Houghton House is a ruined Jacobean mansion reputed to be the inspiration for the 'House Beautiful' in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. The mansion was built in 1621 by Lady Pembroke, sister of Sir Philip Sidney, and later owned by the Dukes of Bedford. It is now a roofless, romantic ruin.
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Nestling in the Cotswold village of Frampton Mansell lies the Crown Inn. A seventeenth century cider house that is steeped in history and is, quite simply, a perfect village pub. A truly picturesque building, it encapsulates everything a quintessential English pub should be - roaring log fires, delicious, traditional, home-cooked … more >>
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"Coventry stands on the side of a pretty high hill and as you approach it from the adjacent hill you have the full prospect; the spire and steeple of one of the Churches is very high and is thought the third highest in England, in the same Church yard stands another large Church which is something unusual, two such great Churches together, their towers and the rest of the Churches and high buildings make the town appear very fine ..."
Aydon Castle- Corbridge, Northumberland, England
A superb example of a late fortified 13th century manor house. Aydon Castle was constructed as a simple manor, but almost immediately fortified in the light of escalating conflict between Scots and English in modern Northumberland. The fortifications did not stop the Scots from sacking Aydon in 1315. The castle changed hands several times over subsequent years. ... more