Mystery of three 400-year-old secret letters found under floorboards of historic mansion – including a shopping list – Mirror Online

Three 400-year-old letters – including a shopping list – have been uncovered in a rare discovery under floorboards of an historic mansion.

The amazing hidden treasures, dating from 1603, 1622 and 1633, have unearthed secrets about Tudor mansion Knole House, and how it was run in the 17th century.

All three letters were found by…

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The Tale Of A Hidden House That Once Hid A King

It’s something of a puzzle. When you first encounter Moseley Old Hall with its Staffordshire brickwork you feel sure you are looking at a Victorian building. And what’s more, rather than saying his…

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A rare accolade to ” Lawrence of Arabia “ | David Hencke

Lawrence of Arabia: Pic credit: BBC

While the press has been inundated by flooding stories and fears of terrorist attacks  by Islamic State in the run up to Christmas , the government slipped out a genuine good news announcement  for fans of ” Lawrence of Arabia “.

The heritage minister, Tracey Crouch, announced that Clouds Hill, the tiny home of T E Lawrence , near Wareham in Dorset has been given Grade II * status – an Historic England  accolade given to only a few hundred buildings in England. The ruling gives its special protection.

The decision  taken 80 years after Lawrence’s death has been given no coverage by the press but is a piece of living history for anyone interested in…

Source: A rare accolade to ” Lawrence of Arabia “ | David Hencke

Witchmarks to protect King James I found on concealed wooden beams | Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Originally posted on Past Horizons.

Archaeologists exploring National Trust property Knole, in Kent (southeast England), have uncovered a series of 17th century witchmarks with an intriguing history. Discovered in a room built to accommodate royalty, the marks lay hidden for centuries.

The discovery comes as part of the National Trust’s five-year project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, to conserve Knole, one of Britain’s most important historic houses…

via Witchmarks to protect King James I found on concealed wooden beams | Archaeology News from Past Horizons.