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Guidebooks

English Heritage's Red Guides are so much more than guide books. They bring history to life, putting each site in its historical context with vintage photographs, watercolours, reconstructed period floor plans and interviews with people who were part of the history. Alongside these unique guidebooks, English Heritage publishes colourful pictorial histories of its sites, excellent as guide books as well as offering a lasting souvenir of a visit.

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Guidebook: Kirby Hall image
Guidebook: Kirby Hall
Kirby Hall is one of the finest houses built in the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The Hall was begun by Sir Humphrey Stafford in 1570 but later completed by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Ch...

£3.50

Guidebook: Kirkham Priory image
Guidebook: Kirkham Priory
The striking ruins of Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire have a fascinating history. This community of Augustinian priors survived an early attempt to transfer them to the more widespread Cistercian or...

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Guidebook: Lanercost Priory image
Guidebook: Lanercost Priory
Lanercost’s peaceful setting today belies an unusually turbulent history for a monastery. Lying close to the Scottish border, the priory was vulnerable to attack during the Anglo-Scottish wars o...

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Guidebook: Launceston Castle
The ruins of Launceston Castle dominate the town and are a reminder of the former power and authority of the Earls (later Dukes) of Cornwall. Built soon after the Norman Conquest, the castle gained it...

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Guidebook: Marble Hill House image
Guidebook: Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House was built between 1724 and 1729 for Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II, who later became Countess of Suffolk. In this idyllic Thames-side setting she entertained many of the poe...

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Guidebook: Medieval Bishops' Palace image
Guidebook: Medieval Bishops' Palace
The Palace of Medieval Bishops of Lincoln was one of the most impressive buildings of the Middle Ages. The bishops were great princes of the Church and the palace reflected their power and influences....

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Guidebook: Muchelney Abbey image
Guidebook: Muchelney Abbey
Set in the glorious landscape of the Somerset Levels, Muchelney Abbey is an extraordinary survival. A monastery was first founded on the site by King Ine of Wessex in 693 and fragments of an Anglo-Sax...

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Guidebook: Norham Castle image
Guidebook: Norham Castle
Built in the 12th century by a Bishop of Durham, the huge bulk of Norham Castle commands a strong, defensive position above the River Tweed. After withstanding repeated attacks during the 13th and 14t...

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Guidebook: Okehampton Castle image
Guidebook: Okehampton Castle
For 500 years after its Norman beginnings, Okehampton Castle served as a dramatic symbol of the power of its owners. The impressive castle ruins, high on their spur overlooking the valley of the River...

£3.50

Guidebook: Orford Castle image
Guidebook: Orford Castle
Orford Castle was built by Henry II in the 12th century to protect himself against foreign invasion and uprisings by the barons of East Anglia, particularly the powerful Hugh Bigod, who owned Framling...

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Guidebook: Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle has a long history. The Roman fort at Pevensey was built in the late third century and later served as one of the 'Saxon Shore' forts. After the Norman Conquest, a castle with ...

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Guidebook: Portland Castle
Portland Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 to protect an important anchorage known as the 'Portland Roads'. It was one of a series of coastal fortresses designed to protect ...

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Guidebook: Restormel Castle
Restormel Castle sits high above the valley of the river Fowey in Cornwall, the picturesque ruins of the keep now the only remains of a luxurious castle that once belonged to the Black Prince. The fir...

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Guidebook: Rushton Triangular Lodge
Rushton Triangular Lodge, one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain, was built in the 1590s by Sir Thomas Tresham, an Elizabethan knight and landowner. Although fiercely loyal to the queen as...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Tilbury Fort
Tilbury Fort was built in the late 17th century to prevent hostile ships from sailing up the Thames, and is one of the finest surviving examples of a low-profiled artillery fort in the country. There ...

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Guidebook: Totnes Castle
Totnes Castle was built in the early years of the Norman Conquest to dominate the Saxon town of Totnes and the crossing over the River Dart. It was almost certainly constructed by Juhel, one of Willia...

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Guidebook: Wall Roman Site
The Roman town at Wall was an important staging-post on Watling Street, one of the main roads in Roman Britain. The guest house and bath house, the remains of which are still visible today, were used ...

£3.00

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Guidebook: Wenlock Priory
The beautiful ruins of Wenlock Priory have a colourful history, beginning in the 7th century when St Milburge became abbess and brought Wenlock fame through the miracles she performed. In the 11th cen...

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Guidebook: Wernher Collection at Ranger's House
This unique art collection formed by Julius Wernher, is now displayed at Ranger's House, Blackheath. It presents an extraordinary wealth of medieval, Renaissance and later works of art, including ...

£4.50

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