South East

Places to visit in South East England.  South East England is the most densely populated, and most prosperous, region in Britain outside London.  It stretches from Kent in the east through East and West Sussex to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along the coast and also includes Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  There are two national parks, the South Downs and the New Forest, pretty villages and historic cities like Canterbury and Oxford.  Castles, stately homes and gardens are almost everywhere – Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace and Wisley, for example – and theme parks like Legoland. Maritime Heritage can be found at the revived naval docks of Portsmouth and Chatham.  The weather is often good too.  The drawback to the south east is that it is busy – and can be expensive.

We went to London for the Coronation

Coronation of King Charles III

We did.  A few other people came along too.  Actually, we didn’t only go to London; we went to Slough.  And Windsor.  And London again.  As the Coronation of Charles III was a moment in time, it seems appropriate to share a few inadequate photographs of this experience with you, dear reader, as well as

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Coombes Church, chancel arch

The tiny, downland, Church of Coombes is one of the most extraordinary English churches I have ever seen.  There are thousands of medieval churches in Britain, each one illuminating parts of our nation’s story.  Though not a religious man, I am a long-standing member of the “Oh Look, There’s a Church, Let’s Go in” Club

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Rutupiae, gateway to Britain

Rutupiae, Richborough Roman Fort

Richborough has always fascinated me.  Caesar may have landed near Deal but it was at Richborough, a century later, that the story of Roman Britain really began.  It was in this corner of Kent that part of Emperor Claudius’ 40,000 strong invasion force landed in 43 AD.  They quickly established a beachhead, throwing up defensive

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St Martin’s and Rupert Bear

St Martin's, Canterbury

The Venerable Bede tells us that, in 597 AD (1425 years ago in 2022), St Augustine landed on the Isle of Thanet, in Kent, with some forty companions.  Their purpose was to spread the news of eternal joy in heaven and an everlasting kingdom with the living and true God.  In those days, the most

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Walmer and the Warden of the Cinque Ports

Walmer, Warden of the Cinque Ports

We strolled to Walmer Castle from Deal in September sunshine.  Infamous as the place where the Duke of Wellington died, Walmer Castle was one of Henry VIII’s so-called ‘device forts’, a network of artillery strongholds built to protect England against possible French invasion.  Naturally, we have retained a few of these, just in case.  Walmer

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Discovering and visiting Mary Rose

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In the story of the Mary Rose, we took a brief look at the history of the famous Tudor warship, said to be a favourite of Henry VIII’s, that sank without warning on 19 July 1545, with the tragic loss of about 500 lives. Now, we hear a bit about her recovery, her treasures, what

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The story of the Mary Rose

The Solent

Every now and again, something takes our breath away.  I thought I knew roughly what to expect when visiting the Mary Rose Museum.  I broadly knew the story: the 16th century English warship, a favourite of Henry VIII’s, that sank with the tragic loss of most hands.  I remembered when she was raised from the

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