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TYNE BRIDGE

An iconic symbol of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and built by the same company that later built Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dorman Long and Co. The Tyne Bridge was opened by King George V on 10th October 1928; it carries the A167 road across the river Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle.

Location/Address: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE8 2BH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: The original New Castle.
Primary Management: Local Authority
ALDEBURGH MOOT HALL

A lovely Tudor town hall, dating from c1550, and a symbol of Aldeburgh's prosperity at the time. The ground floor would have been occupied by shops, with meetings taking place on the first floor. Greatly restored in Victorian times, it now houses a good local museum. The building would once have been more at the centre of town - now it is close to the beach, an indication of shoreline erosion in this part of the UK.

Location/Address: Market Cross
Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5DS
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Aldeburgh Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Aldrebugh town, Thorpeness, Orford
Primary Management: Local Authority
BATTLE of STIRLING BRIDGE

The battle was fought on 11 September 1297.  Following Scots support for the French, Edward I of England invaded Scotland, deposed the King, John Balliol and left an army of occupation. Sir William Wallace and Sir Andrew Moray led a rebellion and met an English army outside Stirling. The English advanced over a narrow bridge over the River Forth. The Scots fell upon the English from the high ground on Abbey Craig, cutting the invading army in two. The English commander, the Earl of Surrey, could not reinforce because of the narrowness of the bridge. The portion of his forces that had crossed the bridge were cut down, though some of managed to escape by swimming back across the river. The Scottish victory destroyed the myth of English invincibility.  Legend has it that the hated English treasurer, Hugh de Cressingham, was flayed after the battle and that Wallace made a belt from the skin.

The actual bridge of the battle was destroyed at the time. The current 'old' bridge was built downstream of it in the 16th century and is still in use by pedestrians. There is a plaque on the east end of the bridge, with a small portion of meadow adjacent, but it is thought that most of the fighting took place on ground that is now built over. It's a nice bridge, though. Post code is very approximate.

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Location/Address: Bridgehaugh Road
Stirling
County: Stirlingshire
Post Code: FK9 5AL
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument
TARR STEPS

Late medieval, possibly earlier, clapper bridge over the river Barle - said to be the longest clapper bridge in Britain. Pleasant walks nearby.  Post code is for the nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

NB Post code is for nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

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Location/Address: Nr Liscombe
County: Somerset
Post Code: TA22 9PY
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: Tarr Steps
Primary Management: National Park
BLAKENEY GUILDHALL

Flint-covered remains of a 15th century merchant's house, with a fine brick-vaulted undercroft. It later became the guildhall for local fish merchants. Worth seeing if you're in town; it's just by the quayside.

English Heritage property managed by Blakeney Parish Council.

Location/Address: Back Lane
Blakeney
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR25 7NA
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Binham Priory, Castle Acre, visit the seals off Blakeney Point.
Primary Management: Local Authority
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUILDING

Scotland's Parliament was dissolved with the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707; there would be just one parliament, in Westminster. The Scotland Act of 1998 re-established a Scottish parliament, with certain devolved domestic powers, and it was decided that a new building was needed for it to meet in. The result was the Scottish Parliament Building, one of the most controversial government projects ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. Completion was more than three years late and, at a cost of £414.4 million, it was 10 times over budget. Many consider it ugly, at least externally, but it is interesting to visit and the debating chamber makes more sense than those at Westminster.

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Location/Address: The Royal Mile
Holyrood
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH99 1SP
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Website of the Scottish Parliament
Tip/Nearby: Opposite the Palace of Holyrood
Primary Management: Local Authority
British Library

The British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. In addition to books (including early printed books), the collection includes manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints , drawings, music scores, patents, sound recordings and stamps. Particular treasures include Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook, the first edition of The Times from 18 March 1788 and Beatles manuscripts. As well as being open for research, the Library holds free exhibitions and events.

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Location/Address: 96 Euston Road
County: London
Post Code: NW1 2DB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: British Library website
Tip/Nearby: Wellcome Collection, British Museum, King's Cross
Primary Management: HM Government
HOUSES of PARLIAMENT

The Houses of Parliament is the home of the UK Parliament and consists of two 'houses' - the Commons (elected) and Lords (unelected). It is possible to take a tour, even take tea, or watch a debate. Information about visiting can be found on the UK Parliament's website - link below.

The Houses of Parliament is situated on the site of Edward the Confessor's 11th century palace and is still known as 'the Palace of Westminster'. It has been the traditional home of the English parliament since medieval times and much of the UK's parliamentary democracy developed here. However, most of the current building dates from the 19th century and was designed by Charles Barry, following a disastrous fire in 1834 that destroyed most of the old palace. The oldest building on the site is the magnificent Westminster Hall, which has witnessed 900 years of British history.

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Location/Address: Westminster
County: London
Post Code: SW1A 0AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Churchill's Bunker, Embankment, St James's Park...
Primary Management: HM Government
LEADENHALL MARKET

Originally a fresh food market dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall Market stands at the centre of what was Roman London. It was redeveloped into an ornate iron and glass arcade building in 1881 and, with its distinctive red, gold and green colour scheme it is a site in its own right. It contains a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as several high-end specialist shops. Leadenhall Market famously featured in the film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

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Location/Address: Gracechurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3V 1LT
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Bank, Monument
Primary Management: Local Authority
TEMPLE BAR

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.

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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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