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  • Kent Sandwich
    A Meander through the Medieval Streets of Sandwich in Kent

    A Meander through the Medieval Streets of Sandwich in Kent

    This curfew bell, sometimes referred to as the ‘pig bell’ was also a signal that animals could be released into the streets to graze on the rubbish that had accumulated in the streets during the day. A ‘goose bell’ would be rung at 5 in the morning as a signal that it was time to round up all the…

  • Kent Deal
    Discover the Delights of Deal on the Coast of Kent

    Discover the Delights of Deal on the Coast of Kent

    Before the advent of the steamship sailing ships would seek shelter in the stretch of water known as The Downs situated between the shore and the Goodwin Sands. As they lay at anchor waiting for favourable conditions to continue their journey the Deal boatmen would ferry supplies across the water…

  • Hampshire Test Valley and East Hampshire
    Four Extraordinary Estates to Visit in Hampshire, England

    Four Extraordinary Estates to Visit in Hampshire, England

    Ralph Dutton inherited Hinton Ampner from his grandfather, John Dutton, in 1935. By then the building, believed to have been built during the 1540s had morphed under various owners from a Tudor to a Georgian and finally a Victorian mansion. Ralph, a devotee of Georgian architecture, disliked…

  • Hampshire Test Valley and East Hampshire
    Four Highlights of the Test Valley and East Hampshire

    Four Highlights of the Test Valley and East Hampshire

    A dramatic finale to this display involved a bush fire and the sudden appearance of several different birds flying overhead including vultures, storks and ibis. A cheeky meerkats was perched on a rock keeping an eye on the proceedings. Deep, throbbing African music accompanied this incredible…

  • Hampshire Alton
    Alton in Hampshire - All About Jane?

    Alton in Hampshire - All About Jane?

    Jane Austen is not the only famous person to be associated with Alton, another well-known resident was Sweet Fanny Adams. Fanny Adams did actually exist but today she is more commonly associated with the phrase sweet fanny adams that translates as sweet nothing or very little. Her story is told…

  • West Sussex Arundel
    Arundel and its Castle - a West Sussex Gem

    Arundel and its Castle - a West Sussex Gem

    Of particular interest in the castle grounds is the Collector Earl's Garden This incredible garden is decorated with colossal green oak structures surrounded by flowerbeds bursting with colourful blooms. It was established as a memorial to the fourteenth Earl of Arundel who was a friend of the…

  • Isle of Wight Activities
    The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Some Island Lore

    The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Some Island Lore

    Our path took us to the cliff edge where we could see the wild, natural coastline on both sides of us. By this time there was a chill in the air and I could see a light mist creeping towards us. I hoped we were not about to be enveloped in the notorious Swaalien. Would be transported back in…

  • Isle of Wight Hotel Reviews
    The Bembridge Coast Hotel in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

    The Bembridge Coast Hotel in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

    The hotel is situated so close to the coast that the beach is a natural extension of the lovely grounds that surround it. These grounds include a small pitch and putt course and a formal walled garden. Easy access to the beach means guests can walks along the beach. When the tide is out it is…

  • Isle of Wight Activities
    The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and a Featured Walk

    The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and a Featured Walk

    We followed a path that went into the woods before beginning a gradual ascent up the side of Sibden Hill. When we emerged at the top of the hill we had glorious views across the countryside and down to the sea. This hill is also known as the village green. When it was threatened by possible…

  • Buckinghamshire Old Amersham
    Re-live the Good Old Days in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    Re-live the Good Old Days in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    There is a sign on the first house in Amersham proclaiming that the Magistrates for acting for this Hundred have given the peremptory Order to the Constables and other Peace Officers to apprehend all Common Beggars and Ballad Singers and other Vagrants that they may be dealt with according to Law …