A hidden glory in a tiny alley in Gloucester….

Since the middle of the last century the city of Gloucester has been spoiled by dubious, half-witted planning decisions, but there are still some wonderful gems to be found. Everyone knows the cathedral, of course (thankfully it escaped planning notice, or it too might have been “improved” in finest 1960s fashion. Heaven forfend indeed. But… Continue reading A hidden glory in a tiny alley in Gloucester….

A gem of a property, dating from the late 15th century, hidden away in Dorset….

Well, Athelhampton House may by officially Tudor, but I think ‘late 15th century’ might be House of York as well. Not because of Richard, alas, but Henry VII did marry Elizabeth of York, so the Plantagenets were still there, annoying Henry. I’m thinking of John, Earl of Lincoln, of course, and Perkin Warbeck. Oh, if… Continue reading A gem of a property, dating from the late 15th century, hidden away in Dorset….

The oldest house in England, once lived in by the Conqueror’s brother. . .?

Well, it was lived in by Odo, that’s for sure, but “The assertion that a particular house is the oldest in the country is as impossible to prove as it is to refute, but Luddesdown Court probably has as good a claim as any – and it’s now on the market. “ “The sales details… Continue reading The oldest house in England, once lived in by the Conqueror’s brother. . .?