The Nuttery

The Nuttery

Date

24 August 2019

Location

Glen Dowlin, Yanwath, Penrith, Cumbria
NY 51239 26781; 54.63377°N, 2.75690°W

Information

Situated in a development of around 60 units, this Scandinavian-style lodge is located 3 miles from the centre of Penrith in the Eden Valley in Cumbria.

Further Reading

The Nuttery

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Carnasserie Castle

Carnasserie Castle, Kilmartin

Date

23 August 2018

Location

Carnasserie, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute
NM 83901 00834; 56.15105°N, 5.48078°W

Information

Carnasserie Castle was in its day one of Argyll’s finest Renaissance mansions. The five-storey tower with adjoining three-storey hall was built in the 1560s by John Carswell (c 1522 – 1572), first Protestant Bishop of the Isles (1565 – 1572). The property was entrusted to Carswell by his patron Archibald Campbell (1537 – 1573), 5th Earl of Argyll. Carswell’s main legacy was his publication in Edinburgh in 1567 of the first book ever printed in Gaelic (Irish or Scottish) – this was a translation of John Knox’s Book of Common Order.

The castle was badly damaged in 1685 by Royalist forces in an uprising by Archibald Campbell (c 1629 – 1685), 9th Earl of Aryll, against James VII, in which Campbell was captured and executed. The castle thereafter lay disused and was purchased in the 19th century by the Malcolms of Poltalloch. Today it is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

Further Reading

Carnasserie Castle (Historic Environment Scotland)

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Campbeltown

Campbeltown

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 72150 20344; 55.42384°N, 5.60224°W

Information

With a population of c. 5,000, Campbeltown is the most southerly main settlement in the Kintyre peninsula. It also lays claim to being the westernmost town in mainland Great Britain. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran, the town was renamed in the 17th century after Archibald Campbell (1629-1685), 9th Earl of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

Campbeltown’s importance grew as its industries of fishing, shipbuilding and whisky production thrived. 34 whisky distilleries have been established in the town, with 25 in concurrent operation in its heyday in the mid 19th century, and its fishing fleet numbered more than 600 vessels. Today, shipbuilding has disappeared, fishing activity has vastly reduced, and there are at present three whisky distilleries in operation in the town.

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Inveraray Castle

The entrance porch was designed in 1871 by English architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877)

Date

20 August 2018

Location

Inveraray, Argyll and Bute
NN 09555 09313; 56.23806°N, 5.07455°W

Information

The Category A listed Inveraray Castle is set in 6.5 hectares of gardens with the overall estate covering an area of 24,000 hectares. The mansion replaced an earlier 15th-century castle and was designed in 1746 by English architect Roger Morris (1695-1749). The property is located on the shore of Scotland’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne, and in the 1770s the village of Inveraray was moved in order to secure a more secluded position for the castle.

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll, the chiefs of Clan Campbell. The dukedom was created in 1701 in the Peerage of Scotland and in 1892 the 8th Duke was also created Duke of Argyll in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Parts of the castle are open to the public with private apartments being occupied by Torquhil Ian Campbell (b 1968), the 13th and 6th Duke of Argyll, and his family. Campbell is also captain of Scotland’s national elephant polo team.

The castle featured as the fictional Duneagle Castle in the 2012 Christmas special episode of the television series Downton Abbey.

Further Reading

Inveraray Castle

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Stanley Park, Liverpool

Stanley Park

Date

16 February 2018

Location

Walton Lane, Liverpool
SJ 36091 93848; 53.43750°N, 2.96350°W

Information

Covering an area of 45 hectares, Liverpool’s Grade II* listed Stanley Park was designed by landscape architect Edward Kemp (1817-1891) and opened in 1870. Located within the park is the Grade II listed Isla Gladstone Conservatory, which was built in 1899. This restored Victorian conservatory serves as a hospitality venue and includes a café on the ground floor.

Further Reading

Stanley Park (Liverpool City Council)

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Echo Arena, Liverpool

Echo Arena, Liverpool

Date

15 February 2018

Location

Kings Parade, Liverpool
SJ 34219 89543; 53.39858°N, 2.99077°W

Information

The Echo Arena entertainment venue together with the adjoining BT Convention Centre form ACC Liverpool (Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool). The centre was designed by London-based architects WilkinsonEyre and Bath-based consultants BuroHappold Engineering and opened in 2008 to host the official launch of the city’s European Capital of Culture year.

The £164 million centre is owned by Liverpool City Council and is operated by The ACC Liverpool Group Ltd.

Further Reading

Echo Arena

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M-SParc

M-SParc’s flagship building, still under construction and the first of eight buildings planned for the site

Date

14 January 2018

Location

Gaerwen, Anglesey
SH 49110 72048; 53.22397°N, 4.26166°W

Information

Plans for the 7.8-hectare Menai Science Parc (M-SParc) were submitted in December 2014 with Anglesey Council granting outline permission in May 2015. The Welsh Government provided £10 million of funding with a further £10 million grant from the EU’s European Regional Development Funding allowing the first phase of the development to proceed. Construction started in 2016.

The flagship building, one of a planned total of eight on the park, was designed by Newcastle-based architects FaulknerBrowns and will provide 5,000 square metres of office, laboratory and workshop space to a number of business tenants. It is planned to open in April 2018.

The M-SParc company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangor University.

Further Reading

M-SParc

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