Celebrating England in Love
From the historic pub to the Victorian park, the first kiss, a declaration or a parting. All remembered with a smile, with nostalgia or regret. Heritage leaves its mark on all of us.
Poet, Bridget Minamore, has created a poem to help us celebrate love and historic places. From England, With Love is inspired by the unexpected, every day, spectacular places where we find romance. Click on the film below to take a look.
Many of you have been in touch to share your memories of love in historic places. Whether you stole a first kiss in an art deco picture house, or proposed on an ancient bridge, the historic environment is full of all our stories.
"I fell for my husband on an archaeological diving project based in the Western Solent. We dived various historic wrecks including the Alum Bay wreck which is related to the Needles protected wreck site. We even had sneaky kiss on the shot line!"
Alison James, Historic England Marine Archaeologist
Spotting the one at Speakers' Corner
"My mum and dad met at Hyde Park Corner in 1944 while listening to the soap box speakers."
"When I first met my now wife, we would walk along Clevedon pier reading the different plaques commemorating proposals, anniversaries births etc and hope that one day we could add to the stories on the pier. It's a beautiful place."
Kissing at Corfe Castle
"We are reenactors who take part in the Viking event on the first May Bank Holiday and this is where I first kissed my wife. We got engaged 12 months later on the exact same spot in the castle. We have been back every year since."
Bridge over troubled water
"In 2003, I was asked to give some repair advice on Tyringham Bridge, a scheduled monument designed by Sir John Soane. Later that month, I was invited to a wine tasting by a friend where I proceeded to regale one new arrival with the story of Tyringham Bridge and my work there. Despite this, or maybe because of it, and the drinking, he seemed to think I was all right. We considered using a Soane watercolour of the bridge on our wedding invitations, but decided against it. Maybe if we have an anniversary party, we'll think again!"
Clare Charlesworth, Historic England Principal Adviser for Heritage at Risk in the South East
- Most of the pictures on this page came from our Archive; the biggest national collection of records about the historic environment, some dating from as far back as the 1850s. Find images of your own special places in the Archive.
- Read our blog on romantic places in film.
- Our Pride of Place project has mapped places of importance to LGBTQ history. Read about love and pride in our research.
Want to share the places you love with the nation? The National Heritage List features over 400,000 sites, from castles to crypts, bridges to boat houses, piers to pubs. Find your listed place online and Enrich the List with your photos and knowledge.
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