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days out

Day trip to Southampton: history hunting (part 2 family)

Our visit to Southampton this half term was a fun day out exploring the history of the area as described in my part 1 blog post. But we also took time to look for places that have a family history connection for me. My dad’s paternal grandparents and ancestors lived and worked in Southampton. On […]

Day trip to Southampton: history hunting (part 1)

Yay! Half term at last (a week later than most other people!) We spent a windy but wonderful day in Southampton, exploring the past. We began at Bargate which was the main entrance to the city in Norman times, before exploring more of the historic walls. Zach has been learning about castles and fortifications this […]

A winter visit to Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House

Last summer we visited Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House in Hampshire. Tickets are valid for a year so me and my mum decided to visit them both in winter to see the seasonal contrast and enjoy some festive sights. Jane Austen’s House is currently undergoing significant roof works. It doesn’t looks quite so picturesque […]

Exploring Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings battlefield

Our last day out of summer was to Battle to visit the Abbey and the battlefield which was the scene of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The site is run by English Heritage and we had free entry due to our membership. The Abbey’s magnificent gatehouse hosts an exhibition about life at the site […]

Rochester Castle, Guildhall Museum and Cathedral

On our way to Dymchurch in Kent, we visited Rochester. We began by using our English Heritage membership to visit the Castle. The inside of the keep is quite magnificent with multiple floors accessed via spiral staircases. Matthew was a bit scared but bravely persevered to reach the top! Anya boldly led the way, fearless […]