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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

For fans of the BBC's 'Life in Squares' a visit to Charleston is a must!

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Charleston was the country retreat for the writers of the Bloomsbury Group that included Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and Maynard Keynes. The house has been maintained so that it looks the way it did when the eclectic group of family and friends lived there.

Inspired by Italian frescoes, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston themselves.

On the coast, the picturesque village of Rottingdean was the home of writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the Just So stories here at his home The Elms. The writer of National Velvet, Enid Bagnold, also lived in the village.

There’s no shortage of literary history in the centre of Brighton either. You can see the sights that inspired Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Patrick Hamilton, Lewis Carroll, William Makepeace Thackeray and, of course, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.

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