Category Archives: History

Wake Up! We’re At Wallington!

What’s the first thing that you did when you became the owner of your home? Sir Charles Trevelyan, his wife, Lady Mary (known as Molly), and their six children aged between 8 and 22 gathered in the central hall of … Continue reading

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For Sweetest Day, Give The Rose Named For A Darling Girl

A gale of chilly wind propelled us down the steep slope from Bamburgh Castle along Radcliffe Road as we scurried past snails, rushed by rose-covered cottages and passed up petting jacketed dogs on walks. I was on a mission to … Continue reading

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This Royal-Watching Joules-Wearer Was On Tenterhooks To Visit Otterburn Mill

You might recognize it as Hogwarts from the first two Harry Potter films, or as Brancaster Castle, the home of Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith Crawley and her husband, Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham. But to Northumbrians, it’s better known … Continue reading

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My Cherished Dream Was Seeing Brockhole, Even In The Pouring Rain

Heavy and persistent rainfall throughout Cumbria isn’t ideal for sightseeing, but when I’ve traveled 3,674 miles to see a beautiful site with Beatrix Potter connections on the east bank of Lake Windermere, I’ll persevere as long as I can. That … Continue reading

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Take An Umbrella And Stout Boots To Wordsworthshire

One of the loveliest let-downs I’ve ever received came in the form of an e-mail from Michael. The retail operations manager at The Wordsworth Shop at Dove Cottage answered my enquiry about the “Knit Your Own Dove Cottage” kit I … Continue reading

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“Epic Scenery! Epic Road Runs! And Perhaps The Occasional Squally Shower!”: More Reasons to Roam The Lake District And Northumberland

Mountains green. Pleasant pastures. Clouded hills. These descriptions of “England’s green and pleasant land” were written in verse by William Blake in 1804, then set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 to sustain Britain’s resolve during World War … Continue reading

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A 136-Foot-Long Diorama Leads To The Study Of A Dentist Who Wrote Westerns

Drive 15 minutes east from Zanesville on the U.S. 40 National Scenic Byway to Norwich, Ohio, and you’ll polish off my third and final “hidden gem”: The National Road and Zane Grey Museum. At this Ohio History Connection site, discover … Continue reading

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