Welcome to this year’s theme reveal for the A-Z blogging challenge.
After the previous year’s cathedrals and abbeys, I decided to continue the theme of historical places of the British Isles. With the success of Downton Abbey and The Crown on TV, it would be easy to pick the stately homes of Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace and Audley End and find plenty of information, but I wanted to challenge myself to go a bit further.
So my theme is….
The (lesser known) Great Houses of Britain!
Many of these homes are in private ownership and not open to the public, so finding them is a little tricky and delving into their past probably even more so. I’ve an ulterior motive in looking at these houses, halls and mansions – my novel, The Women of Heachley Hall.
One of my beta readers fell in love with the house in my book, she went off to google it. It doesn’t exist and is based on a composite of houses I’ve seen or visited. However, her feedback did make me realise the house is a character in my book as much as the people and if I treated it so, it might bring it alive, which turned out to be essential to the story. I scoured the internet for images and ideas of what Heachley Hall might look like and in doing so uncovered the hidden treasures of my country – beautiful grand houses.
Over April, I shall endeavour to share with you these places, whether they are built from stone or timber, Medieval or Victorian, and if they ever had a purpose beyond being a home.