The Historic Houses Association (HHA) today announces the launch of its exciting new online Literary Trail. The trail features over 40 HHA Member houses, all around the UK, that have links to literary figures, books and plays. 2017 has been named the “Year of Literary Heroes” by Visit England, where better to celebrate this than at the houses of these heroes themselves?
Authors as diverse as D.H. Lawrence, Charlotte Brontë, Roald Dahl and George Eliot are all connected with HHA Member houses. Our varied Member houses are all independently owned and many have been in the same families for generations. Perhaps you’ll be shown around by a descendant of one of these literary greats? Maybe the author will sign your book? Can you find the desk where your favourite novel was written?
HHA Director General Ben Cowell said: "It’s no surprise that so many Historic Houses Association Member houses have links to literary heroes of the past – from William Shakespeare to Jane Austen. What is less well known is that some of our Members’ houses remain the lived-in homes of authors today, who draw inspiration from the beauty of their surroundings. Visiting these special places helps to preserve them for future generations. We hope you enjoy the many houses on our trail, and the literary masterpieces with which they are associated."
To find out more, access the trail at hha.org.uk/literary and click on the pins to uncover the stories. Please check opening dates and times before visiting.