Henley In Arden: Thai Cottage

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Located on High Street is the timber framed building now home to the restaurant – Thai Cottage.
The two storey former private dwelling dates to the 17th century and features a jettied gable cross, canted bay window with tiled roof and casement windows.
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The painted brick exterior on Station Road
The building is Grade II listed

 

 

Henley In Arden: Yew Tree House

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Located on High Street is Yew Tree House. Dating to 1579, the timber framed building features a porch with panelled pilasters, a projected canted bay with frieze and casement windows. The iron railings have spear-head finials and the rusticated brick piers of the gate have ashlar ball finials.

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Yew Tree House was the home of William James who was an English Land Agent and Surveyor.
Born in Henley in Arden, he became known as ‘the father of the railway system’. The son of a solicitor, he himself qualified as a solicitor  and was involved in canal and coal interests across the West Midlands.
Yew Tree House is Grade II listed.

 

 

Wootton Wawen: Edstone Lodge

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Located along the A3400 near Wootton Wawen is the Lodge to the former Edstone Hall.
Dating back to c730, the Edstone estate formed part of a monastery owned by the Saxon Ailric.
The Poet William Somerville wrote his famous poem ‘The Chase’ while living at Edstone and the Somerville family held the Hall for six generations. The present Edstone Hall was built in 1939 by the Birmingham Engineer Percy Pritchard.
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Built of sandstone ashlar, the Lodge dates to circa early 19th century. In a Neo-Classical style, the Lodge features a portico with Doric columns and engaged pilasters.
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The Lodge has casement windows with cornices and is Grade II listed

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The pedimented portico with oculus.

Wootton Hall

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Situated in a rural spot in Wootton Wawen  is Wootton Hall. The former country house was built
in 1687 and constructed of Wilmscote stone and ashlar dressings. The house was owned by the Catholic recusant families Carrington, Holford and Smythe and believed to be a centre for Catholic worship during the recusancy. Wootton Hall was one of the first Italian Renaissance Palladian style mansions to be built.
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The facades feature a forward central pediment and sash windows with alternate pediments and quoins.

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The entrance lodge features four Ionic columns on plinths supporting the pediment.

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Pedimented and decorated circular windows adorn the entrance lodge. Wootton Hall is now converted flats and is Grade II listed

Wall: Letocetum

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Located on Watling Street in the village of Wall is the remains of the small Roman town Letocetum. Watling Street was the principle road from London to the West Midlands. Around AD 50, the Roman Fourteenth Legion (Legio XIV Gemina) established a fortress on the hill just beyond the present church.
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The centre of a large rural population, Letocetum had public baths surrounded by a portico and a mansio (Roman Inn). The cobbled street surface is still exposed in places.

 

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The mansio accommodated travelling officers, imperial messengers and visitors and may have housed the town’s administration. The mansio would have had an open central courtyard (atrium) with a formal garden and gallery to the first floor.
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The site is owned by The National Trust and managed and maintained by English Heritage.

Bury St Edmunds: St Edmund Statue

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Set beside the Cathedral in the grounds of the Abbey stands the statue of St Edmund.
The life size bronze sculpture marked the establishment of Suffolk County Council and
as such, the end of the ancient liberty of St Edmund.

 

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Commissioned in 1974, the statue was completed in 1976 and is the work of the English
sculptor and printmaker, Dame Elisabeth Frink.

 

 

Berlin: Hermann von Helmholtz

 

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Located in the atrium of one of Berlin’s oldest universities, Humboldt University, stands the statue
of Hermann von Helmholtz. Born in 1821, Helmholtz was a German physicist and physician who taught at several German universities. Shortly after Humboldt’s death in 1894, a competition was launched for the design of a monument to honour the great scientist. A student of the Berlin Academy of Art, Ernst Herter who later became a famous sculptor, won the competition and the monument was unveiled in 1899. The figure of Helmholtz is Tyrolean marble which stands on a base of Bavarian marble.

 

 

Berlin: Martin Luther Statue

 

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Located outside the Protestant church of St Mary is the bronze statue of the German Monk, Martin Luther. Born in 1483, Luther was a professor of theology and a former Catholic priest. His translation of the Bible later influenced the English King James version and he became a controversial figure in his later years due to the content of his writing. The statue was located at the New Market in 1893 and the bronze figure stands upon a granite pedestal. Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s birth, the statue was moved to its present location outside the church of  St Mary in 1983. The statue was sculpted by the German sculptors Martin Paul Otto and Robert Toberentz who both studied at the Berlin Academy of Art.

 

 

Burton Upon Trent: County Court

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Located on Station Street is the County Court built in 1862 as an Italianate palazzo. The stone faced three storey building features rusticated pilaster sides and is Grade II listed.

 

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The central entablature is carved with the Royal Arms and the motto of the British Monarchy
‘Dieu et mon Droit’ which is French for’ God and my right.’

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The semi-circular headed windows feature keystones, two of which detail carved figure heads (above). The interior of the building features one single court room.