Mullion - Perfectly Placed to Explore the Stunning Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall
In spring and early summer, a riot of colourful wild flowers tumbles over the cliff tops on the coastline of the Lizard Peninsula and dip and sway on the verges of the narrow lanes that weave their way across it. This exquisite area of Cornwall has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the traditional Cornish village of Mullion lies right at the heart of it.
New Guided Travel Articles on GPSmyCity.com
The lovely counties of Kent, Hampshire and West Sussex in South East England offer a delightful mix of seaside towns and market towns each with a fascinating history and amazing architecture. An interesting selection of five of these towns, Dover, Deal, Sandwich, Alton, and Arundel is now available as guided travel articles on the website GPSMyCity.
Maidstone and its Legacy from Medieval Archbishops
Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The county is also referred to as the Garden of England thanks to its rich agricultural land that supports a variety of crops and large, flourishing orchards. It has a wealth of historical buildings including a timber-framed Tudor inn and an Archbishop’s Palace and the amazing Mote Park.
Highlights of Historic Dover
Dover has a splendid promenade, the Esplanade, that stretches between its white cliffs at one end of the town to the large port at the other. The New Marina Pier offers a great walk and good views of the working docks on one side and the White Cliffs of Dover on the other. This Esplanade was conceived by specialist architects "Tonkin Liu":http://www.tonkinliu.co.uk and opened in 2010. It features three sculptural artworks, Lifting Wave, Resting Wave, Lighting Wave representing different aspects of Dover and its relationship to the sea ...
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 animals and take them home. Fortunately, for the inhabitants this tradition has been abandoned …
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 to them. The locals also made money from the recovery of ‘slipped anchors’ – cut loose by ships in trouble on the sands – which they sold at auction ...
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 Victorian architecture ...
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 display ...
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 in the Curtis Museum and her grave can be seen in the town’s cemetery on the Old Oldham Road.
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 famous architect Inigo Jones and a keen collector of art. The oak structures have been created from drawings by Inigo including Oberon’s Palace, the centrepiece. This oak building features a decorative arch over the doorway, four hanging turrets and a higher dome covered in hand scalloped cedar shingles that looked as though they have been covered with gold.