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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.

Aylesbury sits on the site of an Iron Age hillfort that is believed to date from around 650BC. The name Aylesbury derives from when the town was a Saxon settlement called Aegel's burgh.

Hastings is well known for the 1066 ‘Battle of Hastings’ where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold’s army to become the next King of England. However, most historians* believe that the battle was located at nearby Battle Abbey, approximately 6 miles North of Hastings.

Do you want to explore different historic sites in England? You can now view a walk around tour of around 30 different English Heritage sites from the comfort of your own home.

Wokingham means ‘Wocca’s people’s home’ and the town dates back to the Saxon times, when the town was a Saxon settlement occupied by the followers of a man called Wocca. Wocca also owned lands at Wokefield and Woking.

Haslemere is located within Surrey, in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is near the border of Hampshire and Sussex. Prehistoric tools and weapons have been discovered in the area dating from Celtic and Romano-British times. However, very little is known about Haslemere until the 12th Century, when a chapel was built in the village.

Royal Tunbridge Wells, commonly referred to as Tunbridge Wells, was initially a spa retreat after Lord North drank from the local spring in 1606 and claimed it healed him from his illness. When he returned to London the news spread and many people flocked to the water.

The earliest mention of Amersham as a settlement was in 796. Between 1066 and 1655 Amersham is recorded to have had 38 different names, including Agmodesham, Hamersham and Amersame.

Guildford was initially a Saxon village located by a ford. The village grew and became a town in the early 10th Century.

Well known today as the home to Oxford University, the first mention of Oxford dates back to 911, when the city was known as Oxnaforda.

Heritage Open Days celebrates the history and culture of England. The festival includes thousands of events, ranging from workshops to tours and is part of the European Heritage Days events.

Chichester was founded by the Romans when they landed in 43 AD. The Romans built a fort on the River Lavant to receive supplies from France and named the settlement “Noviomagus”. In Roman Chichester the rich lived in houses with glass windows, mosaic floors, painted murals on walls and even a form of central heating. However, by the end of the 4th Century the town began to decline.

Woking is a historic town in Surrey located on the River Wey. Woking has previously been known under many similar names, such as Wochingas.

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