Join us for the second part of our story of Compton Verney (read part one here). ‘Remember he is old enough to be your father and you cannot be in love with him. It may be all very fine to be Lady Willoughby de Broke but a coronet will not ensure your happiness.’ Mary Elizabeth... Continue Reading →
Lately, many of us have been missing our visits to local estates and country houses. So I’d like to invite you on a two-part online historical tour of one of Warkwickshire’s most interesting estates, Compton Verney. Currently, the Grade I listed property houses an award-winning art gallery opened by Prince Charles in 2004, but apart... Continue Reading →
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Today I'd like to welcome guest blogger Jann Tracy, author of Marie Corelli: Shakespeare's Champion back to the site. She is going to tell us about local businessman and entrepreneur, Fred Winter. *** In June 1858 Frederick Winter opened his first store in Stratford-upon-Avon, at 17 & 18 High Street. Twenty-three years later, Frederick and... Continue Reading →
Although restrictions on going out for a walk have been relaxed somewhat, must of us won’t be able to visit a maze. But when, in the future, the opportunity arises, a maze is a great way to spend an afternoon. What is the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? The first mazes weren’t actually... Continue Reading →
Although Charlecote Park, Warwickshire is closed at the moment, due to the current social distancing regulations, we can still enjoy its history. Charlecote Park, managed by the National Trust, lies 5.4 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. In the 1550s the estate was at the south edge of the Forest of Arden, but over time the landscape... Continue Reading →