Hardwick Hall

I’ve been to Hardwick Hall before, to visit the gardens and take in one of the walks around the grounds, but on this occasion we went into the hall itself. Bess of Hardwick created the hall in the 1500s and it was renowned for being more glass than wall, making it at the time a very expensive proposition.

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Paycocke’s House and Garden

Paycocke’s House and Garden is a National Trust property in Coggeshall, Essex. The house was built in 1509 by Thomas Paycocke, a wealthy cloth merchant, one of the richest men in Coggeshall. The wool Paycocke produced, known as Coggeshall white, was said to be one of the best cloths in the country.

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Golden Jubilee Sundial, London

Just across from the Houses of Parliament in the Old Palace Yard is the Golden Jubilee Sundial. This was a gift from Parliament to the Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. It is an analemmatic sundial which means it is horizontal and has a vertical gnomon (the part of the sundial that casts a shadow) – in this case the head of the person standing on the appropriate dateline.

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Nottingham Street Art – Part Three

Another post featuring some of the street art to be found around Nottingham.

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Thurland Hall, Nottingham

Thurland Hall is a Grade II listed pub in Nottingham city centre. The architect was G.S. Doughty and the building dates from around 1898-1900. The name Thurland Hall comes from the name of the house of the Earls of Clare which had stood nearby.

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The Museum of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

While visiting the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Lakeside Arts on the University of Nottingham campus we decided to pop next door and visit the Museum of Archaeology, which none of us had been to before. Focusing on artefacts that have been discovered in the East Midlands, the collection is housed in a single room but well worth a visit.

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London Plaques – Part 1

One of the things I keep an eye out for on my travels is plaques, be they official blue or green or otherwise, and London has an abundance of them. Often I’ll recognise the name even if I don’t know a lot about them but I’ll also stumble across an intriguing plaque that leads me to do more research. As such this will be a continuing series, focusing on plaques found in London and the history behind them, from the well-known to the more obscure.

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Stanton Moor Edge and the Earl Grey Tower

Stanton Moor Edge is part of the Peak District in Derbyshire that is, as you can tell by its name, to the edge of Stanton Moor and under the care of the National Trust. Here you can find many natural sandstone rocks and see some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside as well as the intriguing Earl Grey Tower.

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Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Stanton Moor is an area of the Peak District in Derbyshire not far from Matlock and site of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, dating from the Bronze Age. The moor has been used for thousands of years for ceremonies, farming and quarrying.

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Dinosaurs of China Exhibition at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

As mentioned in my post about the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall there is a sister exhibition at the Angear Visitor Centre at Lakeside Arts on the University of Nottingham campus. Here you can find two dinosaur skeletons and a range of different fossils, including the Nottingham Ichthyosaur.

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