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This England

This England is the quarterly magazine for all who love our green and pleasant land and are unashamedly proud of their English roots. Published since 1968 the magazine has now become one of England’s best loved magazines and has a readership of over 115,000 people from around the world. As well as being popular in England it outsells all other British heritage magazines in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and is sent to readers in every country of the world. Published in Cheltenham, in the heart of picturesque Gloucestershire, the magazine is edited, printed and despatched direct from England. Subscribe today and celebrate all that is best about England and the English way of life.


‘ENGLISH EXCURSIONS’ (continued) Left: Harwich’s Treadmill Crane, a kind unique to Britain. Right: The recently restored lighthouses at Dovercourt; Harwich High Light; Harwich Low Light; The Electric Palace Cinema; LV18, the last surviving example of a Trinity House manned light vessel in British waters. It’s a huge circular fort built in 1808 to defend this coast against invasion from Napoleon. On two levels, you can see original cannons and other firearms on display, while a series of rooms cut into the stone walls of the lower level show reconstructions of how the men who manned the fort lived day to day. Harwich boasts two lighthouses, one unexpectedly standing in the centre of the town. This is the High Light, 90 feet tall and 150 yards from the Low Light, half the size and nearer the sea. In 1818, when the two lighthouses were built, they worked as a pair. Sailors would position their vessels so that one light was seen directly above the other, as an aid to guiding their ships through the coast’s shallow waters. In 1863, as sea currents shifted, the lighthouses were decommissioned and two new cast-iron lighthouses, still standing and recently restored, were built to serve a similar purpose nearby at Dovercourt. These days, the older Harwich lower lighthouse is a maritime museum, and the higher one houses the National Wireless and Television Museum. A short walk along the coastal path from the Harwich Low Light you’ll find the Treadwheel Crane, used in the town’s naval yard from 1667 until as late as 1927. Men walking around the interior of two gigantic wheels worked this type of crane, whose design is unique to Britain. Strolling from here to the town quay, you pass along King’s Quay Street and the Electric Palace Cinema. It’s one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the country, offering an eclectic programme, ranging from the latest blockbusters to cult films and vintage silent movies. On your way to the quay, watch out for the many murals that decorate walls around the town. The Angelgate Mural painted along a wall in Wellington Road depicts all the major landmarks of Harwich. Among many others is one that depicts what Captain Jones might have looked like, along with his ship and house. Another shows the signing of the Mayflower Compact, a ceremony which took place during the original voyage, and which many believe was a forerunner of the US Constitution. A great many wall plaques around the town bring you information about people and events for which Harwich is famous. At the town quay, you’ll find the Ha’penny Pier, where you can stroll out to sea and enjoy a cup of good English tea in the, hopefully, English sunshine. The name of the pier dates back to 1853 when admission was charged at half a penny, or ha’penny. (This was in the days when British currency consisted of 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound.) Moored alongside the pier is LV18, the last surviving example of a Trinity House manned light vessel in British waters. As a provider of marine navigation aids, Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. Light vessels like this, moored off the coast, once performed similar functions to lighthouses. Decommissioned in 1958, LV18 has now been restored and transformed into a fascinating museum. It’s just another way in which history mixes with mystery in this part of unexpected Essex. JOHN WADE Further Information Visit Essex, Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH Tel: 03330 130177 Historic Harwich, Tourist Information Centre, Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE Tel: 01255 686633 Mayflower Project, George Street, Harwich, Essex CO12 3ND Tel: 01255 318023 20 THIS ENGLAND, Winter, 2017

EXPLORE ENGLAND 2018 Gardens, castles and stately homes, historic towns and cities, picturesque villages and stunning countryside, working museums, heritage railways, ancient settlements and literary landmarks…England has something for everyone, and in this latest edition of Explore England we have put together a collection of articles (published for the first time) that will provide readers with some great ideas when planning days out or longer breaks. An added bonus is that, even if you do not plan to visit any of the places featured, the articles are so informative, the colour photographs so beautiful and evocative of all that is best about England, the 100 pages are sure to keep you entertained for hours and remain of interest far beyond 2018. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: TRANSPORTS OF DELIGHT: We pay a visit to the Oxford Bus Museum, where exhibits such as a preserved horse-drawn tram, motor buses, coaches and a wide selection of artefacts recall travel in days gone by. Classic Morris cars and 40 vintage bicycles are also on display. NORTHUMBERLAND’S CROWNING GLORIES: Celebrating the climb and spectacular views from the county’s highest peaks of Cheviot and Hedgehope. FOTHERINGHAY’S PLACE IN ROYAL HISTORY: This tiny Northamptonshire village, site of a former castle, boasts a wealth of royal history including the birth of Richard III and the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. We go on a journey of discovery. Just £6.99 to UK New Softback, 100 pages. ENGLAND’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES: From the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire and Studley Royal Park in Yorkshire, to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, there are 20 places in England recognised by UNESCO for their great beauty and historic importance. We look at what makes them so special. WELCOME TO ELY: A long-time resident takes us on a tour of the historic cathedral city, whose magnifi cent ecclesiastical structure dominates views of the fenland countryside for miles around. Annual events include festivals devoted to apples (including a longest apple-peeling competition!) and ploughing with horses. Just £6.99 to UK overseas £9.99. US $20; Can $21; Aus $22; NZ $26. As in previous years there is a useful region-by-region section providing information about places to visit in each county, a useful diary of events and numerous other illustrated features. Please order now for delivery in March 2018. Code: TXP18 0800 074 0188 (FREE from UK landlines) Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm overseas: +44 1382 575052 This England Publishing Ltd., P.O. Box 814, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 9LQ. E-mail: Dollar prices are subject to exchange rate variation if payment is made by debit/credit card. A transaction fee may apply.

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