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Anne Bronte's burial place

Anne Bronte is the only one of the famous siblings not to be buried in the family vault at Haworth. She worked as a governess in Scarborough and journeyed the 70 miles from home when she was ill, hoping the sea air would help. She arrived on Saturday 25 May 1849, very ill, accompanied by her sister Charlotte and a friend, Ellen and died on the Monday. Charlotte commissioned the very worn headstone seen today, but returning 3 years afterwards found a number of errors on it. The errors, whatever they were, were seemingly corrected – but the inscription still has Anne’s age wrong. A modern plaque has been placed on the ground by the Bronte Society.

St Mary's Church dates from the 12th century and is interesting in its own right. Canons were based in the churchyard during the Civil War, from which Parliamentary troops exchanged fire with the Royalists in the castle.

Location/Address: 158 Castle Rd
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO11 1HY
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Our Bronte Tour Begins In Haworth
Useful Website Address: Website of the Bronte Society
Tip/Nearby: Scarborough Castle
Primary Management: Church authorities

Huge steel sculpture by Ray Lonsdale of a former miner who, as a young man, was one of the first Allied troops to enter Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.

Location/Address: North Bay, Scarborough
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: Y012 6PF
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers
Tip/Nearby: This attraction does not have a post code - just get close to it and head for the sea.
Primary Management: Local Authority

The ruins of the Augustinian Priory of St Leonard, founded in 12th century and suppressed in 1535. A timber-framed house was built on the site - no trace of this remains. The future King Charles II hid briefly at White Ladies Priory whilst trying to evade Parliamentary forces following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

The easiest way to find this property is to follow the path from Boscobel House.

Location/Address: In a clearing off a woodland path on Shackerley Lane, between Boscobell House and White Ladies Farm.
County: Shropshire
Post Code: WV8
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Why 467 pubs are called the Royal Oak
Tip/Nearby: Boscobel House
Primary Management: English Heritage

Lichfield Cathedral is the only 3-spired medieval cathedral in England; its spires have long been known as 'the Ladies of the Vale'. Founded by Chad in the 7th century (and dedicated to him and St Mary) the present Gothic building largely took shape between the 12th and 14th centuries. It was particularly badly damaged during the Civil War - canon balls destroyed parts and wrecked others - but subsequently restored. Lichfield Cathedral is the repository for the 8th century Chad Gospels and also home to the Lichfield Angel, a piece of Anglo-Saxon carving discovered during building work. Among the many other treasures to be seen is the marble memorial 'Sleeping Children', which is particularly evocative.

Location/Address: 19a The Close
County: Staffordshire
Post Code: WS13 7LD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Ladies of the Vale
Useful Website Address: Lichfield Cathedral website
Tip/Nearby: National Memorial Arboretum
Primary Management: Church authorities

Memorial in a peaceful woodland clearing to the than 4,500 Polish men murdered by the Soviet Union’s security police in Katyn Forest, near Smolensk, in 1940. The mass graves were uncovered by the Nazis in 1943. The victims, many of them with bound hands and still with their identity papers on them, had been shot in the back of the head. This memorial was unveiled in 1979 and is one of several memorials in the UK and around the world to the massacre at Katyn. It is about half a mile from the Commonwealth War Grave and German cemeteries.

Location/Address: Camp Road
County: Staffordshire
Post Code: WS12 4PT
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Katyn
Tip/Nearby: Cannock Chase is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Primary Management: Unknown

Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery contains almost 5,000 German and Austrian graves. Following an agreement between the UK and the Federal Republic of Germany in 1959, the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge) made arrangements to transfer the graves of German servicemen and civilians who had died in Britain during World Wars 1 and 2 from scattered burial grounds to a new cemetery established at Cannock Chase.

Follow the signs for Cannock Chase War Cemetery signposted from the A34 when travelling from either Cannock or Stafford. The German cemetery is immediately behind the CWGC one.

Location/Address: Camp Road
County: Staffordshire
Post Code: WS12
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Deutsche Soldatenfriedhof, Cannock Chase
Primary Management: Other

During the First World War, there was a large military camp at Cannock Chase which became the base for the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. There was also a prisoner-of-war hospital with 1,000 beds, and both camp and hospital used the burial ground. Cannock Chase War Cemetery contains 97 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, most of them New Zealanders, and 286 German burials. There are also three burials of the Second World War.

Cannock Chase War Cemetery is signposted from the A34 when travelling from either Cannock or Stafford.

Location/Address: Camp Road
County: Staffordshire
Post Code: WS12
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Cannock Chase War Cemetery
Primary Management: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

It may come as a surprise that one of - if not the - finest Baroque churches in Britain is not in London, but in rural Worcestershire. It dates from 1735, replacing an earlier medieval parish church which stood a little way to the west. It was built by the then owners of neighbouring Witley Court, the Foleys, possibly for their convenience, but not as a private chapel; it has always been a parish church. In 1747, the interior was transformed by the installation of internal decoration from the chapel at Canons, Lord Chandos' Edgware palace - and the impact is astonishing. Dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, Great Witley Church also boasts the Foley Monument, at 26 feet (8 metres) reputed to be the tallest funerary monument in the country.

Location/Address: Witley Court Drive
off Worcester Road
Great Witley
County: Worcestershire
Post Code: WR6 6JT
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Is this Britain's finest Baroque church?
Useful Website Address: Great Witley Church's website
Tip/Nearby: Witley Court is next door and don't miss the excellent tearoom nearby
Primary Management: Church authorities

The medieval Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin, Worcester, perches beautifully over the river Severn. It was founded in the 7th century, rebuilt by St Oswald in the 10th century and the present building was begun by St Wulfstan in 1084. The Norman crypt is particularly worth seeing.  Worcester Cathedral was badly damaged during the Civil War in the 17th century and has been subsequently restored, notably by the Victorians. It is the burial place of King John, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales (Henry VIII's older brother) and Stanley Baldwin, three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Location/Address: Chapter Office
8 College Yard
County: Worcestershire
Post Code: WR1 2LA
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Worcester Cathedral website
Primary Management: Church authorities

The original Temple Bar marked the boundary between the old City of London and the royal area of Westminster. A gate was built there, but this was removed in the 19th century for road widening. The spot is now marked by a Victorian memorial in the middle of the Strand/Fleet Street, close to the Royal Courts of Justice. Temple Bar Gate, after a period of decorating a country house in Hertfordshire, is now in the south-east corner of Paternoster Square, next to St Paul's Cathedral (EC4). The featured article will give you the full story, more or less.

Post code is approximate for the memorial at Temple Bar.

Location/Address: Strand/Fleet Street
County: London
Post Code: WC2R 1DA
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: London's Temple Bar
Tip/Nearby: Strand/Fleet Street is on an old ceremonial route between the City and Westminsiter, with Trafalgar Square in the west and Ludgate Hill in the east, leading to St Paul's Cathedral.
Primary Management: Local Authority
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