Some of the great medieval cathedrals of the south and south west of England - the inspiration for Ken Follett’s ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (1989). Left to right, top to bottom: Winchester Cathedral exterior, medieval floor tiles inside Winchester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral exterior, the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral in the morning mist, the chapter house at Salisbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral exterior and Wells Cathedral interior.
One of our personal favourite entries, Ansty Plum, a 1960s modernist house renovated by London firm Coppin Dockray, has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year. The home is located in a small village in Wiltshire, England. It was built in 1962 by architect David Levitt – who later went on to establish Levitt Bernstein – and then extended in the early 1970s Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson. “Ansty Plum is a very special 20th century house, resurrected for viable modern living without damaging the spirit or the fabric of the original. In the house what has been taken away, and what has not been added is as important as what has been rescued or retained.”
Made up of 16,000 English Yew Trees, the Longleat maze is the longest in Britain. It can take 90 minutes to complete. The maze is lcoated on Longleat Estate, a stately home belonging to the Marquesses of Bath. It was one of the first great English homes to be open to the public, and is one of the greatest examples of Elizabethan architecture.
Another popular activity at Longleat is the safari park, featuring elephants, tigers, monkeys and rhino. The safari park opened in 1966, and was the first drive through safari park established outside of Africa.