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Hidden Britain - Croyland Abbey

Croyland Abbey Croyland Abbey is a lovely 8th century abbey, parts of which have survived as the parish church of Crowland village.

Sharp-eyed readers will note that the name of the abbey and the village are spelled differently. The discrepancy is rumoured to be the result of a mistake in spelling by a medieval monk.

The abbey was founded in the early 8th century. The story goes that St Guthlac chose Crowland, which was then little more than an island rising out of the surrounding fens,  as the site for a hermit's cell. Guthlac came to Crowland on St. Bartholomew's Day, 699 AD, so he dedicated his cell to St Bartholomew.

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Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle One of the most striking castles in England may hold a legendary treasure.

The castle is Beeston, in Cheshire, a 13th century fortress set atop a 500 foot high cliff. The site now occupied by the castle has been used as a fortress since at least the Bronze Age. The current castle was built by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, around 1226.

Ranulf built Beeston in the style of the Saracen fortresses he had seen in Syria while he was on Crusade. Ranulf and his son both died before Beeston was completed, and the castle passed to the crown. It was used by Henry III as a garrison and prison during his Welsh wars, and the defenses were later strengthened by Edward II.

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What is Heritage?

Hi, my name is David Ross, and I have the pleasure of being the Heritage Editor for The History Herald. Consider me your roving history reporter. Over the coming months I'll be poppiing up in unexpected places, and giving you the lowdown on some pretty nifty historic places to visit aound the UK.

I'm pretty excited about exploring the heritage of Britain in your company, and I hope you'll enjoy looking over my shoulder as we delve into the best of British heritage, history, and culture.

To start us off, here's a question that has puzzled me for some time; what exactly is this thing I call 'heritage'?

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Petworth House Hosts Unique Turner exhibition

Petworth House - National-Trust Images - Arnhel de SerraTurner’s Sussex, at the National Trust’s Petworth House, will be the first exhibition to bring together the East and West Sussex works of JMW Turner, one of the nation’s greatest painters.

Opening on 12 January 2013, the exhibition features more than 40 carefully selected loaned exhibits of Turner’s Sussex works, drawn from major national collections including Tate, the V&A, and the British Museum, as well as from regional collections and private owners.

Turner’s Sussex takes place in Petworth’s newly refurbished Exhibition Gallery in its historic Servants’ Quarters building.

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