Braemar News

Remember my visit to Braemar Castle in May?  The community continue to restore the castle, and it has just recently been officially re-opened by HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales.

How exciting for them!  They are a great example of what a community can do to rescue historic properties in danger, and I look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.

Link to news article about the re-opening here.  It was a while ago now, meant to post this earlier!

How About This One Then – But There’s a Twist to the Tale

Many of you agreed that we should buy Tillycairn Castle.  Hey guys, I’m still waiting for the mortgage money!

I was amazed to see another beautiful historic property up for sale this soon, and so beautifully restored it made the news…though sadly not for the right reasons.

Apethorpe Hall, Northamptonshire was actually bought from it’s last owner with a compulsory purchase order.  It had basically been left to rot over about a 20 year period and potentially could have been re-developed.  Yay, you may think the government stepped in, saved it and restored it.  All good so far.

The twist is that British taxpayers footed the 7.6m bill, and it is now up for sale for just 4m.  The new owners, should they purchase, will still have a large amount of work to do, but the taxpayer who saved this property will only have access to see it for 28 days a year, for 21 years.  Is it just me, or does this just seem wrong?

Certainly more pricey than Tillycairn.  I want that one.

Interesting History Stuff You May Have Missed…

I do keep tabs on interesting history articles that come up in the news, but often forget to mention them here.  Two in particular caught my eye in the past week or so.

Firstly, about Elizabeth I, and secondly Shakespeare.  A postive orgy of Elizabethan stuff…had to mention them both together.

  • A rare portrait of Elizabeth has been unearthed at Boughton House, Northamptonshire.  Rare because there are only 2 other known portaits in existence of Elizabeth before she became queen.  The extra good news is that the portrait is on display to the public so we can all go and see it!

You can read the full article at the BBC News page, and find more information about the Duke of Buccleuch’s residence at Boughton House.

  • Interesting Shakespeare information being that his tomb is due to be restored despite his curse!  It is said that anyone disturbing the tombstone will receive a curse for their trouble.  Rather them than me I say…

Again, you can read the full article here.  I visited Stratford Upon Avon years ago, quite fancy going back to Shakespeare’s birthplace one of these days.  I don’t think I’ve made it to Boughton House either, looks beautiful.

I’ve been going through all my information in order to write about the historic places I’ve been, and perhaps some of you would like to go to.  Hope to do this soon.

Please Help Find Madeleine…

Four-year-old Madeleine McCann has been in the news a lot lately. For those of you that don’t know, she was abducted from her parents’ holiday apartment on the 3 May.

There seems little we can do to help, so I’m posting a video appeal here in the hope that someone, somewhere on the web might recognise her. ||

Thank you for listening.