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Anglesey Abbey is a Jacobean style manor house built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory located just north of Cambridge. What remained of the priory was purchased by Thomas Hobson around 1600 and was converted to a country home for his son-in-law. Huttleston Broughton, who became the first Lord Fairhaven, purchased the …

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Anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice has heard of Ramsgate.  It is, of course, the seaside town where Darcy set his 15-year-old sister, Georgiana, up with her own establishment.  The move proves to be a tremendous mistake when he discovers his childhood friend and son of his father’s steward, George Wickham, follows her there …

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Deal, Kent is a small town on the English Channel.  It lies north-east of Dover and south of the town of Ramsgate (Yes, Pride and Prejudice fans–Ramsgate!).  I will say that the drive from London is beautiful.  Kent is hills and valleys and at times when the brush clears along the side of the motorway, you …

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I know I have quoted this often when referring to Stourhead, but I do mean it.  “If it were merely a fine house richly furnished,” said she, “I should not care about it myself; but the grounds are delightful. They have some of the finest woods in the country.”   Mrs Gardiner would have had …

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In eastern England, there is a swamp region called “The Fens.”  The Fens are the lowest lying region in the United Kingdom with some areas below sea level.  Roman hydraulics and medieval drainage methods have been discovered in this region but the modern draining of the Fens began in the 1630’s, resulting in what is …

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Ickworth House is an estate near Bury St. Edmunds in the county of Suffolk.  It is not as old as many of the estates in England, but it earns points for size and style. The building of Ickworth began in 1795, by the 4th Earl of Bristol, Frederick Augustus Hervey.  Hervey, who was also the …

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