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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.

Location/Address: Abbey Park Road
County: Leicestershire
Post Code: LE4 5AQ
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Leicester City Council website
Primary Management: Local Authority
ALL SAINTS’, Brixworth

All Saints', Brixworth, is the largest surviving Anglo-Saxon church in Britain. The Saxon builders re-used Roman bricks when constructing their arches. It is also known that a monastery was founded on the site toward the end of the 7th century, sacked by the Danes. The church includes Norman features, an 11th century round tower and a 15th century spire. It is also famous for the Brixworth Relic - a human throat bone that allegedly once belonged to St Boniface.

Location/Address: Church Street
County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: NN6 9DF
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Brixworth - All Saints' church
Tip/Nearby: 6 or 7 miles north of Northampton on the A508
ALL SAINTS’, Earls Barton

A very special church dating from 10th century. The tower is the main survivor from this period and contains some unique Anglo-Saxon architectural decoration. The rest of the church was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. One of several Saxon churches in the area.

Location/Address: High Street
Earls Barton
County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: NN6 0JG
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Earls Barton - our finest Saxon church tower
Useful Website Address: All Saints' website
Tip/Nearby: Brixworth church
Primary Management: Church authorities

Sitting in acres of Northamptonshire countryside, Althorp has been the residence of the Spencer family for 500 years and is one of England's grand stately homes. It is packed full of treasures, including some fascinating portraits. The original Tudor house is still there, beneath the later restorations and refurbishments, but the overall feel of the place is distinctly 18th century. The gardens are lovely and regular events are held, including an annual literary festival. Althorp is, sadly, best known for the association with possibly the most famous Spencer, Lady Diana, whose last resting place is on an island in the Round Oval lake.

Althorp has limited opening - it is essential to check their website before making a special trip.

Location/Address: Northampton
County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: NN7 4HQ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Althorp
Useful Website Address: Althorp's website
Tip/Nearby: Althorp is about 8 miles north west of Northampton.
Primary Management: Independent – Historic Houses member

Very small, attractive, village between Daventry and Rugby. The Jacobean manor was owned by the Catesby family and the gatehouse is famous for being the place where the Gunpowder Plot was planned (neither the gatehouse nor the manor is open to the public). There is a wonderful medieval church, dedicated to St Leodegarius, a pub (the Olde Coach House) and a series of estate workers' cottages designed by Lutyens.

NB Warning notice that village website may be hacked, hence the link has not been included here.

County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: CV23 8UN
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: Terror plot planned in peaceful village
Tip/Nearby: Off the A361 between Kilsby and Daventry
Primary Management: Local Authority

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is an aerial display team flying historic aircraft. They appear at shows throughout the country, state occasions and at events commemorating the Second World War.  The aircraft normally flown are an Avro Lancaster, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. The flight is administratively part of No. 1 Group RAF, flying out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. It is possible to see the aircraft at a visitor centre at Coningsby, though it is recommended you check which ones can be seen before making a special trip.

Location/Address: RAF BBMF Visitors Centre
Dogdyke Road
County: Lincolnshire
Post Code: LN4 4SY
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Website of the BBMF
Tip/Nearby: Tattershall Castle, Lincoln
Primary Management: Military

Astonishing Stuart mansion, mid-way between a castle and a country house, built to entertain and impress by the staunchly Royalist Charles Cavendish. The place is full of surprises, including some intriguing and lavish decoration, a beautiful garden, wall walk and an unusual riding house. There is an informative exhibition which puts things in perspective before you tour - and a great childrens' playground!

Location/Address: Castle Street
County: Derbyshire
Post Code: S44 6PR
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Tip/Nearby: Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth
Primary Management: English Heritage

Site of the decisive battle on 22nd August 1485 where King Richard III was killed and the victor, Henry Tudor, started a new dynasty as Henry VII. There is a heritage centre with an exhibition/museum, shop and café. It is possible to walk round the battlefield on a well-signposted trail. Events are held including an annual re-enactment of the battle.

Location/Address: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Sutton Cheney
County: Leicestershire
Post Code: CV13 0AD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: The Battle of Bosworth
Useful Website Address: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Primary Management: Local Authority
Bramley Apples, large, green and great for cooking

The Bramley apple originated from a pip planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, in Southwell in c1809. There is an annual Apple Festival in Southwell, in October. Bramley apple trails are available all year round.

Location/Address: Tourist Information Centre
Minster Chambers
Church Street
County: Nottinghamshire
Post Code: NG25 0HD
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: The tale of the Bramley apple
Tip/Nearby: Southwell Minster, Southwell Workhouse
Primary Management: Local Authority

Burghley is a grand 16th century house and estate on the edge of the charming East Midlands town of Stamford. The house was built by Elizabeth I's chief advisor and Lord High Treasurer Sir William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and is still lived in by his descendents. The house contains an extensive collection of artwork and painted murals, including Verrio's 'Hell Staircase' (seen in 'The Da Vinci Code') and the hall has a magnificent hammerbeam roof. There are extensive gardens, statues and a fine park. Burghley is also famous for its annual Burghley Horse Trials, held in the autumn (best avoid visiting then!).

Location/Address: Stamford
County: Lincolnshire
Post Code: PE9 3JY
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Burghley's website
Tip/Nearby: Stamford is a peach
Primary Management: Independent – Historic Houses member
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