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Note: I have been providing desktop wallpaper on this website for more than 20 years. My wife and I are now both aged 77, but, now that coronavirus restrictions and deaths have diminished somewhat in the UK, we managed a few holidays in 2021. Updates for 2022 may be intermittent, but there are 180 desktop wallpapers on these pages and seasonal desktop wallpaper each day as 'Picture of the Day' from previous holidays. I hope that you enjoy viewing and using these.

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Cley Windmill at Cley next the Sea, Norfolk
St. John the Baptist Church, Burford, Oxfordshire
Somerton War Memorial, Somerset
Powis Castle Gardens, Powis

Picture 1 - The village of Cley next the Sea (pronounced "cly" to rhyme with "spy") lies on the remote North Norfolk coast. The tiny village, with its flint cottages, is dominated by Cley windmill, one of Norfolk's best known landmarks. Cley Marshes and nearby Blakeney Point are both excellent areas for bird watching. In medieval times Cley was one of the principal ports of East Anglia, and exported large quantities of wool & grain. The first mention of Cley Windmill was an advert in the Norfolk Chronicle of 26th June 1819, where the mill was for sale, described as "newly erected" and in the ownership of the Farthing family. It was worked until 1919 and then fell into disrepair. In 1921, the windmill was sold for the sum of £350 and the new owner had the mill converted to a holiday home. The landmark was again for sale in 2019, believed to be in the region of £3m. (Landranger Grid Reference TG045435)
Picture 2 - St. John the Baptist Church in Burford, Oxfordshire is known as a Wool Church, financed by donations from rich wool merchants and farmers, hoping to ensure a place in heaven. The altar scene depicts the Nativity (birth) of Jesus Christ. Christmas is the 'Mass of Christ', Mass being a religious festival and is the time when Christians everywhere celebrate His birth. Because Jesus was born more than 2000 years ago, and before accurate records were kept, we are not sure of the exact date, but Shepherds brought their lambs, so it may have been springtime. Nevertheless, late December was already special, as it was when people paid their thanks for the return of longer day-light after the winter solstice. We know from the Bible that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and that Mary and Joseph had travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the Roman census. Christmas has been celebrated by Christians since approximately 400 A.D.
Picture 3 - The Somerton war memorial in the county of Somerset was erected in 1921 to commemorate the many citizens of Somerton who died in World War I. Later were added the names of those who died in World War 2 plus those who were killed on 29th September 1942 when one of the largest industries in the town was bombed by an enemy aircraft. Eleven of the forty employees at the milk factory were killed. Remembrance Day is held every 11th November and the nearest Sunday to the 11th is Remembrance Sunday, when church services are held, and poppy wreaths are laid at memorials throughout the country. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance and is associated with the work of the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping war veterans. Fields in Flanders (Belgium) saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the 1st World War. The poppies survived and gave hope, hence their symbolism.
Picture 4 The picture is taken from the terraces at Powis Castle, near Welshpool in Powys. The garden was described by the garden historian Elisabeth Whittle as "the most important and magnificent in Wales". Perched high on a rock above the world-famous garden terraces, Powis Castle was originally built circa 1200 and began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys. The garden is famous for its clipped yews and shelters rare and tender plants. It is laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles and the grand Italianate terraces were blasted from the solid rock. You descend from the terrace through archways in the giant hedges, and down to the lower garden which has a formal garden, fountain gardens and a croquet lawn. There are many paths through the lower woods which all lead back to a large pond, close to the garden entrance.


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Powis Castle, Powys
North Landing, Flamborough, East Yorkshire
Smithills Hall, Bolton - Greater Manchester
Semerwater - North Yorkshire

Picture 1 - Powis Castle is close to Welshpool in the county of Powys, Wales. The castle is on a rocky ridge that commands fine views of the terraces and formal gardens. The garden has clipped yew trees and was influenced by French & Italian styles. Much of the garden layout is based on a design from the 1760s by William Emes. The terraces still have the original lead statues and an orangery. The opposite ridge has an informal garden with good displays of rhododendrons. This 'woodland wilderness' (from where this picture was taken) provides a circular walk and fine views of the red, medieval castle. The castle houses a collection of artefacts from India displayed in the Clive Museum. It is the largest private collection of this type in the UK and was assembled by two generations of the Clive family: Robert (who became known as Clive of India) and his son Edward.
Picture 2 - North Landing is a small, picturesque beach situated in a natural cove on the north side of the Flamborough headland in East Yorkshire. It has sea caves, and is the smallest of four beaches in this seaside village. The side of the headland is exposed to the northerly winds and the walk down to the beach is steep and may be difficult for those with mobility problems, but worth the walk if you are able. North Landing is a popular spot for walking, snorkelling and kayaking and is surrounded by white cliffs which are popular with nesting seabirds. There are cormorants, kittiwakes, razorbills and puffins between late March and July, with peak viewing in May and June. The beach was used as the backdrop for Walmington Beach in the 2016 re-make of Dad's Army.
Picture 3 - Smithills Hall is a Grade I listed manor house, set in land on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, near Bolton in Greater Manchester. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved manor houses in the northwest of England with the oldest parts dating from the 15th century. The buildings include Tudor and Victorian wings, in addition to the Medieval Hall, and a private Chapel. The property is now owned by the people of Bolton through their Council with whom the Friends of Smithills Hall work in partnership and is open to the public. Admission is free (2021). The name Smithills derives from Old English and means smooth hill. The Hall was once owned by Sir Ralph Radcliffe, High Sheriff of Lancashire from 1384 - 1387 and twice MP for Lancashire. There are 120 acres of gardens, with formal gardens around the hall.
Picture 4 Semerwater, south of Askrigg in Raydale is the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, with Malham Tarn being the largest. The lake is opposite the River Bain, is half a mile (800 m) long and covers 100 acres (0.40 km2). The area is remote and beautiful and was the subject of several sketches and paintings by the artist J.M.W. Turner. The name Semerwater was first recorded in 1153 and derives from the Old English elements sæ 'lake', mere 'lake' and water. The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, first notified in 1975. According to an old legend, Semerwater was once occupied by a prosperous city. One night an old man came down to the city, in search of food and drink. He went from door to door, and at each house he was turned away. Finally, he came to the hovel of a poor couple just outside the town. The couple took him in and treated him with great kindness. The old man cursed the town, and the legend was the subject of a poem, The Ballad of Semerwater, by Sir William Watson.


DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Rockcliffe Beach, Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden : Dumfries & Galloway
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
Loch Arthur - Beeswing : Dumfries and Galloway

NORTH AYRSHIRE
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Eglinton Country Park - Kilwinning, in North Ayrshire
Eglinton Castle : Kilwinning in North Ayrshire
Portencross Harbour, North Ayrshire
Boydston Shore : Ardrossan, North Ayrshire

'STAYING LOCAL' - IN WHITWORTH, ROSSENDALE
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Open moorland, a few hundred yards from our home in Whitworth, Rossendale
Pine cones and needles - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale
A friendly local, on the wild moors at Whitworth, Rossendale
Lone tree - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale

RURAL CANAL & RIVER SCENES FROM THE COUNTY OF CHESHIRE
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Sunrise at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Ducklings at Broken Cross, Rudheath, on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Cheshire
The River Weaver, Cheshire
Sunset at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire

WALLINGTON GARDEN - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Wallington Garden near Cambo in Northumberland
Fungi at Wallington Garden, a National Trust property in Northumberland
A lakeside walk to Wallington's walled garden
Autumn colours at Wallington Garden, 12 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland


THE HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Lindisfarne Castle - the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden and Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Boat Sheds and Lindisfarne Castle
St. Cuthbert's Island viewed from Lindisfarne

CUMBRIA
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The ruins of Frith Hall, viewed from Long Garth Farm, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Sizergh Castle Gardens, Cumbria
Windermere viewed from the Brockhole Visitor Centre, Cumbria

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Clatteringshaws Loch - Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden, Castle Douglas - Dumfries and Galloway
The River Cree, Newton Stewart - Dumfries and Galloway
Thistles (village of Parton) Dumfries and Galloway

THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES
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The National Botanic Garden of Wales - the Great Glasshouse and fountain
Protea plants in the Great Glasshouse
Herbaceous borders (rhododendron - 'Pink Gin')
The Japanese Garden : National Botanic Garden of Wales

SPRING AT PENRHYN CASTLE - GWYNEDD
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Penrhyn Castle and native primroses
Tulips in the upper walled garden at Penrhyn Castle
Gunnera plants in the jungle like bog garden at Penrhyn Castle
Native bluebells - Penrhyn Castle

TYNE & WEAR
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Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Roker Beach Marina, Sunderland
The Penshaw Monument (The Earl of Durham's Monument)
Souter Lighthouse (Marsden : South Shields)

A WINTER WALK ROUND COWM RESERVOIR - WHITWORTH
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Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale in the South Pennines
Nursery rhyme ".... two little ducks went swimming one day ... " Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
A duck watching sheepdog at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
First signs of spring - Catkins at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth

LAKELAND WINTER
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Ennerdale Water - Cumbria
Wastwater- Cumbria
Windermere - Wray Castle, Cumbria
Tarn Hows - Cumbria

CHRISTMAS WALLPAPER
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Gordon Rigg Garden Centre - Walsden, West Yorkshire
The Apothecary, Haworth - West Yorkshire
Selby Abbey - North Yorkshire
Howden Minster - East Riding of Yorkshire

NORFOLK
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Horsey Windpump - Norfolk
Duke of Wellington Statue at Norwich Cathedral
Happisburgh Lighthouse
Wroxham - Norfolk
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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.

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