Plate section

Giants, Ancestors, Ruins, Argonauts

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DUNAGOIL
‘glowing orangey-green hill against the wine-dark sea and Arran’s late afternoon battleship grey’ (see pages).

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THE WALL AND WHIN SILL
‘it looked to us like some immense humpbacked prehistoric monster’
(see pages).

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SNOWDONIA
‘The giants were there too’ (see pages).

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DINAS EMRYS
‘Three times his masons and carpenters built their ramparts, and three times they fell down in the night’
(see pages).

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HERE LYETH…
‘people came by sea from many parts to be buried at Cooley’
(see pages).

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ALL HALLOWS, GOODMANHAM
‘Christian missionaries, at least the savvy ones, came bearing the promise of an upgrade, not a revolution’
(see pages).

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ST ANDREW’S, WROXETER
‘…like the wind through woods in riot, through him the gale of life blew high’
(see pages).

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ST MARTIN’s, WAREHAM
‘I stopped before the creamy-white marble effigy of a great warrior’
(see pages).

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DIN LLIGWY
‘We found Din Lligwy hidden in a copse of trees, like some sacred grove’
(see pages).

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DIN LLIGWY
‘Din Lligwy must have been the settlement of an elite family, the massive neatness of the stone foundations… tell of wealth and architectural pretension’
(see pages).

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ROTHESAY
‘Perhaps post-Roman Britain was a genteel, faded seaside town of a land’
(see pages).

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LYSTYN GWYN
‘It was as if the inhabitants had vanished minutes before, never to return’
(see pages).

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ST GERMAN’S CATHEDRAL
‘…its dedication may be original and pre-date the island’s ascription to Patrick’ (see pages).

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ST CYBI’S WELL
‘…it was a rather lovely spot, green and quiet and perfect for a mid-morning break; and I drank the water’ (see pages).

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THE NORTH CHANNEL
‘…the sea-kingdom of the British of Rheged’
(see pages).

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A DISTANT GLIMPSE OF JURA
‘It was exhilarating sailing, utterly absorbing of mind and body and lived entirely in the moment’
(see pages).

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THE RIVER FROME AT WAREHAM
‘The Great Heathen Army made their headquarters here in 876’
(see pages).

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ST PATRICK’S ISLE
‘Monks and traders, raiders and royal fleets found the same places convenient’
(see pages).

Encounters, Entrepreneurs, Identities, Spaces

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MORAG, KYLES OF BUTE
‘Donald Clark, her owner and skipper, plucked us off the beach as cool as you like’
(see pages).

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INISHOWEN — MARTIN HOPKINS, DESSIE MCCALLION, COLM O’BRIEN
‘…during that first morning on site there was a more or less continuous, and welcome, stream of visitors’ (see pages).

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SOMERSET
‘this layer cake of generations of farmers, drovers, artisans and cottagers’
(see pages).

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ESSEX
‘More back lanes; more rain… no one to meet by chance or talk to; no walkers of any kind’
(see pages).

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HIGHLAND CATTLE, HALTWHISTLE BURN
‘…peering curiously through their fringes at gawping passers-by’
(see pages).

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WHITECHAPEL
‘tensions that hold this extraordinary urban orrery in perpetual, confounding, vibrant equipoise’
(see pages).

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MOVILLE, INISHOWEN
‘We had been allowed the run of Rosato’s bar… so we were guaranteed an audience’ (see pages).

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WHITBY
‘…mecca for Dracula fans mostly unaware of an earlier, dramatic catharsis between opposing moral forces’ (see pages).

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TRACTOR AT PORTHMEUDWY
‘It’s nice to see an old Fordson Major looking in such good trim…’
(see pages).

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LONDON
‘an emporium for many nations who came to it by land and by sea’
(see pages).

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MERSEA ISLAND
‘mile after mile of bright-painted beach huts’
(see pages).

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TOBERMORY
‘all brightly coloured houses, crowded jetties and drunks’ (see pages).

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DORSET
‘This mannered human landscape of field and hedge, wall and fence, is a very temporary borrowing from nature’
(see pages).

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GLASTONBURY TOR
‘We were tolerant of one another’ (see pages).

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SOUTH CADBURY
‘Let’s get the Arthurian record straight’
(see pages).

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EPPING FOREST
‘one expects at any time to come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by cast-off children or lounging, porridge-slurping bears’ (see pages).

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THE WALL
‘three plough furrows racing eastwards across the Northumbrian uplands’
(see pages).

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