Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8 in City Road (no.75)

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This is my penultimate post of the 8-day tour of London proposed by Mr Bradshaw in his Illustrated Hand Book to London, and a tour which I began in January 2013! But we have not yet finished the tour of London … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Day 8 completed (no.76)

The Manor of Finsbury (or Fensbury) was established in 1104 and granted to the City of London in 1315. The land stretched northwards from the City walls, an area of moors and bogs, but by 1607 Richard Johnson described it … Continued

Travel in France – Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

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The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1528 and 1527 on the site of the mediaeval castle of Ridel d’Azay, a knight in the King’s service. The fortress was built to protect the road from Tours to Chinon. This original building … Continued

Travel in France – Issoudun to Ouistreham

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On the final day of Travel in France we travelled from Issoudun to Ouistreham, with visits to the Chateaux of Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau along the way. The overnight ferry returned us to the UK.

Travel in France – Issoudun

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Issoudun has a long history, with evidence of settlement since at least 2000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was the second largest town in the Berry and one of the stages on the Pilgrim Route from Vézelay to Santiago. It … Continued

Travel in France – St Hippolyte du Fort to Issoudun

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Day 25 of Travel in France and we began the long drive north. Our route was over the Causse de Larzac, the Millau Bridge, and up the motorway. There were several traffic jams, and we diverted briefly along the Lot for a coffee stop. But … Continued

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