It was on a road trip from the south coast of England to the Midlands that I decided on a break after two hours of driving. I looked around for a suitably interesting place to stop and was fascinated to see that a small manor house was on my route. It was not its significance to English history that made this place special, but its connection across the Atlantic to North America.

Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire. (Nick Thorne)
Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire. (Nick Thorne)