East Midlands

Visit the East Midlands of England and the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.  Rub shoulders with the legend of Robin Hood, writer DH Lawrence, Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Linconshire sausages and Stilton cheese.  Scramble or walk in the Peak District, Britain’s first national park, discover secret histories in pretty Northamptonshire villages, traipse over the battlefields at Bosworth or Naseby, visit Richard III in Leicester, have a pint in one of Britain’s oldest pubs carved into the sandstone under Nottingham Castle. Be awed by the castle and cathedral dominating the city of Lincoln, stunned by the opulence of Chatsworth, seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and charmed by England’s smallest county, Rutland.

Terror plot planned in peaceful village

Ashby St Ledgers, Northamptonshire

It is hard to associate the Northamptonshire village of Ashby St Ledgers with one of the most notorious terrorist plots of all time.  In fact, despite nestling between Dunstable’s tired industrial estates and the fearsome Daventry International Rail Terminal to the north, you may actually struggle to associate Ashby St Ledgers with the 21st century […]

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Althorp, Northamptonshire

Althorp (sometimes pronounced ‘Awltrup’) is the Spencer family pile in Northamptonshire.  Who amongst us lesser mortals had heard of either the estate or the family before Lady Diana Spencer shot into public awareness like a blazing comet?  Perhaps, some may have vaguely thought, the family was something to do with that other lot, the Marks. 

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Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood

Sudbury Museum of Childhood - the bedroom ceiling

We all like a bit of nostalgia (well, I used to, but it’s not the same now) and I had long looked forward to a visit to this, the National Trust Museum of Childhood.  Friends had waxed lyrical about it and the sign always flashed by provocatively whenever driving along the A50.  So the anticipation

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Geddington’s Queen Eleanor Cross

Geddington is an attractive Northamptonshire village, with Saxon roots.  It boasts an ancient church, St Mary Magdalene, and a ford over the River Ise with an attractive old bridge, said to date from 1250, alongside.  However, it is probably most famous for its Eleanor Cross, the best preserved of three of the twelve original crosses

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The Battle of Bosworth

Battle of Bosworth 22nd August 1485

The Battle of Bosworth is one of those events that changed the course of history.  Fought on the 22 August 1485, Bosworth was the last significant armed encounter of the so-called Wars of the Roses, the medieval dynastic struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster and their allies, which had rumbled on for three

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In search of Robin Hood

Robin Hood is one of England’s enduring legendary heroes.  Deprived of his rightful inheritance and outlawed, Robert of Locksley (or Loxley) shelters in the King’s forest of Sherwood, where he assumes natural leadership over the vagabonds and other outlaws in hiding there, all victims of medieval England’s harsh laws and brutal penalties for infringement.  Robert

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Britain’s National Parks

Lake District National Park

We all know what a national park is.  Although definitions vary, they are usually rural areas of natural (or naturalised) beauty designated as ‘special’ in some way by their national governments.  Normally, the environment within a national park, including its flora and fauna, are protected and there are particular rules about what you can, and

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Eyam, 1665

Eyam, Derbyshire

This is a story about bravery and love.  It covers just one chapter in the long history of the village of Eyam (pronounced ‘Eeem’ *), tucked away in Derbyshire’s Peak District just north of Bakewell.  Casual travellers between Chesterfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith would pass it by without comment – unless they knew: in that case, they

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A bit about the East Midlands

Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Including the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. What can you say about the East Midlands, an area that spawned Tennyson, DH Lawrence, Margaret Thatcher and the legend of Robin Hood?  Sherwood Forest is still there, though it’s a little smaller now; and did you know they’re building a brand-new forest, the

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