There are many very attractive houses in this area. When I say houses, I do mean proper stately and small country houses. The pickings were very rich indeed for some folk who managed to be on the right side in any skirmishes and battles, particularly in connection with the english civil war. Much ground was to be had in these battles and the resulting division of lands meant that some families were able to start their dynasties with just a modest sized home. After the redistribution of losing lands, then the rich just got richer and the poor swept up! Having a career in social history and knowing how the land was shared, which families had the most influence etc is a most fascinating subject and geneaology training courses and e-learning applications on the subject are particularly popular at the moment. The knowledge base is growing all the time.