Category Archives: Midlands

122. Coughton Court – 1/9/2017

From the second you walk into Coughton Court (pronounced Coaton), you will be assailed by Throckmortons, with virtually every inch of wall covered with family portraits. Twenty generations of the family have lived there since 1409 when Sir John Throckmorton … Continue reading

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118. Dudmaston – 20/7/2017

My visit to Dudmaston could best be described as a game of two halves: I arrived in time for the Hidden Stories talk, but then took a break from the history to meet an old friend for lunch (which ran … Continue reading

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103. Hanbury Hall – 13/3/2017

As I have done for the past few years, I used my annual trip to the Cheltenham horse racing festival to get my NT visits underway and headed off to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire the day before the horses took … Continue reading

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101. Eyam Hall & Craft Centre – 16/10/2016

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my visit to Eyam (pronounced ‘Eem’). Like many people, I was only familiar with this Derbyshire village because of the plague outbreak of 1665 and 1666, which killed 260 people, a huge proportion … Continue reading

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100. Woolsthorpe Manor – 6/10/2016

100! I’m still not even halfway through my list of properties but it certainly feels good to reach this particular milestone. I’m into triple figures at last. And at the same time, I’ve ticked off my third completed county with … Continue reading

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99. Clumber Park – 5/10/2016

Perhaps the first thing most visitors to Clumber Park will notice is its size. Driving in towards the main visitor car park, it actually feels less like a park and more like a small principality! There are road signs inside the … Continue reading

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98. Mr Straw’s House – 5/10/2016

Mr Straw’s House is one of the National Trust’s genuine oddities. It is a simple red-brick townhouse on the outskirts of Worksop – the only semi-detached house in the street – and would never have even registered on the Trust’s … Continue reading

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