After months inside, the outside certainly beckons, an invitation to explore from an old and treasured friend. Where better than where the Romans walked, across a West Berkshire field? In Speen, the “mother of Newbury,” post-Roman history was lost and re-emerged in Saxon times, and, later, in the Domesday Book.

A sustainable place goes forward and back, and onward again, building on itself as it meets new worlds. Amid disruption and turmoil comes what will last. And sometimes, this endurance is hard to see.

There is no better friend than the history of a place. This time, it is a West Berkshire field. But it could be anywhere that you choose to find.

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