Bolling Hall Museum, Bradford

Description and era: The existing building was completed in 1370 and extended in the 1400’s. Before this the Manor consisted of a set of wooden framed buildings. Subsequent modifications have been made through the centuries. History: – The first known reference to the Manor of Bolling was in the Domesday Book in 1086. It had … Read more

Whaley House, San Diego, California

Description: The house was built by Thomas Whaley in 1856-1857 and is the oldest brick structure in Southern California. At the time it was built the Greek-Revival-style house was the most magnificent example of architecture in the area. It cost $10,000. History: – American parapsychologist Hans Holzer and others have said that the Whaley House … Read more

Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire

Description: This seven-storey castle in Alford is an L-shaped tower. With its little turrets and pinkish hue, it looks very much like something out of a fairytale! Era: It was built in the early 17th Century and has been called the “epitome of the Jacobean Renaissance in Scotland”. History: Craigievar was completed by William Forbes, … Read more

Fyvie Castle, Turrif, Aberdeenshire

Description: An impressive building that was formerly a royal stronghold, Fyvie features five towers and is possibly one of the finest examples of Scottish Baronial architecture. Era: A castle has been on this site since 1211 but most of the existing castle was built in the 14th/15th century. History: – William the Lion was at … Read more

Appuldurcombe House, Isle of Wight

Description: A 300-year-old manor house in Wroxall, with 52 function, bed and dining rooms. Era: The existing building dates back to the early 18th century, but there has been a house on the site since 1200. History: The original building was a religious house, but for 300 years from the early 16th century Appuldurcombe was … Read more

Arreton Manor House, Isle of Wight

Description: The manor combines Jacobean architecture with Tudor designs and features. A manor has stood on the site for more than 1,000 years. Era: The existing building dates back to the early 17th century, but the East Wing was built in the 14th century and there has been a manor here since at least AD … Read more

Petty France Manor, Badmington

Name and location: Petty France, Gloucestershire Description: A grandiose building, the Manor House is a large, white building set in two acres of land and is now a four star hotel. Era: the main building was constructed in the late 18th Century during a time of conflict that pitted England against Napoleon’s French forces on … Read more

The London Dungeons

Name and location: London Dungeon, London Description: This major tourist attraction is housed under some of the existing arches of the London and Greenwich Railway line. Twisting corridors and curving stone walls make this a suitably atmospheric location. Era: The London and Greenwich Railway line was opened in 1836, and was London’s first passenger railway … Read more