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3:32pm Friday 9th November 2012
Five years ago Oxfordshire celebrated its 1,000th birthday, but I remember thinking at the time —and I hate to carp — that surely counties, like languages, came into existence gradually, rather than with a single event.
3:31pm Friday 9th November 2012
3:26pm Thursday 4th October 2012
3:24pm Thursday 4th October 2012
Fairford Church, just over the county boundary in Gloucesteshire, has the most complete set of early 16th-century stained glass windows in England, consisting of 28 windows dating from 1517, miraculously left more or less undamaged by either Henry VIII’s henchmen in the Reformation, or the Puritans 100 years later.
2:02pm Wednesday 29th August 2012
How Norman was the saint and king, Edward the Confessor, born in Islip in about 1005, and now regarded as one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings? Answer: very. He left England for Normandy when he was only eight years old, and did not return for 28 years — apart from a short visit in 1036, following the death of his step-father King Canute of Denmark and England. Then he reappeared here in 1041, the year before he became King of England.
1:57pm Wednesday 29th August 2012
2:59pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012
2:19pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012
You have a new picture. Where to put it? Take something down, shift things around, a radical rethink, or what? Imagine if you have 29 works of art from the 1950s — rarely-seen paintings, photographs and sculptures — on loan from the Arts Council Collection to hang around the house. This was the task facing Donald Ramsay when the National Trust-owned Georgian mansion, Basildon Park, near Reading, was chosen as one of five properties to host loan pieces from the Arts Council Collection as part of the Trust New Art programme promoting contemporary and modern art in its historic places.
1:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012
12:31pm Wednesday 15th August 2012