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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.

Read the poem

Your stories

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.

Underwater love

"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

View over Alum Bay
Steps down to the beach at Alum Bay, Isle of Wight © John Lucas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Spotting the one at Speakers' Corner

"My mum and dad met at Hyde Park Corner in 1944 while listening to the soap box speakers."
 
Mandy Kidd

Crowd listening to debater at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, 1960s
Crowd listening to debater at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, 1960s © Historic England AA099715

Pier pressure

"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."

Tony Legge

View of Clevedon Pier at sunset
Clevedon Pier © Historic England K990506

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."
 
Daniel Jones

Roof tops of Corfe Castle village with castle in the distance
Corfe Castle © Historic England M961570

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

Two people standing on Tyringham Park bridge
Tyringham Park bridge, Milton Keynes. Image by Eric de Mare, 1945-80 © Historic England AA98/05109

Be inspired

  • 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.

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