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20 FORTHLIN ROAD

Paul McCartney's former Liverpool home, where he spent his teenage years with his father, Jim, and his brother, Mike. This is where Paul and John went when they 'slagged off' from school to play the guitar and compose, later joined by George Harrison. Several of the Beatles' hits were written at Forthlin Road, including 'I Saw Her Standing There'. The house been restored back with incredible attention to detail to how it was when Paul and Mike McCartney lived in it and includes several of Mike's photos of 'the boys' on the walls.

Entry into 20 Forthlin Road is only possible by booking a minibus tour with the National Trust. This also takes in John Lennon's former home in Menlove Avenue. Knowledgeable guides greet you at both properties. You can also view 20 Forthlin Road from the outside - many do - though bear in mind this is a residential area and respect the privacy of those that live nearby.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
20 Forthlin Road
Allerton
Liverpool
County
Merseyside
Post Code
L18 9TN
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Penny Lane is a 'bus ride away...
Primary Management
National Trust
49 BANKSIDE

A Queen Anne house, situated on the south bank of the Thames between the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, which has a plaque on the wall declaring that both Christopher Wren and Katherine of Aragon lived in it (not simultaneously). Both assertions are false. The plaque is of unknown date. The house is a private residence.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
49 Bankside
Southwark
County
London
Post Code
SE1
Main Historic Period
Stuart
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Borough, Southwark Cathedral, Globe, Tate Modern
Primary Management
Private - not open to the public
64 Baker Street

From 1940 - 1946, 64 Baker Street was the world headquarters of the Special Operations Executive, SOE, a clandestine organisation ordered to be set up by Churchill with the instruction to 'set Europe ablaze' by helping local resistance movements and conducting espionage and sabotage in enemy-held territories. A plaque was unveiled on the building in May 2010 by Margaret Jackson MBE, who was PA to Brigadier, later Major-General, Colin Gubbins, head of SOE from 1943 known by the initial 'M'. Margaret Jackson, herself a remarkable woman, was just 23 years old in 1940; she died in Croydon on 2 June 2013.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
64 Baker Street
County
London
Post Code
W1U 7GB
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Madame Tussauds
Primary Management
Private - not open to the public
Abbey Park, Leicester

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and opened in 1882.  It includes gardens, lakes, a café, sports pitches and facilities for bowling, tennis and boating.  It is a place for families and lies about a mile north of the city centre.  The River Soar divides it into two distinct parts – a Victorian park with shrubberies, boating lake and miniature railway, and the western part which includes the remains of the 12th century Leicester Abbey, where Cardinal Wolsey died and was buried, and the ruins of the 17th century Cavendish House, a mansion which was Charles I’s HQ before the Battle of Naseby.  It was destroyed and plundered by Royalist troops.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Abbey Park Road
Leicester
County
Leicestershire
Post Code
LE4 5AQ
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Useful Website Address
Primary Management
Local Authority
ABBOT HALL Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery is one of Britain’s preeminent small art galleries, run by the Lakeland Arts Trust and set in a restored Grade I-listed Georgian house on the banks of the River Kent in Kendal. The gallery holds an exceptional collection of 18th-20th century fine art, including (allegedly) works by George Romney, John Ruskin, JMW Turner, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, LS Lowry and Graham Sutherland. The gallery also runs a temporary exhibition programme throughout the year.

A gallery refurbishment project is due to be completed in 2022.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Kirkland
Kendal
County
Cumbria
Post Code
LA9 5AL
Main Historic Period
N/A
Tip/Nearby
Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal Museum, Kendal Castle
Primary Management
Other
ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

This is, allegedly, the only place in the world where you can visit a colony of nesting Mute Swans. (Trust me, they are not mute).  A Benedictine monastery was established at Abbotsbury in the 11th century and the monks began farming swans - which often featured at medieval banquets. The monks have long gone, but the swans are still there (different ones, obviously). If you visit Abbotsbury Swannery these days, you'll find about 600 swans, all free to roam. The colony is established adjacent to a shallow lagoon, the Fleet, which lies behind Chesil Beach. It's a unique location.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
New Barn Road
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymout
County
Dorset
Post Code
DT3 4JG
Main Historic Period
N/A
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Abbotsbury Abbey (remains) and St Catherine's Chapel
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
ABBOTSFORD

Abbotsford  was the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott, who was born in 1771 and died at Abbotsford in 1832. The works of ‘Great Scott’ included 'Waverley' and 'Ivanhoe'. Scott also popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels ('the Honours of Scotland'). Abbotsford is in the Scottish Borders and was built - or developed - as a family home, as well as Scott's workplace and somewhere to keep his collection of curios, artefacts and books.

Image credit: Historic Houses

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Melrose
County
Borders
Post Code
TD6 9BQ
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey, Selkirk
Primary Management
Independent – Historic Houses member
ACORN BANK

Acorn Bank offers an attractive garden and partially open 17th century red sandstone manor house. The estate at Acorn Bank dates back to the medieval order of the Knights Hospitaller. The main attraction now is the 17th century walled garden, with its fascinating medicinal and culinary herbs, pretty formal area, traditional orchard, woodland walks and industrial past complete with restored working watermill dating from the 16th century.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Temple Sowerby
Nr Penrith
County
Cumbria
Post Code
CA10 1SP
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Tip/Nearby
Brougham Castle
Primary Management
National Trust
ADAM SMITH, statue

Statue of Adam Smith outside St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.  Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) is probably best known as the author of 'Wealth of Nations'. The bronze statue is by Alexander Stoddart and was unveiled in 2008.

The post code is for St Giles' Cathedral.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Outside St Giles' Cathedral
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Post Code
EH1 1RE
Main Historic Period
Modern
Tip/Nearby
St Giles' Cathedral
Primary Management
Local Authority
AIRA FORCE

Aira Force is a fairly spectacular waterfall with a 65 foot drop surrounded by what was once fairly cultivated parkland. A pleasant (though relatively steep) walk to the top of the falls from a car park, or as part of a longer trek.  There's a network of trails nearby and some lovely views.

Aira Force is immensely popular and therefore can get very crowded.  It is also popular with families.  Get there via Kirkstone Pass on the A592 from either Windermere or Ambleside - Aira Force is a bit past Glenridding. Or from the A66 between Penrith and Keswick, take the A5091 through Dockray.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Nr Watermillock
Ullswater
County
Cumbria
Post Code
CA11 0JS
Main Historic Period
N/A
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Wear stout shoes or boots. Nearby - spectacular countryside.
Primary Management
National Trust

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