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  1. May 2019
    1. Blenheim

      "The name of Blenheim Place near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a noble palace of the dukes of Marlborough. King Ethelred is said to have called a council here , and Alfred the Great to have translated "Boethius de Consolatio Philosophiae" at this place. Here was a magnificent royal palace which was the favourite retreat of several kings of England at different periods till the reign of Charles the First when, during the civil commotions, it was reduced almost to ruins. It was not, however entirely demolished till after the building of Blenheim, when every trace of the ancient edifice was removed and two elm trees were planted on its seite."

    2. Matlock

      " A village seated on the river Derwent. It has two baths, whose waters are warm, and the place is much frequented in the bathing season. It is an extensive straggling village, built in the romantic style, on the steep side of a mountain, the houses rising regularly one above another, form the bottom nearly to the summit. There are good accommodations of the company who resort to the baths; and the poorer inhabitants are supported by the sale of petrifications, crystals and other curiosities of nature. Notwithstanding the rockiness of the soil, the cliffs of the rocks produce an immense number of trees, whose foliage adds greatly to the beauty of the place."

    3. Chatsworth

      "The model for Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s home in Pride and Prejudice, and the great house served as Pemberley for the 2005 film adaptation. The home of the Dukes of Devonshire, Chatsworth dates from the Elizabethan era when Bess of Hardwick and William Cavendish, the treasurer of the Chamber to Henry VIII, acquired the land. The exterior was rebuilt in the early 1700’s by William, the 1st Duke of Devonshire (Bess’s son). He built it wing by wing until some of the Elizabethan structure was buried deep within its new walls.

      The first duke also renovated the garden, making it a complement to the house and causing Daniel Defoe to call it “the most pleasant garden and the most beautiful palace in the world.”<br>

    4. Dovedale

      "A valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors.The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles (5 km) between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south. In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river, and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes."

    5. Derbyshire

      "A county of north central England; county town, Matlock"(OED). "It is also,a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire, containing the southern extremity of the Pennines range of hills which extend into the north of the county. "

    6. Pemberley

      "Imaginary state in Derbyshire"

    7. enlarging

      “ To widen, render more comprehensive (a person's thoughts, sympathies, affections); to expand, increase the capacity of (the mind)” (OED).

    8. illiberal

      “Narrow-minded,without liberal culture, unscholarly; [...] unrefined" (OED).