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An Arts and Crafts style of home that was once very popular between 1860 and 1910, and the Woodhouse Copse, Holmbury St Mary is a perfect example of just that. With mystical gardens all around, the mansion is known for hosting the annual Woodhouse Summer Opera Festival. The annual music event offers a wide range of talented acts and one of the main events to experience here.
Designed by the great Isambard Kingdon Brunel in 1838, the Maidenhead Bridge is an intriguing engineering marvel that created quite the buzz during its time. Built entirely of brick, and comprising of two shallow spans over the River Thames, the bridge are the widest and flattest in the world. It is testimony to the genius of Brunel that such a bridge with such flat arches was not only built but continues to carry the Great Western Railway main line from Paddington Station to this day.
This simple village church was built in the 12th Century, however St Andrew's Church was expanded and altered in later centuries. The existing stone structure is topped with a distinct white bell-turret and the windows are adorned with fine tracery. The interiors feature aspects from several different time periods, including three types of windows and a carved, 14th-century font. Although no longer in active use, the church still retains some of the warmth left behind by the congregation it once served. Visitors are welcome daily during daylight hours.
Shardeloes is an old Palladian country house, standing tall since its inception in mid-18th Century. It was designed and constructed by an extremely popular architect-builder, Stiff Leadbetter. The country house was the familial home for the Tyrwhitt Drake ménage. The venue boasts of an extensive stretch of lush greenery snugly enveloping a stable yard, service block and a magnificent clock tower. The site is currently a residential complex comprising of several private flats. It is also a venue of historic interest, largely owing to its opulent and majestic architecture.