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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
Atlantic Bridge

Clachan Bridge, popularly known as Atlantic Bridge, or the Bridge over the Atlantic, was built in 1792 and joins the Island of Seil with the mainland on the B844, about 10 miles south of Oban. Nearby is the Tigh an Truish Inn - the house of trousers. Seil is the most northerly of the slate isles.

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Location/Address: Clachan
Seil
County: Argyll
Post Code: PA34 4TJ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Atlantic Bridge
Useful Website Address: Tigh an Truish Inn website
Tip/Nearby: Slate Islands and Heritage Centre. Oban 10 miles to the north.
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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
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
Brig o' Doon

Beautiful old cobbled bridge over the Doon, built in the 15th century. It features in the 1791 poem, 'Tam o' Shanter', when Tam gallops across the bridge on his horse, Meg, pursued by witches and warlocks. He escapes - but they grab Meg's tail! Combine with a visit to the Robert Burns' Monument, Museum, Alloway Old Kirk and his birthplace.

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Location/Address: Alloway
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA7 4PQ
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Burns Museum website (NTS)
Tip/Nearby: Robert Burns' Monument, Museum, Alloway Old Kirk and the cottage he was born in are all within walking distance.
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland
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
Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Kirkby Lonsdale’s Devil’s Bridge is a medieval structure with three graceful arches and is a scheduled ancient monument. It was replaced by Stanley Bridge as the main bridge carrying traffic over the River Lune along the main road (A65) between Kendal and Skipton in 1932 and is now a favourite with visitors – and weekend motorcyclists.

Location/Address: Off the A65 or walk from Town Centre
Kirkby Lonsdale
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA6 2DF
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Kirkby Lonsdale's Devil's Bridge - and the bikers who live there
Tip/Nearby: Kirkby Lonsdale, Yorkshire Dales
Primary Management: Local Authority
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
JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY

The John Rylands Library holds the special collections of the University of Manchester's library. The library was built by Enriqueta Rylands, the widow of wealthy industrialist John Rylands, who died in 1888. It is a fantastic neo-Gothic building, designed by Basil Champneys (with help from Mrs Rylands) and opened to the public in 1900. One of its first acquisitions was the 40,000 volume Spencer Collection, which includes about 3,000 early printed books - including a Gutenberg Bible. The library has undergone various refurbishments. Although a research library, it is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Manchester.

Location/Address: 150 Deansgate
Manchester
County: Greater Manchester
Post Code: M3 3EH
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Manchester's John Rylands Library
Useful Website Address: University of Manchester website
Primary Management: Educational establisment
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
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