Beautiful Britain - desktop wallpaper - page 1
Quote:- 'Bibury - the most beautiful village in England.' (William Morris - 19th Century artist and craftsman)

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Tuesday 16th January 2018
Arlington Row, Bibury : Gloucestershire
(OS Grid Ref. SP114066 Nearest Post Code GL7 5NJ)

Arlington Row, in the village of Bibury, is one of the most photographed scenes in the Cotswolds. Since 2010, these former weavers' cottages, 7 miles from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, have appeared on the inside cover of all newly-issued UK passports. The 19th Century artist and craftsman William Morris decribed Bibury as the most beautiful village in England. The Arlington Row cottages were originally built in 1380 as a wool store and were converted into a row of weavers' cottages in the 17th Century. The cloth produced there was sent to Arlington Mill, now a private residence. The mill stream flows past Arlington Row into the River Coln. Bibury has become a major attraction for visitors from Japan after Emperor Hirohito stayed in the village on his European tour during the first half of the 20th Century and became a fan.

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Location Map

The embedded map uses Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right 2018

This linked map is a Google Map close up view with the option to view in Google Street View (depending on your device).

Many thanks to Stephanie from Ohio for the suggestion

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6th January 2018Auchencairn Bay, Dumfries and Galloway (OS Grid Ref. NX811508 Nearest Post Code DG7 1QZ)
Auchencairn Bay, Dumfries and Galloway

Auchencairn (eight miles from Dalbeattie) in Dumfries and Galloway is a village of whitewashed stone cottages that dates from the early 17th century. Hestan Island, at the mouth of Auchencairn Bay, rises to a height of only 54m (177 feet). In the 12th & 13th centuries it was the property of the monks of Dundrennan Abbey. In the 18th century the island was a centre for smugglers who stored their wares in the caves in the island's caves. The island became home to miners seeking tin and copper in the 19th century, but it has had no permanent residents since about 1960. At the southern tip of the island are the notably-named 'Daft Ann's Steps', a series of pinnacles where, legends say, a girl of lesser intelligence drowned whilst attempted to lay stepping stones ahead of her to reach Balcary Point.

29th December 2017Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale  (OS Grid Ref. SD878194 Nearest Post Code OL12 8XG)
Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale

Cowm Reservoir, in Whitworth, Rossendale was originally the area's water supply until it became polluted in the 1970s. The former reservoir now provides water ski facilities and it's a popular walk for local people along the levelled footpath that now encompasses the reservoir. Nearby stone quarries are still in use and provided the stone for London's Trafalgar Square. Tree planting schemes, (including a Life for a Life Memorial Forest at Cowm Reservoir) are encouraging birds and wildlife to return to the area, and hiding the landscape scars caused by excessive stone quarrying.

You can find out more about Whitworth, our home town, by visiting the Out and About section of the Beautiful Britain website.

21st December 2017
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin : Bury, Lancashire (OS Grid Ref. SD804108 Nearest Post Code BL9 0YB)
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Bury, Lancashire
13th December 2017
St. James' Church, Thornton - West Yorkshire (OS Grid Ref. SE105327 Nearest Post Code BD13 3HN)
St. James' Church, Thornton
West Yorkshire
30th November 2017
Cardiff Bay - South Wales (OS Grid Ref. ST195745 Nearest Post Code CF10 4AX)
Cardiff Bay
South Wales
23rd November 2017
The Stable Pond - Powis Castle Gardens, Wrexham (OS Grid Ref. SJ214062 Nearest Post Code SY21 8RG)
The Stable Pond
Powis Castle Gardens, Wrexham
16th November 2017
Autumn at Bodnant Garden - North Wales (OS Grid Ref. SH799722 Nearest Post Code LL28 5RE)
Autumn at Bodnant Garden
North Wales
9th November 2017
Remembrance poppies at the War Memorial outside Bury Parish Church, Greater Manchester (OS Grid Ref. SD804108 Nearest Post Code BL9 0LD)
Remembrance poppies
Bury Parish Church
30th October 2017
The Chinese Garden at Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire (OS Grid Ref. SJ892591 Nearest Post Code ST8 7SD)
Biddulph Grange Garden
20th October 2017
HMS Victory - Portsmouth Dockyard (OS Grid Ref. SU628006 Nearest Post Code PO1 3NU)
HMS Victory
Portsmouth Dockyard
13th October 2017
Gillerthwaite Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY143211 Nearest Post Code CA13 0RU)
6th October 2017
The Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway - Porthmadog, Gwynedd  (OS Grid Ref. SH571384 Nearest Post Code LL49 9NB)
The Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway - Porthmadog, Gwynedd
28th September 2017
Michaelmas Daisies at Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway (OS Grid Ref. NX752604 Nearest Post Code DG7 1RX)
Michaelmas Daisies at Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
18th September 2017
Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from Wray Castle, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY374010 Nearest Post Code LA22 0JA)
Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from Wray Castle, Cumbria
11th September 2017
Haymaking at Brough Castle, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY791140 Nearest Post Code CA17 4EJ)
Haymaking at Brough Castle
2nd September 2017
Portloe Harbour, Cornwall (OS Grid Ref. SW937393 Nearest Post Code TR2 5QY)
Portloe Harbour
24th August 2017
Wild teasels at Penmon Priory, Isle of Anglesey (OS Grid Ref. SH630806 Nearest Post Code LL58 8SP)
Wild teasels at Penmon Priory Anglesey
11th August 2017
Historic canal boats, Audlem Mill : Shropshire Union Canal - Cheshire (OS Grid Ref. SJ656437 Nearest Post Code CW3 0ED)
Historic canal boats, Audlem Mill, Cheshire
25th July 2017
Dunure, South Ayrshire (OS Grid Ref. NS252158 Nearest Post Code KA7 4LX)
South Ayrshire
16th July 2017
Aysgarth Upper Falls, Wensleydale - Yorkshire Dales (OS Grid Ref. SE012886 Nearest Post Code DL8 3SR)
Aysgarth Upper Falls
7th July 2017
Smithills Hall, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Smithills Hall, Bolton
Greater Manchester
30th June 2017
Knipe - the Lowther Estate, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY516196 Nearest Post Code CA10 2PU)
23rd June 2017
Ullswater, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref.  NY407201 Nearest Post Code CA11 0JS)
15th June 2017
The Eden Valley, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY535180 Nearest Post Code CA10 2QU)
The Eden Valley
7th June 2017
Wayside flowers in the Eden Valley, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY502243 Nearest Post Code CA10 2LS)
Wayside flowers
Eden Valley, Cumbria
26th May 2017
Culzean Castle & Boathouse, Ayrshire (OS Grid Ref. NS231102 Nearest Post Code KA19 8LE)
Culzean Castle

About Beautiful Britain

The Beautiful Britain website has been a hobby since 2001. That makes it almost as old as Google! BB does not generate any revenue and no longer creates links to commercial websites. The pictures are all from our many short break holidays here in Britain.

Why is this website changing?

60% of Internet traffic is now on mobile devices (2017). In the months ahead I hope to convert the most viewed pages of this this web site to a 'mobile friendly' format. If they do not display correctly, please let me know.

What's next?

Proposals include
(1) On This Day crossword
(2) Daily non-surprise jigsaws Done
(3) Daily HD widescreen wallpaper
(4) Full screen 'four seasons slide show'

No time-scale for implementation!

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