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  • National Heritage Training Group: Training is the key to our industry

    Cathie Clarke talks about her new job as general manager of the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) … she never dreamt that a small dry stone walling project over a decade ago would lead to her rewarding role in the industry.

  • St Edmundsbury: A church becomes a cathedral

    The memory of King Edmund, killed in 869, still burns bright in the much restored and skilfully extended St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk.

  • Hills and Hollows, Barnack: History of Barnack stone

    People interested in stone know that famous cathedrals, like Ely and Peterborough, were built from Barnack stone. But how many know the history of the famous quarry, which was originally worked by the Romans?

  • Norwich Castle: Castle reflects military might

    A square keep, trapped in the middle of Norwich’s bustling city, is all that remains of a huge castle complex built in 1094 that eventually expanded over a 23 acre site.

  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire: Palace fit for a king

    Blenheim Palace is close to the busy little town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire. It was built to reward John Churchill for beating the French army in Germany, but during construction another battle loomed…with Queen Anne.

  • Major Church Restoration Project: Death Watch Beetle Damage

    There is nothing more beautiful than a British church. Standing solid amid the countryside they look like they could stand for a Millennium. But there is one tiny wood-boring beetle that could bring the roof crashing down.

  • Lady Willoughby de Eresby: A Lady of Substance

    After 30 or more years Lady Willoughby de Eresby is standing down as President of the Men of the Stones. Here, in a farewell interview, she talks to editor Mel Russ about her time as head of the charity.

  • Appreciating Stamford, Lincolnshire: A mason's work is never done!

    Appreciating Stamford, Lincolnshire: A mason's work is never done!

    Editor Mel Russ, who lived in Stamford for a number of years, takes a brief tour around the town and imagines what it must have been like when stagecoaches rolled over the bridge that spans the River Welland.

  • St Mary's Church, Ickworth restoration: Fred looks after the family

    St Mary's Church, Ickworth restoration: Fred looks after the family

    When St Mary’s church, which sits on what’s left of the Hervey estate at Horringer, near Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk, looked like becoming a ruin, the 8th Marquess of Bristol set about raising money to restore the building where most of his ancestors are buried.

  • Littlecote House, Wiltshire: The Romans meet the Tudors

    Littlecote House, Wiltshire: The Romans meet the Tudors

    For a rare treat visit Littlecote House on the Wiltshire-Berkshire border where you can visit the Tudor house, stroll down to the site of a Roman villa and even wonder what the estate must have been like when it was the home to a regiment of American paratroopers!

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