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Welwyn Roman Baths

Lying hidden beneath the A1(M) motorway just off the Welwyn by-pass, Welwyn Roman Baths are the fascinating 3rd century remains of the bathing complex that once formed part of the Dicket Mead Roman villa. The villa has not been fully excavated, however it is believed…

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Caistor Roman Town, Venta Icenroum

The Roman town of Venta Icenorum ‘market place of the Iceni’ was established c.70 AD as the capital of the Iceni tribe – the tribe made infamous in 61 AD when their queen, Boudicca, led a revolt against Roman rule. During the Roman occupation large…

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

The Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the prolific Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and first opened to the public over 150 years ago, after a long period of construction. In 1829 a competition was opened to design a bridge to cross the river Avon…

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Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Bramall Lane, Sheffield is the oldest professional football stadium in the world. Built in 1855 as a cricket ground, it hosted its first football game in 1862, between Hallam FC and Sheffield FC. The Sheffield Independent (30 December 1862) covered the game, including details about…

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Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton

Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton

Brighton Palace Pier, opened on 20 May 1899, was built as a pleasure pier to entertain and delight the high number of visitors brought by Britain’s growing railway network. Designed by Richard Saint George Moore on behalf of the Brighton Marine and Palace Pier Company,…

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IRA Stoke Newington 1992 shootout

Despite being a methodical and highly problematic adversary to UK authorities for over 30 years, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) did not always execute its plans as they were designed, as was the case on the 14th of November 1994.  At 1 pm a…

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Kenneth Howorth Memorial

The story of the Troubles is a tale fraught with terror and devastation, for a very long period of time the IRA cast a vast shadow over the city of London. However, for the citizens of the British Capital there were shining beacons of optimism…

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Docklands Bombing 1996

The resolution of the Troubles and the peace that has been enjoyed since were not always as assured as it may now seem, on numerous occasions the peace process could have collapsed completely. On the 9th of February 1996 a massive Provisional Irish Republican Army…

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Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort, named Vinovia by the Romans, is located just over 1 mile outside of the town of Bishop Auckland. The fort is the largest in County Durham and dates from the 1st century AD, a time when Roman occupation was still a relatively…

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Piercebridge Roman Fort and Bridge

Visitors to the village of Piercebridge will find not one, but two Roman sites to enjoy - a Roman bridge and a Roman fort.  The first bridge to be built at Piercebridge was constructed to cross the River Tees at the point where the Roman…

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Ravenglass Roman Bath House

The impressive remains of Ravenglass Roman bath house are the tallest and most substantial to be found in northern Britain. Built around 130 AD, the bath house served the nearby fort and civilian settlement (vicus) at Ravenglass.  The fort’s location at Ravenglass harbour gave the…

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Piddington Roman Villa

Following the Roman occupation of Britain, an increasing number of rural homes were built across the province. Named ‘villas’ these complexes were in theory the Roman equivalent of farms, however a secondary, perhaps more accurate, definition would be that they were rural dwellings of some…

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