5 buildings with LGBT history


The Bolthole near Driffield, Yorkshire, is the place that inspired artist David Hockney to come back to his native UK and to continue his painting career, cottage.com reports.

The Forge near Warminster, Wiltshire is a part of a property once owned by WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon who was rumored to have been in relationships with Ivor Novello, Prince Philipp of Hesse and the socialite Stephen Tennant. American soldiers had their camps there during the World War II but now the building is totally restored and those who have been there understand why it used to be the place where poetry is created.

Lea Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, was a childhood home of Florence Nightingale and now the only word to describe it is ‘luxurious’ — chandeliers, fireplaces, designed furniture and even plasma TV, everything for people’s comfort.

Bevington near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, belonged to the father of William Shakespeare. It has a beautiful location and amazing views. Shakespeare was not gay, though some scientists find hints on his possible bisexuality in his sonnets and in his ‘Fair Lord’ references in more than 100 poems. Even though Shakespeare’s sexuality remains in question, he remains an iconic figure for the entire LGBT community and it would be interesting for LGBT tourists to explore his roots.

Seascape, Fowey, Cornwall, Fowey was where Daphne Du Maurier found her inspiration, creating classics such as Rebecca, The Birds and Jamaica Inn. The writer thought her bisexuality was the key to writing many moody classics. In contrast there’s very little dark about Seascape, but experienced tourists ensure that people never feel sad there.


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