Posted in Architecture, England

Archtrove Travels To York – Harry Potter Inspo

York is the place you think of to experience old-school English charm, with its historical references, its quaint and charming streets and its knooks and crannies.


York Minister

Most famous of its buildings is the York Minister. Proudly sitting in the square with surrounding shops, which would have once been the market, it would have stood over, keeping a watchful eye on the townspeople. It still does.

Young Wizards and York

In recent times, The Shambles has become known to become the home of fictional Diagon Alley from the fabulous written Harry Potter, or at least the inspiration for it causing an abundant of wizardry shops to take hold. To be fair to J.K. Rowling it is not hard to see why the streets of York would not be a place fit for the wizardry world.

Cobbled Streets and York

With its cobbled streets and prehistoric stone monuments, it is not hard to see why it was a nominee for a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Trawling through these small, narrow streets going off in every direction is no mean feat to encompass for travellers. The city is, as it was in its Roman times.

Stone Walls and York

A sturdy stone wall surrounds the whole of York city centre, one of the longest lasting walls currently occupying Britain. Set a couple of metres higher than the city it makes for a great walk and view of the town.

Architectural Sites in York

  • The Wall
  • The Shambles



Posted in Architecture, England

Archtrove Travels To Ironbridge – The First Iron Bridge in the World

Ironbridge is a 30 metre cast iron bridge built across the River Severn in 1779. It sits in the village of Ironbridge in the heart of the gorge, in Shropshire. It is the longest bridge to made of Iron at the time and is therefore known as beginning of the industrial revolution. Now it is open for all to visit, as well as a museum and shop.

What Need to Know About ….. Ironbridge, Telford

  • Known as the Industrial Revolution due to the perfection of the technique of smelting iron with coke, in Coalbrookdale, allowing much cheaper production of iron.
  • The bridge is the first of its kind fabricated from cast iron, and one of the few which have survived to the present day and therefore remains an important representative for the beginning of the industrial revolution
  • Construction began in 1779 and the bridge opened on New Year’s Day 1781
  • In 1986, it became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Location of Ironbridge

Ironbridge is a village on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It lies in the civil parish of The Gorge, in the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Shropshire is located in the central of England.

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Posted in Architecture, Birmingham, England

Archtrove Travels To Compton Verney – NT find

What Need to Know About ….. Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Compton Verney is a Grade I listed house built in 1714 by Richard Verney, 11th Baron Willoughby de Broke. It was first extensively extended by George Verney, 12th Baron Willoughby de Broke in the early 18th century and then remodelled and the interiors redesigned by Robert Adam for John Verney, the 14th baron, in the 1760s. It is set in more than 120 acres (0.49 km2) of parkland landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in 1769.

The house and its 5,079-acre (20.55 km2) estate was sold by Richard Greville Verney, the 19th baron, in 1921 to soap magnate Joseph Watson who was elevated to the peerage as 1st Baron Manton of Compton Verney only two months before his death in March 1922 from a heart attack whilst out hunting with the Warwickshire Foxhounds at nearby Upper Quinton. George Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton sold the property to Samuel Lamb. It was requisitioned by the Army during World War II and became vacant when the war ended.

In 1993 it was bought in a run-down state by the Peter Moores Foundation, a charity supporting music and the visual arts established by former Littlewoods chairman Sir Peter Moores. The property was restored to a gallery capable of hosting international exhibitions. Compton Verney Art Gallery is now run by Compton Verney House Trust, a registered charity.

The collections include Neapolitan art from 1600 to 1800; Northern European medieval art from 1450–1650; British portraits including paintings of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Edward VI and works by Joshua Reynolds; Chinese bronzes including objects from the Neolithic and Shang periods; British folk art; and the Enid Marx / Margaret Lambert Collection of folk art from around the world which inspired the textile designs of 20th century artist Enid Marx.

Location of The Compton Verney

Compton Verney House is an 18th-century country mansion at Compton Verney near Kineton in Warwickshire, England, which has been converted to house the Compton Verney Art Gallery.

Gallery for Compton Verney

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Archtrove Travels To Britain – with the National Trust

The National Trust is a charity organisation for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty in Britain found in 1895. The premises is to protect the heritage and open spaces so that it is enjoyable for all. It covers, England, Wales and Northern Irelands, Scotland have there own. The large majority are English country houese but it also protects natural beauty sites such as Lake District, urban properties and nature reserves. Also includes, stately home, historic house, castle, abbey, museum. These properties are easily accesible by the public, for a small charge.

What is part of the National Trust:
  • 775 miles of coastline
  • Over 248,000 hectares of land
  • Over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.
  • Close to one million objects and works of art

National Trust Properties include:


Charlcote Park

Baddesley Clinton

Coughton Court

Tip: If you live in Britain it is worth getting a membership as this works out cheaper and you are more likely to visit these beautiful sites and discover something that you did not know existed.

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Archtrove Travels To Nottinghamshire – Sherwood Forest and Wollaton Hall

Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west

Nottingham in Nottinghamshire

Nottingham is a city in central England’s Midlands region. It’s known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and for the hilltop Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, rebuilt many times since the medieval era. In the Lace Market area, once the centre of the world’s lace industry, the Galleries of Justice Museum has crime-related exhibits. Wollaton Hall is an ornate Elizabethan mansion with gardens and a deer park.

History of Nottinghamshire

 Roman settlements are inevitable in this county, for example at Mansfield and forts such as at the Broxtowe Estate in Bilborough. However, there is evidence of Saxon settlement at the Broxtowe Estate, Oxton, near Nottingham, and Tuxford, east of Sherwood Forest. The name first occurs in 1016, but until 1568 the county was administratively united with Derbyshire, under a single Sheriff. In Norman times the county developed malting and woollen industries.

What To See in Nottinghamshire

It is famous for its involvement with the legend of Robin Hood. This is also the reason for the numbers of tourists who visit places like Sherwood Forest, City of Nottingham and the surrounding villages in Sherwood Forest. The ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron is also located here at Newstead Abbey,. It is now owned by Nottingham City Council and open to the public. As is the acclaimed author D. H. Lawrence, who was from Eastwood. Toton was the birthplace and home of English folk singer-songwriter Anne Briggs, well known for her song ‘Black Waterside’.


Buildings to Visit in Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Hall

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Archtrove travels to Bath – georgian architecture and beautiful streets

Architecture in Bath

Bath, located in Somerset, is a UNESCO Heritage Site, a copious amount of honey-coloured Georgian architecture and one of the most beautiful streets in Britain, Bath is the epitome of a beautiful independent city. The history of Bath’s architecture and its use of spaces is what makes this a world heritage site. Bath still holds a 2,000-year-old original Roman Baths, the only one in Britain. With more museums in a square mile than any other English. 

Georgian Period in Bath

Through the Georgian period, extensive ranges of uniform streets, landscaped spaces, blocks of tall stone-built Georgian houses and public buildings were built. The many examples of Palladian architecture are purposefully integrated with the urban spaces to provide picturesque aestheticism. Other examples are seen in Britain such as that of Covent Garden Piazza.

Important Buildings in Bath

n addition to the Georgian houses, Bath has a number of 18th-century public buildings, mostly within the city. These include the Grand Pump Room, the Concert Room, the Upper Assembly Room and Theatre Royal and the Holburne Museum.

Important buildings also include the Roman Baths; neoclassical and Bath Abbey in the city centre. Of equal importance are the residential buildings designed and built into boulevards and crescents– well-known examples being the Royal Crescent, built around 1770, and The Circus, built around 1760, where each of the three curved segments faces one of the entrances, ensuring that there is always a classical facade facing the entering visitor.


Posted in Malaysia

Archtrove travels to Kuala Lumpur – the hub of malaysia

Architecture in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public sky bridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Influences in Kuala Lumpur

The city is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and post-modern mix. Being a relatively young city, most of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial buildings were built toward the end of 19th and early 20th century. These buildings have Mughal, Tudor, Neo-Gothic or Grecian-Spanish style or architecture. Most of the styling has been modified to cater to use local resources and the acclimatized to the local climate, which is hot and humid all year around.

Independence in Malaysia

Independence coupled with the rapid economic growth from the 70’s to the 90’s, saw buildings with more local and Islamic motifs arise in the central districts of the city. Many of these buildings derive their design from traditional Malay items, such as the head-dress and the keris. Some of these buildings have Islamic geometric motifs integrated with the designs of the building, such as square patterns or a dome.

Modernist Architecture

Late Modernist and Post-Modernist style architecture began to appear in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Buildings with all-glass exteriors sprang up around the city, with the most prominent example being the Petronas Twin Towers As an emerging global city in a newly industrialized economy, the city skyline is expected to experience further changes in decades to come with construction works like The Gardens, The Pavilion, Four Seasons Place, Lot C of KLCC and many more.




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Pretty Pakistan – The Ultimate Guide

Architecture in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country abundant with natural beauty and stunning historical architecture but plagued with corrupt politics. Its architecture has been inflicted by its difficulties through its various time periods and rulings. Its styles range from Mughal to Modern, from British to Greek. Its building range from government buildings to mausoleums and mosques with Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, and Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum, Karachi some of the most famous.

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