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Spitfires of 611 Squadron, Biggin Hill

Opened in January 2019, the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum tells the story of the famous RAF airfield, the people who served there, the local community and its residents from 1916 to 1951. The collection has a particular focus on the Battle of Britain, in which RAF Biggin Hill played a pivotal role. Many of the objects in the museum's collection are personal and have been donated by people who served or lived at Biggin Hill, or their relatives.

Location/Address: St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
Main Road
Biggin Hill
County: Kent
Post Code: TN16 3EJ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger, Chartwell
Primary Management: Other

Enormous 18th century home of the Dukes of Marlborough.  The estate was given to the 1st Duke, John Churchill, as a reward for his military victories against the French.  Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and has many associations with it.  The estate is a World Heritage Site and one of the 'treasure houses of England."

Location/Address: Woodstock
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX20 1PP
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Blenheim Palace website
Tip/Nearby: Bladon Church
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Bletchley Park was the home of the top-secret code breakers of World War Two, whose work had a profound impact on the war; it has been claimed that their success in intercepting enemy signals and breaking codes shortened the war by two years. For years, very few people knew about their work, most famously centred on German Enigma cipher machines, but information started to become more available in the 1970s. Bletchley Park was in a poor state when taken over by Milton Keynes Borough Council in 1992. A trust was set up to conserve the site and turn it into a museum and it opened its doors to the public in 1993. A massive restoration project took place and BP is now a major tourist attraction.

Bletchley Park also includes the National Museum of Computing and has featured in several films and TV productions.

Location/Address: The Mansion
Sherwood Drive
Milton Keynes
County: Buckinghamshire
Post Code: MK3 6EB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Bletchley Park's website
Tip/Nearby: Woburn Safari Park, Military Intelligence Museum
Primary Management: Other

Fairy-tale like ruined castle, originally built to help defend Southern England against French attack. One of the most photogenic castles in the country, it almost looks as though it could come alive.  But it is a shell - with plenty of stairs to clamber up, crumbling battlements to fall off - and wonderful views from the top.

Location/Address: Bodiam, near Robertsbridge
County: East Sussex
Post Code: TN32 5UA
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Beautiful Bodiam Castle
Tip/Nearby: Bateman's, Scotney Castle, Battle
Primary Management: National Trust

Bosham is a small, attractive, village on the side of an inlet in Chichester Harbour and beloved of yachtspeople. It is an ancient place, and apparently the (contested) location for King Cnut's encounter with the waves. There is a lovely church, a craft centre, tea shops and a couple of nice pubs.

Situated off the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth.

Location/Address: Near Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 8HX
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Bosham, Cnut, the king's daughter and Harold
Useful Website Address: Bosham village website
Tip/Nearby: Chichester. The foreshore gets flooded at high tide - best not leave your car there.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Bramber Castle

There isn't much left of Bramber Castle - a few sections of curtain wall, the remains of a tower, an overgrown motte, ditch, bits of masonry and an enormous section of gatehouse wall. It was built by the Norman, William de Braose, in 1073 to help control the locality and stayed in the family's hands for about 200 years. Bramber was still in use in the 15th century, but fell into disrepair and was in ruins by the time of the Civil War. Next door is St Nicholas' Church - which was originally the castle's chapel and is a little gem. The location is just on the edge of Bramber village.

Location/Address: Castle Lane
County: West Sussex
Post Code: BN44 3NW
Main Historic Period: Norman
Tip/Nearby: Cissbury Ring, Brighton
Primary Management: English Heritage

Buckingham House, Portsmouth, is a former inn where George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, was murdered by a disgruntled naval lieutenant, John Felton, on 23 August 1628. It was on the market for £1.5M in March 2017 and as of October that year was being run as Ye Spotted Dogge guest house - a return to its past. The building possibly dates from the late 15th century and is certainly Tudor in origin. In 1523 it was Le Greyhound Inne. By the time of Buckingham's murder, it was known as Ye Spotted Dogge Inne and owned by a Captain John Mason. Mason was an explorer and credited with naming New Hampshire. Felton was executed in London - his body was brought back to Portsmouth and left to rot near Clarence Pier. The property was later owned by Dr William Smith, who died in 1732 and left a bequest to found Portsmouth Grammar School - now located next door.

Note - the building is not a tourist attraction or generally open to the public. See their website.

Location/Address: 11-12 High Street
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO1 2LP
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Website for Ye Spotted Dogge
Tip/Nearby: Cathedral, Old Portsmouth, Naval Dockyard
Primary Management: Private - not open to the public

Buckler's Hard is a show village, built in the 18th century, on the Beaulieu river with a pub, hotel and museum. There is also a riverside walk to Beaulieu village. Buckler's Hard was at one time a busy port and shipbuilding community, where many of the Royal Navy's ships began life. It also had a role in the preparations for D-Day during the Second World War.  Buckler's Hard is part of the Beaulieu Estate.

Location/Address: Beaulieu
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO42 7XB
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Buckler's Hard
Useful Website Address: Buckler's Hard's website
Tip/Nearby: You can easily walk to Buckler's Hard from Beaulieu village, but it's easier to drive and pay for a ticket which includes museum entry.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral was founded by St Augustine in 597AD, though the present building dates mostly from the late medieval period. Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered here in 1170 and it thereafter became a place of pilgrimage. The Cathedral is a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site.

Location/Address: Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury
County: Kent
Post Code: CT1 2EH
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Canterbury Cathedral website
Primary Management: Church authorities

There has been a fortress at Carisbrooke since Saxon times, at least, though the present castle dates from the 12th century. It was besieged once, by the French, but is probably best known as the place where Charles I was imprisoned, as well as for the donkeys that turn the treadmill to pull water from the castle's well. It was also home to Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The castle is largely ruined, but there is loads to see, inside and outside, including a fascinating museum, beautiful chapel, battlement walks - and, of course, the donkeys.

Location/Address: Castle Hill
County: Isle of Wight
Post Code: PO30 1XY
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Tip/Nearby: Osborne House, Ryde, Cowes
Primary Management: English Heritage
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