the side of an inlet in Chichester Harbour and beloved of yachtspeople. It is an ancient place, and apparently the (contested) location for King Cnut's encounter with the waves. There is a lovely church, a craft centre, tea shops and a couple of nice pubs.

Situated off the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth.

Location/Address: Near Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 8HX
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Bosham, Cnut, the king's daughter and Harold
Useful Website Address: Bosham village website
Tip/Nearby: Chichester. The foreshore gets flooded at high tide - best not leave your car there.
Primary Management: Local Authority

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.

Location/Address: Chiddingstone
Nr Edenbridge
County: Kent
Post Code: TN8 7AH
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Chiddingstone's Chiding Stone
Tip/Nearby: Chiddingstone Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle
Primary Management: National Trust

Dent is an attractive village of cobbled streets in beautiful rural Dentdale, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It has a history of self-contained independence, with roots possibly in an ancient Celtic Pennine kingdom ruled by a warrior king, Dunawt, from whom Dent gets its name. It is a farming community, though Dent Brewery (based in nearby Cowgill) is famous - its products are sold in the village's two pubs. Dent is also known for 'the terrible knitters of Dent' and as the birthplace of geologist Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873). An annual music and beer festival is held in June. There's a 12th century church and an interesting heritage centre and museum.

County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA10
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: The Vampire of Dent (and other stories)
Useful Website Address: Dentdale website
Tip/Nearby: Dent Railway Station is the highest in England.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Eamont Bridge

At first glance, the village of Eamont Bridge seems a little uninspiring. It is situated close to Penrith, on the A6 - which used to be the main road leading to Scotland. In the 11th century, the River Eamont here marked the border between England and Scotland.  Even further back, and Eamont Bridge stood on the border of the old Welsh kingdom of Strathclyde and was where, on 12 July 927 AD, a great council took place and all the kings and leaders of Britain paid homage to the first king of all the English, Athelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great. Furthermore, Eamont Bridge boasts at least two prehistoric monuments - King Arthur's Round Table and Mayburgh Henge.

Location/Address: Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2BX
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Link to featured article: The importance of Eamont Bridge
Tip/Nearby: Penrith
Primary Management: Local Authority

Derbyshire village made famous for putting itself into voluntary quarantine when the Plague arrived. Also Eyam Hall (NT), church and other attractions - though the story of the plague inevitably predominates.

Location/Address: Eyam, Hope Valley
County: Derbyshire
Post Code: S32
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: Eyam, 1665
Useful Website Address: Eyam Museum
Primary Management: Local Authority

Goathland is an attractive village on the North Yorkshire Moors, which also has a station on the North York Moors Railway. It has a long history but is best known now as being the fictional Aidensfield in the TV series, 'Heartbeat'. There are several shops and places to stay, including the Goathland Hotel - which was the Aidensfield Arms in the series. Nearby is Mallyan Spout, a 70' waterfall, and Wade's Causeway, an old trackway (perhaps Roman). Goathland Station was Hogsmead Station in the 2001 film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO22 5LY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: The train will arrive in a heartbeat
Tip/Nearby: Approx 9 miles south of Whitby
Primary Management: Local Authority

Lacock is one of those places that are almost frozen in another time. In this small picture-perfect Wiltshire village of about 350 souls, there are few overt trappings of the 21st century: no satellite dishes or TV aerials, no yellow lines, and only a small amount of signage – which anyway appears to be easily removable. Blank out the cars and rough-up the road surface a little and you’re transported back to the past, albeit a sanitised version where every building is immaculately maintained. Which explains why Lacock is one of the UK’s premier locations for filming period dramas, like Pride and Prejudice and Cranford. The village is owned by the National Trust.

Location/Address: Lacock
Nr Chippenham
County: Wiltshire
Post Code: SN15 2LG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Lacock
Useful Website Address: National Trust details on Lacock
Tip/Nearby: Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum
Primary Management: National Trust
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