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@photosofbritain See full size profile   💂🏻‍♀️Founded and stories by @timholt 🇬🇧UK images, facts & history daily 📷Follow & tag us for a feature! 🏕Love the English countryside? Follow below!

7 hours ago

Do you have bluebells where you live in the world? Let me know where you are if you do! Love this shot from Hampshire, England by @jacklodgephoto. . These lovely 'fings are now popping up across the country. In fact, the bluebell is one of the ‘indicator species‘ of ancient woodland, meaning woods that have been in existence since at least 1600! . Did you know: Almost half the world's bluebells are to be found in the UK? They’re relatively rare elsewhere. They feature some really lovely names too: wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles! Perfect. . In folklore, bluebells were said to ring when fairies were summoning their kin to a gathering; but if a human heard the sound, it would be their death knell. There’s an interesting belief that wearing a garland of bluebells will induce you to speak only the truth. Not surprisingly, it was considered unlucky to trample on a bed of bluebells, because you would anger the fairies resting there (plus it's a really awful thing to do and the Queen will throw you in the Tower if she catches you!) Looking forward to all the vibrant, misty and magical bluebell shots over the coming weeks! . Great shot by @jacklodgephoto 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us, 'ta very much! 🇬🇧

1 day ago

What’s your favourite - dreamy cottages or spring blossom bloom? 1 or 2? Love these by the always brill @monalogue The first shot is of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset which was recently ranked at number 6 on a list of top 10 most beautiful streets in Britain. Oddly my wonky street didn't make the list. Shaftesbury was founded about 1,100 years ago and has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century. Next to the houses on the right, runs the Grade I listed walls of the ancient Shaftesbury Abbey. Unlike most medieval abbeys, the institution at Shaftesbury was occupied by nuns rather than monks, and it had an unusually long history, established in 888 by Alfred the Great and in operation continuously at the same location until dissolved in 1539 by order of Henry VIII. Aye, ‘orrible old Henry keeps coming up doesn't he! The second shot from Bristol is perfect, as Britain is to be bathed in lovely warm weather over the next few days. Great shots by @monalogue 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

2 days ago

(ad) Congratulations to @_alina_dragan_ who is the winner of our @LUMIXUK #LUMIXPhotosOfBritain competition with this very spring like shot of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, England! She wins a brilliant #LUMIXG9 courtesy of the fine folks at @lumixuk ! . Big thank you to everyone who tagged their shots #LUMIXPhotosOfBritain during the competition period and followed @LUMIXUK. They have been very supportive and it's been so great to see over 1,000 images tagged. . Pictured: St Barnabas which is a replacement of a far older church of which little is known - although there is a recorded reference to a 'Chapel of Snaweshull' in 1290. What we do know comes from 1712, when Sir Robert Atkins, a Gloucestershire historian, recorded that 'the church is small and hath a Towere at the West and adorned with battlements and pinnacles."... Sadly, like many fine ancient buildings, the original was left in a bad state following the 1536 Dissolution of Monasteries on order of 'orrible Henry VIII. Lovely then to see a replacement building from the Victorian era and lots of Spring blossoms. New life begins once again, perfect for this Easter period.. . Well done again to @_alina_dragan_ and thanks to @lumixuk for the prize!

3 days ago

Question: Is Game of Thrones your cup of tea? Yes or No? Monday somehow arrived again (flippin’ eck!) so let’s escape into this wonderfully moody Welsh valley with that delightful white cottage, captured here by @jamesalroca This was taken on the way to Llyn Ogwen - a ribbon lake in north-west Wales. It lies between two mountain ranges of Snowdonia, the Carneddau and the Glyderau. It is said that after the Battle of Camlann (King Arthur's final battle), Sir Bedivere (Bedwyr) cast the sword Excalibur into Llyn Ogwen, where it was caught by the Lady of the Lake. Perfect that the national flag of Wales features a dragon! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 . Love the King Arthur lore and magical tales in general as so many are set in real life places in Britain. Especially as Game of Thrones is back on the telly and I’ve yet to start series two. Oops. Great shot by @jamesalroca 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

4 days ago

Comment where in the world you are seeing this gorgeous hobbit-like place - and I'll send out another round of British goodies to random folk. Love this mini thatched tea house at the Mellerstain House Gardens in the Scottish Borders by @_andystark_ It really does look like something a hobbit would be quite happily live in. Just imagine... Scones, unlimited teas, stunning thatch, exquisite gardens and in wonderful Scotland as well. What's not to love? All you need is a telly to watch the final series of Game of Thrones and you'll be all set. Amongst the sturdy oaks and majestic beeches in the north parkland, you will find this enchanting little thatched Tea Cottage discreetly tucked away with its own enclosed parterre garden. Mellerstain itself is one of Scotland's finest stately homes and is about an hours drive away from Edinburgh so well worth a trip out when you visit one of my favourite cities in Britain. Have a wonderful, peaceful Sunday! Lovely shot by @_andystark_ 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag this account in the picture! 🇬🇧

6 days ago

Tag a friend who would love this view from the wonderful Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. What a cracking shot and edit by @samzclix The Giant's Causeway is renowned for its beautiful polygonal columns of layered basalt which some say was the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago...but the legend is surely the real truth! The Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than he. Fionn's wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the 'baby', he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Love that story. Wonderful picture and edit by @samzclix 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain and Northern Ireland to be featured? Follow and tag us!

1 week ago

What's your weather like today? It's a bit chilly here in Britain but things are looking mighty beautiful as the sun is shining, the bluebells are swaying and the trees are fluffing up nicely 🌺🌻🌷🌸 So..let’s head to Arlington Row with this lovely shot by @lensereflection . These cottages date back to an astonishing 1380AD which is rather incredible. Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’, and recognised by many as the backdrop for television programmes and films including Bridget Jones’ Diary. Linked together like a daisy chain, these cottage were used as a monastic wool store, then later during the 17th century were converted into weaver’s cottages. Beneath the sloping tiled roofs, squeezed above green painted front doors, squared glass window panes look out onto a water meadow. . During the Middle Ages the Cotswolds was held in high regard throughout Europe for the wool produced in the region. The abbeys and monasteries raised large flocks of a breed known as the Cotswold Lion, a native sheep with a fleece of warm gold tones; quite a large animal that thrived in the natural habitat. The fine homes and the wool churches that stand today were built from the riches amassed by the merchants. . Sadly that's all changed these days. With the current price of wool you'd be lucky to buy a doormat with the profits! Lovely shot by @lensereflection 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag this account in the picture! 🇬🇧

1 week ago

If you could click your heels/boots/clogs what country scene would you teleport to? 1, 2 or 3? All of these brill photos are by @mrchrisspeed As @mrchrisspeed writes, little has changed in Castle Combe in the Cotswolds in the last 400 years – no houses have been built here since 1617, and most of the original medieval buildings still exist beneath layered facades. Picture 2 features Cotswold Lavender - a third generation family farm set in the Heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham. What a cracking spot for a cottage! Can you imagine waking up to that beautiful smell 💜 Finally, Picture 3 features Blaise Hamlet in Bristol, England. It's a hamlet of nine unusual circular thatched cottages built around 1811 and designed by John Nash. They were made for the retired employees of Quaker philanthropist John Scandrett Harford, who owned Blaise Castle House. Rather nice of him... hopefully when I retire from the jam scone factory I will be given something similar 😗 Big thank you for tagging your shots #lumixphotosofbritain during the competition period! We will be looking through the 1,000+ tagged images to find a winner of a stunning #LUMIXG9 camera! Many thanks to @lumixuk for the brilliant prize 📸 It's getting a bit chilly this week in Britain but we are warming up, finally! Bluebells are popping out too. Lovely to see the new seasons. Great shots by @mrchrisspeed 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

1 week ago

Here be Dragons! 🐉 This place isn't just beautiful thatched cottages, although I do love these truly inviting glowing windows at Wherwell in Hampshire, England. Super shot by @ellas_little_world Aye, this place may look peaceful today but it's said in the past this village was under attack by a giant cockatrice! No, I'm not making this up. A cockatrice is a mythical beast, essentially a two-legged dragon with a...rooster's head. Imagine that pecking at your jam butties as you try to picnic on the village green. The creature terrorised this place until it was imprisoned in the dungeons below Wherwell Priory. To give you an idea of how old that is, the nunnery was founded about 986AD by Ælfthryth, the widow of King Edgar. She retired there to live a life of penance for her part in the murders of her first husband Æthelwald and of her step-son King Edward. She died at the monastery on 17th November 1002 and was buried there! Now...a prize of land was offered to anyone who would dare to kill the creature. None were successful, until a man named Green lowered a mirror into the dungeon. The cockatrice battled against its own reflection until exhausted, at which point Green was able to kill it. Today there is an area of land near Wherwell called Green's Acres. For many years a weather vane in the shape of a cockatrice adorned the church of St. Peter and Holy Cross in Wherwell until it was removed to Andover Museum. Proper ancient place with delicious thatched cottages AND a brilliant old legend attached? I'm sold. Lovely shot by @ellas_little_world 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

1 week ago

What's your Sunday routine? Spot of tea? Church? Golf? Sleeping in? After my morning cuppa I would love to head out here to these beautiful 668-year old cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, England captured here by @stellacash58 This over 1,000 year old listed building will look very familiar to many of you Potterheads as this is where the real-life Hogwarts was filmed! I also mention Golf at the start of the caption because interestingly, this cathedral has a stained-glass window depicting the earliest images of the game. It dates from 1350, over 300 years earlier than the earliest image of golf from Scotland. The Cathedral itself originated circa 678AD with the foundation of an Abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. Till, you know, 'orrible Henry VIII came along. But it's this stunning fan-vaulting, which is believed to have been invented here in the 1350s, which truly delights the spirit. And for a further delight (and technically a legal requirement in England!) you can head into town and enjoy a slap-up Sunday roast too. Now... shall we step through that red door? Have a wonderful, peaceful day. Lovely shot by @stellacash58 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

1 week ago

Comment “Aye!” if you'd dare to cross "The Roman Bridge" in deepest, darkest North Wales! How magical does this place look? It's like something from the pages of a fantasy novel but it's quite real. Don’t forget to bring some pennies to pay the troll that lives under there! Love this shot by @rob_bates_photography This drystone-built, packhorse bridge over the Machno river in North Wales is known as the 'Roman Bridge' - It dates from around the 16th century, although it's said to have Roman origins. Betws-y-Coed (meaning Prayer House in the Wood) is known as the `Gateway' to the Snowdonia National Park. The culture and identity of the Snowdonia region has been significantly influenced by the legends and folklore that are associated with almost every lake, hill, mountain and village here. The most famous and influential of all the fables is a series of medieval stories known collectively as the Mabinogion. They describe the lives and the heroic and magical achievements of a group of interrelated characters and recount the encounters between the mortal and underworlds. These fables embrace the medieval world of the Arthurian age. King Arthur, who makes an appearance in many of the tales, is heavily associated with the area. A stone reputedly bearing the hoof print of Arthur’s horse 'Llamrai' can be found on the banks of Lake Barfog near Betws-y-Coed! Quick note: The competition ends on the 9th of April to win a stunning #LUMIXG9 camera! You have until 10am to tag your shots with #lumixphotosofbritain - Brilliant prize indeed! Don't forget to also follow @lumixuk 📸 Brilliant shot by @rob_bates_photography 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us..'Ta very much! 🇬🇧

1 week ago

What’s your bloomin’ favourite display? 1, 2 or 3? 🌼🌸🌺 The first is from The Kings Head in Kent, the second in Mayfair and the last in Covent Garden, London. All of these shots are by @arinainlondonland The Kings Head claims a date of 1643 making it one of the oldest pubs in Britain...However, it's still a long way from beating the "Ye Olde Fighting Cocks" pub in St Albans, which began serving ale in 795AD! This date is recognised by Guinness as the oldest pub too. Believe it or not, there are many other pubs who claim to be oldest in the land. Do you know of any older? We are nearly at the season of lavish displays across the country. And with all the blah weather we’ve been having recently, these pictures are a much needed tonic for my noggin! Lovely shots by @arinainlondonland 🇬🇧 Want your photos of Britain to be featured? Follow and tag us in your shots. 'Ta very much! 🇬🇧