Thetford Norfolk – An ancient town which was home the the legendary British tribal leader Boudica, Thetford is surrounded by forests and is on the main route between Cambridge and East Anglia. With many historic old buildings still surviving, this is a great place to visit if you find yourself in this area. If you visit on a market day (Tuesday or Saturday) you will find the town bustling with thousands of shoppers, but beware as finding a parking space might be impossible. Be sure to head for the Dad’s Army Museum, housed in the Old Fire Station, where you can view exhibits relating to the ever popular TV series.
March 6, 2015
March 5, 2015
Great Yarmouth a Review – A popular seaside resort since the 18th century, Great Yarmouth is actually a very old town with a history stretching back to Roman times, when a fortress was built at the mouth of the River Yare, at roughly the place where Great Yarmouth (“Yarmouth”)now stands. Up to and including the times when it was popular as a holiday resort, Great Yarmouth survived mostly as a result of its successful fishing fleet, which made the most of the abundant herring to support the town’s growth. In the 1950s and 1960s it was a booming traditional British seaside resort attracting many thousands of visitors to its fine beaches and many attractions.
March 2, 2015
Heacham Norfolk East Anglia: A sizable coastline village having a population of close to five thousand, Heacham has got a pair of sandy beaches and good coastal walks in both directions via the seafront on The Wash. It is the hub of Norfolk’s lavender cultivating business, and in the summertime the nearby fields gleam with countless shades of purple and mauve. The sign in the village and also a memorial inside the parish church of Heacham evoke memories of Pocahontas who in sixteen fourteen married local resident and tobacco grower John Rolfe, in Virginia. The ancient Caley Mill, positioned upon the King’s Lynn to Hunstanton road, is the place that the locally cultivated lavender is bundled and shipped, and is open to the public. Heacham is a great place for a holiday or just a short visit.
February 27, 2015
King’s Lynn Norfolk Review – The Georgian age endures in most of King’s Lynn in East Anglia, in a range of smart facades everywhere in the old heart of the town. And yet King’s Lynn, or ‘Lynn’ as it is most often called by natives, is far more olden than the eighteenth century. Lying on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, it was already a harbour by the time of the 1086 Domesday Book, at which time it was known as Luna or Lena It was granted a charter in 1204 by King John, and by thirteen forty seven it was prosperous enough to supply nineteen ships for the English fleet, at a time that London supplied twenty four.
In the Dark Ages the town was referred to as Bishop’s Lynn in fifteen thirty seven the title was altered to King’s Lynn by order of King Henry VIII. The church of St Margaret’s was originally constructed in around 1100, and it is an assortment of architectural styles, it has a ‘Gothic’ nave put up in the mid-18th century, as a storm sent the spire crashing down across the earlier nave. The Town Hall, near the church, was at first the Holy Trinity Guildhall, erected in the early 15th century.
King’s Lynn’s treasure is presented in the Regalia RoomsRooms in the medieval undercroft. The St George’s Guildhall, in King Street, was constructed in the early 14th century and is proclaimed to be the greatest medieval guildhall in the country to have survived undamaged. It is owned by the National Trust and serves as the HQ of Lynn’s annual summer time fair. The theatre in the upper area of the Guildhall carries on an ancient theatrical tradition, and it’s claimed that Shakespeare himself had performances there. Both the Guildhall and Town Hall are built of flint in an outstanding black and white chequer pattern.
February 16, 2015
Finding a Good Tradesman – Whenever you need stuff done around the house especially stuff that you don’t know anything about, it can be tricky to decide who to contact to get the work done. The common trend is to use one of the well advertised trade review websites (we like Rated People), where you can post a job and get free quotes from local tradesmen.
You can also look at reviews by former clients, to see how specific tradesmen preformed. There are a wide range of tradesmen to choose from in a huge range of trades, so you should be able to find someone in your area, for whatever you need doing.
Obviously there are more plumbers, electricians and general builders than anything, but you can also find more obscure trades like stonemasons, wrought iron metalworkers and floor tilers. So when you are looking to have some work done, pop along to a site like Rated People and see what you can find.
December 31, 2014
We are currently back in the UK for Christmas and the New Year, and are staying with our daughter. Unfortunately on Christmas Eve we found water everywhere in the kitchen, due to the washing machine waste pipe overflowing (not surprised with the amount of use it gets). Now have you ever tried to get a plumber to come out on Christmas Eve? Hopefully not because it isn’t a pleasant experience, with women panicking all around you shouting “Steve DO SOMETHING”. Well I managed to call in a favour (I guess I know owe one again) and a mate came an sorted it out. Moral of the tale – don’t do any washing on Christmas Eve.
October 15, 2014
Enjoy the Delightful Coastal Town of La Zenia – La Zenia, Costa Blanca a destination with sun drenched beaches, beautiful cliff-top walks and effusive, brilliant nightlife. It moreover is well known for the largest, snazzy shopping mall in the neighborhood, golf courses that will test the skill of even those with the lowest handicap and it experiences a fun, genial ambiance whatever time you choose to visit, you will without doubt just wish you were remaining here for longer. La Zenia, a vacation spot for all ages.
February 19, 2014
To continue with our maps theme, we have recently added some new subdomains to the main website, featuring town centre maps for the UK and various other places such as Spain and the Republic of Ireland. The UK has been split into its relevant countries with maps from England, Wales and Northern Ireland added to the Scotland section which was done previously. So if maybe you are planning a visit to Swansea in Wales, you can get a city centre map. If you are planning a trip to Belfast in Northern Ireland, you can get a city centre map, and if you are holidaying in Torrevieja, Spain, you can get a map for here as well.