There’s no larger pleasure than diving into the pages of a great e-book, however what occurs after the story ends? In our occasional collection, we discover the placement of a basic e-book and uncover extra about its creator – plus discover fabulous locations to eat, drink and keep.
Earlier than mischievous Peter Rabbit, earlier than Wilbur the pig and earlier than Mole, Toad and Ratty, there was Bess, a really well-bred and well-behaved horse. Black Magnificence was one of many first youngsters’s tales to be informed from an animal’s perspective. It was an on the spot hit and has since bought 50 million copies.
Revealed in 1878, it was not only a fairly story – it revealed the struggling of working horses and had a profound affect on the early animal-rights motion.
The primary chapter in creator Anna Sewell’s personal story begins in Nice Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1820. It’s the place she was home-schooled by her mom Mary, herself a youngsters’s creator.
From there, the household moved to London, the place Anna learnt to trip. After damaging her ankles in an accident, she struggled to stroll and was purchased a pony entice to get round.
By the point she was 14, horses had begun to outline her life. Anna’s declining well being noticed her household transfer to Brighton for the ocean air earlier than they relocated to Lancing, then Tub, then lastly again to Norfolk.
It felt like a homecoming, however Anna nonetheless grew to become bedridden with a terminal sickness. Black Magnificence, dictated to her mom from her sickbed, was printed 5 months earlier than her demise, aged 57. It was her solely novel.
Earlier than her sickness, stables and stud farms had introduced Norfolk to life for Anna, and loads of the red-brick farm buildings are nonetheless there to see. The county is house to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the UK’s largest equine charity, and there are two of their shelters to find. Caldecott Home is house to 110 rehabilitated steeds, whereas the sanctuary at Aylsham has 50 residents, together with a real-life black magnificence referred to as Maya (redwings.org.uk).
Cease in Nice Yarmouth, the place Anna’s childhood house has been refashioned because the tearoom Kirsty’s Cakery (kirstyscakery.co.uk), or canter to Norwich the place you’ll discover Sewell Barn, stated to be the barn that housed ‘Bess’ herself and now a theatre, and at Sewell Park close by a commemorative horse trough.
Keep on Somerleyton Property – within the type of the novel’s Birtwick Park – at nation pub The Fritton Arms (frittonarms.co.uk).
Farther afield is Congham Corridor Resort, a Georgian manor surrounded by fields of galloping horses (conghamhallhotel.co.uk). Sandringham is close by and residential to the Royal Stud. Look amongst them for Royal Applause, one other black magnificence that’s sired greater than 700 race winners (sandringhamestate.co.uk).