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View across the Thames at St Helen's Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Interesting town, developed around the gates of an abbey founded in 675...

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Acle, Norfolk

Acle, meaning “clearing in an oak forest” is a small but attractive market town situated near the River Bure, in the Norfolk Broads. It sits midway between the historic city.....

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Alcester, Warwickshire
Alcester, Warwickshire

Alcester developed as a market town in Roman times. It grew out of a settlement at the meeting point of two roads and two rivers, the Arrow and the Alne...

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Windmill at Alford
Alford, Lincolnshire

Deep in the Lincolnshire countryside, not far distant from the golden sandy beaches between Mablethorpe and Chapel St.Leonards is the pleasant market town of Alford...

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Old City Gate in Alnwick, Northumberland
Alnwick, Northumberland

Set magnificently in the heart of the beautiful northern countryside is the great castle that has dominated the life and times of Alnwick for centuries...

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Clear Water
Alresford, Hampshire

Alresford is a market town in Hampshire, just north-east of the City of Winchester and south-west of the town of Alton, which it is linked to by the Mid Hants Watercress Railway.....

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Alston, Cumbria
Alston, Cumbria

At a height of over 1,000 feet in the far reaches of the Pennines, this is one of England's highest market towns. Alston is a lively bustling place of steeply rising narrow.....

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St Lawrence Church, Alton
Alton, Hampshire

An historic market town which in recent times derived its prosperity from hop fields and the brewing industry, previously it had been a centre for wool and cloth...

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House Front, Dunham Massey, Cheshire.
Altrincham, Greater Manchester

First developed as a quiet hamlet on the edge of the sweeping Cheshire Plain, where life went quietly on...

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Amersham
Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Amersham is one of those towns where with one cast of the eye, you immediately know that this is a place with a long history for around the broad High Street is a mixture of fine.....

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A picture of Ampthill
Ampthill, Bedfordshire

The lovely town of Ampthill lies sheltered by hills in the sandstone belt of Bedfordshire...

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

Appleby, is situated in the valley of the River Eden near to Hoff Beck, stunningly beautiful, it is an ideal centre for both walking and touring...

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Church at Axminster, Devon
Axminster, Devon

Famous for its carpets often likened to Turkish, Axminster was one of the first West Saxon settlements formed along the River Axe in Devon...

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Aylesbury
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire, taking over the mantle from the town of Buckingham during the 16th century. Aylesbury is a very busy vibrant town, situated at.....

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Aylsham, Norfolk

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The Banbury Cross in Banbury
Banbury, Oxfordshire

This is one of the best known town's in England. It was made famous by its celebrated cross of 1859, built in honour of the wedding of Prince Frederick of Prussia, it replaces an.....

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Barnard Castle, County Durham
Barnard Castle, County Durham

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Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

On arrival in Beaconsfield you are immediately struck by the spaciousness of its wide streets and the wonderful show of Victorian buildings and houses in the main street...

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River Waveney
Beccles, Suffolk

A town of picturesque buildings, with many relaxing places in which to quietly roam...

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St Gregory's Church, Bedale, North Yorkshire.
Bedale, North Yorkshire

A market town in North Yorkshire, granted its Market Charter in 1251 by Henry III...

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