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Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle has stood guard over the Trent Valley for centuries, especially during the time of unsettled political rivalry that seemed common place until the late seventeenth century.  The only way for anyone attempting to attack the fortress had to be along a steep narrow gully rising from the town.  To do this was potentially […]

Three Cotswolds Gardens & A Country Park

By Brian Spencer Travelling south on a Slack’s Travel coach, we made a stop for our driver’s statutory break at the Georgian spa town of Royal Leamington Spa.  Wide streets lined by pure white elegant Cotswolds stone terraces built in the Regency stile, made a perfect introduction to the countryside of our destination. We were […]

The Jurassic Coast from the Sea

by Steve Belasco Former newspaper photographer and Derby resident Steve Belasco resettled to the beautiful county of Dorset many years ago.  Still involved in the media business, he now splits his time between magazine production work and his career as an award-winning marine photographer, afloat on the waters off the Jurassic Coast and has recently […]

Abandoned Villages

by Brian Spencer A quick look at the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale map of the White Peak shows that the region has a history going back thousands of years. Gothic lettered map symbols indicating tumuli, stone circles, field systems or cairns tell us that our forefathers lived and farmed on what are now the high […]

A look at Derbyshire’s Melbourne

by Brian Spencer Sited comfortably above Trent Valley’s flood plain, and away from busy through roads, Melbourne has grown from the original settlement around the ancient market cross. Georgian town houses and small independent shops and cosy pubs, together with an attractive manor house record the oldest part of Melbourne, allowing modern development to fill […]

Exploring Kent

by Brian Spencer The only time I have previously travelled through Kent was on my way to Dover for the crossing to France.  Even from the motorway it looked an attractive place, well earning its title as the Garden of England.  Both Sheila and I had decided that if the opportunity ever arose, then we […]