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Secrets in Stone The Spirit of England
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Magnificent English Heritage sites, the legacy of thousands of years of the nation s rich and dramatic history. DISC 1 In this unique DVD tour of the finest historical sites in England, we visit Tintagel, the legendary castle of King Arthur on the north Cornish coast, Rievaulx Abbey, in North Yorkshire, one of the most spectacular monastic ruins in England, and the world-famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire We also explore the superb medieval fortress of Dover Castle in Kent, the wonderfully preserved fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, Battle Abbey in Sussex, built on the site of the Battle of Hastings, and the famous quarry gardens of Belsay Hall and Castle in Northumberland. En route we reveal the treasures of some of the nation s finest country houses: the palatial Jacobean Audley End House in Essex; Kenwood, in London, home of one of the most important collections of paintings in Britain; and Osborne House, Queen Victoria s magnificent seaside home on the Isle of Wight... a visual feast of history which can be enjoyed time and time again. Narrated by Ronald Pickup DISC 2 In this second hour-long DVD tour of some of the finest historical sites in England in the care of English Heritage, we visit the majestic hilltop ruins of Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire; Down House in Kent, the home of Charles Darwin for 40 years, from where the great scientist wrote On the Origin of Species ; and the medieval ruins of one of east England s best-preserved priories, Castle Acre in Norfolk. We also explore the great Isle of Wight fortress of Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I spent his last days before being executed; the Victorian splendour of Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire; and Henry II s towering castle at Orford on the Suffolk coast. En route we reveal the treasures of Walmer Castle in Kent, where the Queen Mother often stayed; the 12th century Framlingham Castle in Suffolk topped by its famous Tudor chimneys; and the splendour of one of Norman England s most important strongholds at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire... a visual feast of history which can be enjoyed again and again. Narrated by Nigel Farrell
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