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Steak and Kidney Pudding

Warming and deeply savoury, steak and kidney pudding is found on many an English menu.

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English Marmalade

Start your day the English Way - with home-made English Marmalade.

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Mincemeat Recipes: Sweeet!

Mincemeat: This delicious mix of dried fruit, fragrant with spices, can be made well in advance of Christmas, improves with keeping and provides a base for all manner of tasty dishes.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed: The town that changed hands 14 times

Sitting uneasily on the border between England and Scotland, Berwick-upon-Tweed changed hands 14 times!

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Wiltshire - An Ancient County

Prehistoric stone circles, steam trains, quaint villages and endless open spaces - Wiltshire is an ancient county worth exploring.

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Potted Shrimps: the tasty gold of Lancashire

Potted Shrimps: a delicacy from Lancashire's Morecambe Bay totally hits the spot for breakfast, lunch or supper.

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Lindisfarne: St Aidan's Holy Island

Lindisfarne: St Aidan's Holy Island and home of the Lindisfarne Gospels

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Castle Combe: one of England's prettiest villages

Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in England and a very popular film set, but you'll have to look hard to find the castle

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England's Royal Weddings: Events that wowed the crowds

England's Royal Weddings: from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to Prince William and Kate Middleton, these events have shaped England's history.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton: Getting to the Church on Time

How to get to the church on time and in style is a big decision for any soon-to-be-married couple. Here's how Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to manage it.

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Royal Weddings: King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn

Royal Weddings: on January 25th 1533, Anne Boleyn finally achieved her ambition. King Henry VIII married her in secret at Whitehall Palace.

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Royal Weddings: King Edward VII and Elizabeth of York

Royal Weddings: what began as an uneasy alliance to end the Wars of the Roses, turned into a surprisingly successful marriage and the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty.

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Royal Weddings: King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Royal Weddings: English kings can rarely marry where they please, but King Edward IV did just that - and didn't it get him in trouble?

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Royal Weddings: King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Royal Weddings: The wedding that shook Europe, terrified the French king and created one of the largest empires Europe had ever seen.

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Royal Weddings: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Royal Weddings: the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer on July 29th was THE event of 1981.

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Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble: a tasty treat for the first nippy autumn evenings.

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Hound Tor: home to the famous Hound of the Baskervilles

Hound Tor, the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, can be dark and mysterious. But it's been home to people for centuries and - sometimes - a little cheek peeps out, too.

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Rhubarb Fool

Oh so pretty in pink! Rhubarb fool makes the perfect end to a romantic dinner.

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How to Make: English Food

Sometimes we all need a little help in the kitchen. Essentially England's How to Make guides give you the low down on anything from jam to tea to apple pie.

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Lancashire Hotpot

Lancashire Hotpot - the signature dish of Lancashire, tasty, economical and ... warming, of course.

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Clun Castle

Clun Castle, built by Pico de Say in 1100 and extended by the Fitzalans over four centuries, makes an imposing ruin.

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Offa's Dyke

Offa's Dyke is a great Anglo Saxon earthwork that runs from Chepstow to Prestatyn through the English Welsh boarderlands.

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Acton Burnell Castle: A haunted, romantic ruin where parliament sat.

Acton Burnell Castle: the haunted, romantic ruin that was home to a chancellor and hosted a king and a parliament.

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Shrewsbury Abbey

The atmospheric Shrewsbury Abbey

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Watercress Soup Take I: A Classy Dinner Party Starter

Watercress Soup: perfect as the classy start to a dinner party.

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