The Secret Garden is my favourite book and a true classic. It includes several features that I’ve been drawn to in stories throughout my life; mysterious, stately homes with closed up rooms (and gardens) to explore, the English countryside, spirited women and girls, true friendships and the element of mystery.
Well, allegedly! The birthplace of Dick Turpin is actually this lovely chocolate box of a house in Hempstead, Essex. However, this Grade I Listed, 15th century cottage which also bears his name is in Thaxted, Essex. It sits at the bottom of Stoney Lane, an ancient and steep cobbled street
A simple-looking church, the Chapel of St. Peter ad Murum (on the wall) is located in Bradwell-on-Sea (Bradwell-juxta-Mare), on the Dengie Peninsula of Essex, UK. “ad Murum” seems especially fitting as when you visit this chapel you have a real sense that you’re on the edge of the world. However,