Clarion Collection Hotel Cromwell Stevenage
High Street, Old Town
Stevenage, EN SG1 3AZ
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The origins of Minsden Chapel can be traced back to the 14th Century. Records suggest that although the chapel had begun to deteriorate by the 17th Century, wedding continued to be held at the church until the 18th Century at which point the dangers posed by the unstable structure of the chapel led to its demise. The roof long gone, today only the walls remain as a reminder of the chapel that once stood here. The chapel has over time come to be at the center of numerous claims of hauntings. While some have allegedly seen a ghostly figure, others have heard strains of music or seen the image of a glowing cross on one of the walls.
Originally constructed as a Saxon settlement, the current building and gardens on the Knebworth property are the result of heavy renovation and re-imaginings throughout the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Part Gothic, part Edwardian, Knebworth House has been featured in many films and television shows, including Jane Eyre and served as Wayne Manor in Tim Burton's Batman. The grounds have hosted many events throughout their long history, including numerous rock concerts, auto shows, Medieval jousting tournaments, and theatrical performances. Check their website for a full list of upcoming events.
The Park in Knebworth is a natural haven where one can spend a quiet evening of rejuvenation and contemplation. It is also however a major open-air venue for concerts and live music. Nature Walks are organized and rallies are conducted too. The park sees a flurry of activity on weekends when tournaments and events are held. Major concerts featuring Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard, Robbie Williams and Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been organized on the grounds. It is a much loved venue and a constant source of entertainment for the locals.
A beautiful stately house in Hertfordshire, the St Paul's Walden Bury is one of the childhood homes of Queen Elizabeth and is believed to be her birth place. The gardens of the house are listed as Grade I. The estate is open to public access and is also rented as a venue for private events. There is a dedicated picnic area for the visitors and several educational activities are also conducted for kids. The estate can be visited only via prior permission. Cost for visiting the house is £15 and for the gardens is £7.50.
Centrally located in Hitchin, St Mary's Church dates back to the 14th and the 15th centuries. The present day church building is built where two ancient churches stood. The tower of St. Mary's Church dates back to the year 1190. Considered to be Herfordshire's biggest parish church, St. Mary's Church is notable for its fine, intricate roofs and the beautiful carvings seen on them. The eastern part of the roof at the north aisle is an excellent example of ancient woodwork and supposedly dates back to the early years of the 14th Century.
Known for its central location, Hitchin Priory grounds are an ideal space for every event including weddings and business parties. Apart from the busy market streets, the property also offers the main room for private events and launch parties, which turns out to be as glorious as the decor. They provide all possible facilities to make sure the event runs smoothly.
This Grade II listed building at first look simply looks like a cluster of buildings placed together, which is how the name probably originated. It started as a Residential Summer School with academics and music lessons. During the Second World War, however, the site was surrendered to the Army and returned in quite a battered condition, however many changes have taken place over the years, finally converting the site into a wonderful wedding venue. Today it is a building at risk, registered with the English Heritage. A few areas of the building cordoned off to the public, but is offered for events and private parties.
Benington Castle was once a motte and bailey castle established by Peter de Valoignes in the 12th Century, however evidence suggests that the site of Benington has been fortified since the Saxon period. Although the castle was torn down in 1212, sections of the castle have survived and are still visible. Currently the castle lies with the estate of Benington Lordship where in 1832 George Proctor constructed a summer house, gatehouse and curtain wall. The estate remains privately owned and public access is not permitted. However, the Edwardian style gardens are occasionally made open to the public during specific events, at which time the castle ruins may be visited.
Proud to be known as the first garden city of the world, Letchworth, or Letchworh Garden City, is a beautiful town with ample tourist attractions. For history lovers, a visit to the Stotfold Watermill is a must. Set in a quaint spot on River Ivel, this mill is a Grade II listed structure and is completely restored. Hitchin Lavender offers sprawling acres of manicured footpaths and lavender fields and is truly a visual treat to all nature lovers. If you are travelling with kids, then visit the 360 theme park that offers a safe and an exciting environment for kids to bring out their creative best and appreciate outdoors.
Built in 1681, Cromer Windmill is the county's last surviving windmill. The mill has passed through a number of hands across the years, and has variously been powered by wind, steam and an oil engine. The mill continued to be used throughout its life until 1932 by which time it was in desperate need of repairs. From then on the mill alternated between periods of restoration and disrepair until 1998 when it was restored to its former glory and made open to the public. The mill is open to visitors every Sunday and every second and fourth Saturday of every month from May to September, between 2:30p to 5:30p. Group visits may be arranged at other times by prior appointment. All are welcome to come and explore this marvellous feat of engineering in action and be amazed by its picturesque beauty.
A medieval market town, Baldock is popular for its various entertaining events and activities. Baldock Festival remains a famous cultural fest which was first held in the year 1983. Baldock Festival is celebrated on May's first weekend and hosts various events like trips to the local museum, cheese tasting, barn dancing, comedy sketches, cricket matches, visits to local breweries, clairvoyance events, quiz night and a lot more. The Charter Fair is dated back to the year 1199 when King John allows Templars to hold an annual fair in the town on St. Matthew's Days as as well the next four days.
Hidden away under the famous A1 (M) in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire lies the historically-significant Welwyn Roman Baths. Dating back to the 3rd Century CE the impressive Roman ruin was originally part of the archaic Dicket Mead Villa and was only discovered by archeologist Tony Rook in 1960. The site is open to the public who can witness the detailed layout of the well-preserved bath with its hot and cold rooms and get an idea of the splendor and luxury with which the Romans lived. Children can enjoy interactive activities such as puzzles, mosaic making, dressing up and plenty of other fun stuff. A visit to the scheduled ancient monument is a must for archeological and history enthusiasts. Parking facilities are free as is admission for children. The archeological finds of the site are being preserved at the Mill Green Museum.