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Windsor

Windsor Castle
Lincoln
Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Castle
St Mary's Guiildhall



Gainsborough
Gainsborough Old Hall

 
Grantham
Belton House
Angel & Royal Hotel 


Bolingbroke Bolingbroke Castle
 
Kettering
Rushton Hall

Norfolk
Blickling Hall
Felbrigg Hall

Salisbury
Stonehenge
Newark
Newark Castle

Peterborough Peterborough Cathedral

Warwick
Warwick Castle
Kenilworth Castle
 

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Windsor

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle dating back to the 11th century and William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I (1100 – 1135) it has been used by the English Monarch and has undergone substantial enlargements and improvements from Henry II (1154 – 1189)  up to the present Queen Elizabeth II who uses it as a private residence during her weekends and also for ceremonial and State occasions. READ MORE


Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, is one of England’s finest Gothic cathedrals. Located in the historic city of Lincoln, it was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1072 and was constructed on the site of an Anglo Saxon church. The building was completed in 1092 under the supervision of Bishop Regimus. In 1142 it was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt and expanded by Bishop Alexander (known as ‘the Magnificent’). READ MORE

 


Lincoln Castle

Located in the city of Lincoln, which by Norman times, rated third in prosperity and importance of the cities in England. Something that was due to its location and proximity of roads and rivers. Following the defeat of the English by William Duke of Normandy (William the Conqueror) at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William encountered resistance to his rule particularly in the North of the country and wished to consolidate his position; one such way of doing this was to construct a number of castles. In 1068 he commenced the construction of Lincoln Castle on the site of the former Roman fort at the top of the hill. READ MORE
 



St. Mary's Guildhall

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St Mary's Guildhall, Lincoln is a domestic complex, which is believed to have been constructed as a town house for Henry II’s crown-wearing ceremonies of Christmas READ MORE


 



Gainsborough

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough_Old_HallGainsborough Old Hall is one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in England. Dating from around 1460’s the Hall has an impressive Great Hall; original medieval kitchen with large fireplaces; East and West ranges containing a number of rooms and a corridor which is reputably haunted. READ MORE
 




 

Grantham

Belton House

Located on the outskirts of Grantham, Lincolnshire, the Grade I listed building of Belton House is one of the finest examples of Carolean (Restoration) Architecture, which became popular following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. 

Set in parkland and a number of gardens, the estate contains an orangery and, although not part of Belton House, the grounds contain the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul which dates back to Norman times and is the burial place of many of the previous owners of the estate. READ MORE

 



 

Angel & Royal Hotel



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The Angel and Royal Hotel located in Grantham, Lincolnshire is officially the oldest Inn in England. Starting as a hostel, it was built and run by the Knights Templar and has served as such since 1203. It has accommodated a number of Royals including King John and Charles I. Today it is owned by Trust House Forte and is a Grade I Listed Building.  READ MORE



 



Bolingbroke Castle



Bolingbroke_CastleBolinbroke Castle was built by the powerful Norman baron, Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Lincoln and Chester, following his return from the fifth crusade in 1220.  The castle was constructed during 1220-1230 in the same design as two of Ranulf’s other castles, one being in Beeston, Cheshire and the other in Chartley, Staffordshire.  Bolingbroke is an enclosure castle, having a defensive perimeter curtain wall, supported by five towers and two gatehouse towers, it has no central keep.  READ MORE

 



Kettering

Rushton Hall

Acquired by William Tresham in 1438, Rushton Hall remained in the Tresham family for nearly 200 years. During that time it was developed to incorporate a number of architectural styles.  Rushton Hall survived Francis Tresham’s involvement in the Gunpowder Plot!! His involvement in the Plot resulted in his death in the Tower of London in 1605.   The Hall then passed to his son Lewis Tresham who sold it to Sir William Cockayne in 1619. The estate later came back to the Treshams through the marriage of the then owner, the 2nd Viscount Cullan to Elizabeth Tresham, although it subsequently had to be sold as a result of the couple’s extravagant life style. READ MORE


 


Norfolk

Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall is located in the village of Blickling, north of Aylsham, Norfolk and dates back to the 11th century when it was the manor house of Harold Godwinson who, on the death of King Edward the Confessor, become the King of England. Following Harold’s death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the succession of William I, the house was given by William to his chaplain. By 1091 it had become the Bishops’ country palace. READ MORE


Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall is located at Felbrigg near Norwich, Norfolk and at one time was one of the largest estates in Norfolk. The heart of the estate was built up before the Norman Conquest by the Bigod family who settled following the Danish invasions of the 9th century. The Domesday Book survey in 1086 recorded the village as a possession of the Bigod family, although it is believed to have been owned at one time by Gyrth Godwinson, the brother of King Harold the English King who was defeated at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. READ MORE



Salisbury
Stonehenge
 
Located 13 km from Salisbury in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. 
The first major construction at Stonehenge was a circular ditch, with an inner and outer bank built about 3000 BCE. With its two entrances, the ditch enclosed an area about 100 metres in diameter. Today the banks are visible as low grass earthworks, but a great part of the external bank has been ploughed up. The ditch on the eastern side was excavated in the 1920’s making it deeper than the western side. READ MORE

 
Newark
Newark Castle
 
Built originally around 1070 as a Norman Motte and Bailey earthwork fortress to replace a Saxon fortified manor which had existed on the site in Nottinghamshire since the 10th century. The castle developed around 1133 – 35 when Henry I granted Bishop Alexander of Lincoln - who was the Lord of the Manor of Newark - permission to build a castle this developed into a stone construction towards the end of the 12th century. READ MORE
 


Peterborough
 
Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral was built on the site of a monastic settlement in 655, by King Peada, Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, and was one of the first Christian centres in central England. Destroyed by the Vikings in the 9th century it and its church was rebuilt and developed over the years. Suffering damage during the revolt of Hereward the Wake in the 11th century the church was to be destroyed by fire in 1116. In 1536 it was to become the burial place of Catherine of Aragon, the wife of Henry VIII, and it was Henry who made it a Cathedral in 1541, possibly due to Catherine being buried there. Also buried there at one time, was Mary Queen of Scots before her body was transferred to Westminster Abbey. READ MORE
 

Warwickshire
 
Warwick Castle
 
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