There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours?

There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours?

There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours? [Photo credit: Shutterstock] Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son of Richard, Henry the Whitehead, Elizabeth…

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History of Bolsover Castle

History of Bolsover Castle

  Perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale, on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th-century aristocratic retreat. The exquisite ‘Little Castle’ has remarkable wall-paintings and interiors, and the Riding House is the earliest such building in England to survive complete. Bolsover Castle seen from the air. The Little Castle, on the left, stands on the end of a promontory The Creation of the Little Castle The…

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Sudbury to the Sea (S2C)

Sudbury to the Sea (S2C)

Sudbury to the Sea (S2C) This popular event takes place annually over a weekend in September. Participants navigate the 24½ miles (37km) of the River Stour, from Sudbury to the Cattawade Barrier, enjoying its many delights and seeing parts of the local countryside that are inaccessible by foot or road. It has been part of our calendar in one form or another since the 1970’s and was for many years known as ‘The Length of…

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Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings.

Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings.

Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings. The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates. But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and the…

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Lindisfarne monastery evidence found by amateur archaeologist

Lindisfarne monastery evidence found by amateur archaeologist

 From the BBC section Tyne & Wear Image copyright DIG VENTURESImage captionThe stone was found by a member of the public who had contributed to the crowd-funded dig An amateur archaeologist has unearthed what is believed to be evidence of one of England’s earliest Christian monasteries in a dig on Lindisfarne. The rare grave marker, thought to be from the mid 7th-8th Century, has been described as a “stunning find”. A £25,000 project off the north-east coast…

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English Heritage

English Heritage

Visit English Heritage OUR HISTORY From small beginnings towards the end of the 19th century, the collection of historic places now managed by English Heritage has grown to over 400, inspired by a determination to put England’s heritage ahead of private interest. Visitors at Stonehenge in the 1950s The extraordinary collection of buildings and monuments now in the care of English Heritage began to be amassed in 1882. At that stage heritage was the responsibility…

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