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St MICHAEL’S Baddesley Clinton

St Michael's Baddesley Clinton is a short walk from Baddesley Clinton Manor House, through woods packed with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The church was originally dedicated to St James, but changed - probably in the 19th century. The present building dates from 1305, but it is generally thought that a church stood on or near the site before Domesday (though the latter makes no mention of one). Do not miss the beautiful east window, the interesting rustic oak screen - or the simple grave marker for Nicholas Broome, just inside the south door (under the mat!). Once lord of the manor, he murdered a priest and built the tower of the church as a penance.

Location/Address: Off Hay Wood Lane
Baddesley Clinton
County: Warwickshire
Post Code: B93 0DG
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Inormation on A Church Near You
Tip/Nearby: Baddesley Clinton National Trust property
Primary Management: Church authorities

Baddesley Clinton is a picturesque and charming moated manor house and estate dating from the 15th century, set in lovely gardens and surrounded by beautiful Warwickshire countryside. For 500 years it was home to the Ferrers family, staunch Roman Catholics, and it comes complete with a priest hole hidden in the medieval sewer. Its survival is largely due to its eccentric Victorian owners, Marmion and Rebecca Ferrers and their very close friends, Lady Chatterton and Edward Dering, collectively known as 'the Quartet'.

Location/Address: Rising Lane
Baddesley Clinton
County: Warwickshire
Post Code: B93 0DQ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: Baddesley Clinton - medieval manor, murder, mayhem and mellowness
Tip/Nearby: Packwood House, Warwick Castle
Primary Management: National Trust

South Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort, overrun by the Romans in the 1st century and subsequently used by them, but then reoccupied and its defences restored in the sub-Roman period and in occasional use up to at least the 10th century. It is one of several places associated with the legendary King Arthur and suggested as a possible location for the mythical Camelot. The walls and defences are now wooded, but the size of them can be appreciated, and there is a wonderful view of Glastonbury Tor, on the mystical Isle of Avalon, from the top.

Take the pathway, Castle Lane, from the village; it is invariably muddy.

Location/Address: South Cadbury
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA22 7HA
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Tip/Nearby: Glastonbury, Wells
Primary Management: Unknown
Sea Harrier at RNAS Yeovilton

The Fleet Air Arm Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy in the air. There are over 90 aircraft, from biplanes to supersonic jets, plus thousands of other artefacts, on show in four exhibition halls. It is Europe's largest naval aviation Museum. In addition it houses the first British Concorde, which you can go on board, and the 'Aircraft Carrier Experience', a fascinating tour round a realistic mocked-up carrier. The museum is exceptionally well laid out.

Location/Address: Royal Naval Air Station
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA22 8HW
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: A visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum
Useful Website Address: Fleet Air Arm Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Lytes Cary Manor, Glastonbury
Primary Management: Military

The charming garden of Tintinhull Hall, designed by an amateur gardener, Phyllis Reiss, who lived there from 1933 to 1961.  The garden is divided into a series of 'rooms', each with its own character.  Don't miss the swing!

The hall is not generally open to the public, but can be hired for self-catering breaks.

Location/Address: Farm Street, Tintinhull, Yeovil
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA22 8PZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Tintinhull Garden
Tip/Nearby: Montacute House
Primary Management: National Trust

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts was first held in 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died, when the headlining act was T Rex (who replaced the Kinks). It was the brainchild of farmer Michael Eavis and is now a regular event, the largest of its kind in the world. Though best known for its music (as well as its mud and awful toilets), the festival, as its name implies, covers all performing arts - such as dance, cabaret and comedy. For 5 days during June, Worthy Farm is transformed into a major conurbation of 175,000 people - it is a masterpiece of logistics and organisation. Headline acts over the years have included the likes of the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Adele and Dolly Parton.

Attendance is ONLY possible by allocated ticket obtained via the festival website.

Location/Address: Worthy Farm
Shepton Mallet
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA4 4BY
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Glastonbury Festival website
Tip/Nearby: Something for the bucket list? You MUST obtain allocated tickets via the official website to attend this event.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Part-ruined home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, the palace dates from 13th century and is surrounded by a moat, upon which swans glide gracefully.  Croquet is played on the lawn.  The highlight, though, is the gardens.  These are a delight to wander in and include the well pools that give the city its name.

Location/Address: Wells
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA5 2PD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Bishop's Palace website
Tip/Nearby: Wells Cathedral
Primary Management: Church authorities

Wells is England's smallest city. The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, or Wells Cathedral, is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. There has been a church on the site since 705AD, but the Cathedral itself was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The astonishing west front displays the hierarchy of heaven - originally, it would have been painted in bright colours. Inside, the grace of the nave is enhanced by the beautiful scissor arches (pictured), installed to prevent a tower collapsing in the 14th century. Then there's the famous Wells Clock - said to be the oldest clock mechanism in Britain.

Outside, don't miss the Bishop's palace next door (especially the garden) and Vicars Close, a 15th century street - said to be the only original medieval street left in England.

Location/Address: Cathedral Green
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA5 2US
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Well's Cathedral's website
Tip/Nearby: Bishop's Palace and Garden, Vicars Close
Primary Management: Church authorities

The Chalice Well is a natural spring, with a red hue to the water, now surrounded by peaceful gardens, at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. The spring has been in use for at least 2,000 years and, inevitably, has mystical and religious associations; it is popular with pilgrims of all sorts (remember, this is Glastonbury). According to one legend, Joseph of Arimathea hid the chalice that had caught the blood of Christ at the crucifixion in the Chalice Well.

There is no parking at the Chalice Well - park nearby and walk. It is on the A361 Chilkwell Street junction with Wellhouse Lane.

Location/Address: Chilkwell Street
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA6 8DD
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: The Chalice Well
Useful Website Address: Website of the Chalice Well Trust
Tip/Nearby: Glastonbury Abbey (of course) and Glastonbury Tor
Primary Management: Other

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.

Location/Address: Near Glastonbury
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA6 8YA
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Link to featured article: A journey to Glastonbury Tor
Tip/Nearby: Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Lake Village, Cadbury
Primary Management: National Trust
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