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WOBURN ABBEY

Woburn Abbey is one of the great treasure houses of Britain. It began life as a Cistercian abbey. The estate was given to John Russell, later Earl of Bedford, by Edward VI in 1547 and his ancestors became the Dukes of Bedford. Woburn Abbey is still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, but has been open to the public since 1955. The Palladian mansion contains a world-famous art collection, including works by Canaletto, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Lely, Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, as well as collections of porcelain and silver. The estate also includes gardens, a deer park and the Woburn Safari Park.

Location/Address: Woburn
County: Bedfordshire
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Woburn Abbey's website
Tip/Nearby: Woburn Safari Park, Bletchley Park
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
WIND ENERGY MUSEUM

A collection dedicated to wind energy (as it says on the tin), based on the collection of Ronald Morse and set in almost 3 acres. The exhibits are mostly outside. The museum has limited opening and also owns nearby Thurne Mill.

Location/Address: Staithe Road
Repps With Bastwick
Nr Great Yarmouth
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR29 5JU
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Wind Energy Museum's website
Primary Management: Independent
VERULAMIUM MUSEUM

Verulamium, was the third largest city in Roman Britain and the museum, Verulamium, stands on the site of the Roman town. It is a museum of everyday life in Roman Britain, containing recreated Roman rooms, some amazing mosaics and several intriguing objects - as well as the Sandridge Hoard - a collection of 159 gold Roman coins discovered nearby in 2012.

Location/Address: St Michael's
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 4SW
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Verulamium Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Roman Theatre within walking distance - across main road. St Albans Abbey in town.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Trinity College, Cambridge

Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, combining two earlier colleges, Michaelhouse and King’s Hall, and has the largest court in Oxbridge. Michaelhouse had existed since 1324; King’s Hall had been established by Edward II in 1317 and refounded by Edward III in 1337. Trinity’s flag, flown on special occasions, has as its design the royal standard of Edward III.  The oldest parts of the college are medieval, including the range behind the Clock Tower.  The Great Gate was built at the beginning of the 16th century. The 17th century Wren Library, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, contains treasures that include 8th century copy of the Epistles of St Paul, works by Isaac Newton and the manuscript of Winnie the Pooh.

Famous alumni include Francis Bacon, John Dryden, Isaac Newton, Lord Byron, Alfred Tennyson, Earl Grey, Ernest Rutherford, Vaughn Williams, G M Trevelyan, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, AA Milne, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nicholas Monsarrat Antony Gormley, Eddie Redmayne and Prince Charles.

Location/Address: Trinity Street
Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB2 1TQ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Trinity College website
Tip/Nearby: Central Cambridge and other colleges
Primary Management: Educational establisment
THURNE MILL

Thurne Dyke Mill was built in 1820 and was once used for drainage. It is privately owned by the nearby Wind Energy Museum and has limited opening from April to September.

Location/Address: The Street
Thurne
Nr Great Yarmouth
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR29 3AP
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Website of the Wind Energy Museum
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
THORPENESS

Thorpeness began as a whimsical fantasy holiday seaside village, the brainchild of Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie in the early part of the 20th century. There's a lot of mock Tudor architecture.  It is famous for its House in the Clouds. There is a boating lake, a pub, golf course, tennis courts, walking - a very quiet, gentile, kind of place.

Location/Address: Nr Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP16 4NU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: From a house in the clouds to a fort
Useful Website Address: Suffolk Coast website
Tip/Nearby: About 2 miles north of Aldeburgh
Primary Management: Local Authority
THOMAS PAINE, statue

A statue of radical republican Thomas Paine stands in Thetford, ironically on King Street. It was erected, amidst some controversy, in 1964. Arguably, Paine is Thetford’s most famous son. He was born there in 1737, dying in New York in 1809. Paine inspired and participated in the American Revolution, was involved in the French Revolution and convicted of seditious libel in Britain. In the US, he is celebrated as one of the founding fathers. His statue shows him holding a quill (symbolic of the pen being mightier than the sword?) and a copy of one of his most famous works, The Rights of Man.

Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: King Street
Thetford
County: Norfolk
Post Code: IP24 2AZ
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Ancient House Museum, Dad's Army Museum, Thetford Priory
Primary Management: Local Authority
THETFORD PRIORY

The ruins of Thetford Priory are a short walk from the town centre. Thetford was one of the largest, richest and most important monasteries in East Anglia. It was founded in 1103 by Robert Bigod, the 1st Earl of Norfolk, a close friend of William the Conqueror, though building continued until sometime in the 1170s and alterations took place throughout the priory’s life. A gatehouse, probably the most impressive ruin remaining, was added in the 14th century.

In 1248, the Prior of Thetford, Stephen, was stabbed by a fellow monk and died just outside the west door of the church.

Thetford enjoyed a considerable degree of financial success thanks to a statue of the Virgin Mary, which was reputed to have miraculous powers and which attracted pilgrims by the drove. For 400 years, it was also the buriual place of the earls and dukes of Norfolk.

The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII’s commissioners in 1540, though the Prior’s Lodging continued as a private house for another 200 years.

Location/Address: Water Lane
Thetford
County: Norfolk
Post Code: IP24 1IB
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Grimes Graves, Thetford Warren Lodge, Dad's Army attractions in Town.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Round Church, Cambridge

The Round Church, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Cambridge is one of only four round churches in Britain. Influenced by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Cambridge's round church was built in c1130 and is heavily Norman in style - though has been added to and restored at various times - particularly in the later medieval and Victorian periods. It hasn't been used as a parish church since 1994 and is now a study and visitor centre, with an exhibition about the story of Cambridge. The interior architecture of the round church is lovely - and there are some striking stained glass windows.

Location/Address: Bridge Street
Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB2 1UB
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: Round Church Visitor Centre website
Tip/Nearby: City Centre location close to other colleges and sights
Primary Management: Other
SUTTON HOO

There are 18 (or 20) burial mounds at Sutton Hoo, which historians believe was the cemetery for the Wuffingas, the royal dynasty of 7th century East Anglia who claimed to be descendants of the god Woden.   The greatest burial was possibly that of King Raedwald, an amazing ship burial unearthed just before the Second World War.  Most of the artefacts are now in the British Museum in London, but there is an exhibition on site, plus replicas of some of the treasures. And you can visit Tranmer House, the home of the landowner, Edith Pretty, which has been refurbished in 1930s style.

Location/Address: Tranmer House
Sutton Hoo
Nr Woodbridge
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 3DJ
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Stories behind Sutton Hoo
Tip/Nearby: Orford Ness
Primary Management: National Trust
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