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The first written record of Thames Ditton in Surrey was in 983. However, it remained a small village until the early 16th Century when Hampton Court Palace was built nearby.

Lewes was originally a Saxon village founded in around the 6th Century after the Saxons invaded East Sussex in the 5th Century. There has also been evidence that the Roman settlement of Mutuantonis may have been in the local area.

Wantage is a historic market town dating back to the Roman times. The Roman village of Wantage originally was built to serve the agricultural community in the surrounding countryside. The village appears to have been built in the 1st Century and survived well into the 4th Century.

Thatcham is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country, with evidence of occupation dating from prehistoric times.

There is little information about Tonbridge prior to the Domesday book in 1086. However, people are believed to have travelled through the area to cross the river in the Iron Age. An ancient trackway has been traced running along the east side of the present Shipbourne Road, and there is evidence that the Romans used it to serve their Wealden iron industry.

Following on from the success of the heritage open day weekend in 2017, this year for the first time the Heritage Open Days will take place over two weekends in September.

Andover started as a Saxon village. It was first mentioned in history was in 950 AD when King Edred built a royal hunting lodge in the village.

London is home to thousands of period properties. With such a rich heritage, there are several conservation areas and listed buildings across the city helping to maintain and preserve the history.

The first permanent settlement in Teddington is believed to have been in Saxon times. The name Teddington is believed to have derived from the name of an English tribal leader, Tuda.

The first reference to Beaconsfield was in 1185, where it was called Bekenesfeld. The town is believed to have started in the Saxon period.

There has been a settlement in Newbury since the Saxon period. Originally the Saxon settlement was known as Ulvritone, before later being called New Burgh. Over time this then became Newbury.

Berkhamsted is a historic market town with a long history. The earliest written reference dates from 970 and the town is home to the oldest known extant jettied timber-framed building in Great Britain, which was built between 1277 and 1297. The building, which can be located at 173 High Street, was given a Victorian façade in the 19th Century. The property still survives today and is Grade II* listed.

With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just days away, the eyes of the world will soon be on St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Berkshire.

People have lived in Winchester for over 2,000 years with the first permanent residents arriving in the Iron Age.

There is evidence that the area around Reigate has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. In 1088 the area was granted to William de Warenne by William the Conqueror and a castle was constructed soon after.

Until the 13th Century, Harpenden in Hertfordshire consisted of small hamlets and farms. There is even evidence that Belgae farmers originally lived in the area in the 1st Century BC. There are also traces of Roman villas and Roman artefacts in the area.

Abingdon is argued to be Britain’s oldest town. With archaeological discoveries dating back to the late Iron Age, the area is believed to have attracted early settlers due to the food and trading opportunities that the River Ock and River Thames provided.

Fleet was originally uninhabited heathland used to graze animals and cut peal for fuel. Fleet Pond, believed to have been created during the Roman period, provided fish for the Bishops of Winchester and Winchester Abbey until 1536.

The market town of Horsham in West Sussex dates back to 947 AD. Unusually for town names, the name has not altered since it was first written in the Saxon period.

Canterbury in Kent is a historic cathedral city which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 1st Century AD, Romans captured the settlement, renaming it Durovernum Cantuacorum.

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