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THE Old Medicine House at Blackden, near Goostrey has become part of a literary trail which includes some of the most iconic historic places in the UK.

The home of famous author Alan Garner has joined, amongst others, Blenheim Palace, Kelmscott Manor, and Combermere Abbey on the Historic Houses Association Literary Trail.

The trail features houses that have links to literary figures, books and plays.

Most have links to famous writers from the past, but some are still lived in by authors including the Old Medicine House, where Alan Garner still writes.

It is now cared for by The Blackden Trust.

Alan Garner has lived in Blackden since 1957, and all his work has been written there.

There is archaeological evidence that the garden has been occupied for 10,000 years, which makes Alan just the most recent inhabitant.

It is a good place for an author who writes stories based on the archaeology, history and folklore of the Cheshire landscape where most of his novels are set.

The Blackden Trust runs conducted tours and special events from April to October each year, when visitors can see the archaeology of this ancient site and experience the atmosphere of the Tudor Old Medicine House.

They will see objects that inspired the former Goostrey Primary School pupil’s novels, such as svart hammers from The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, the Victorian plates that are at the core of The Owl Service, and other catalysts of his books.

Alan and Griselda Garner, cofounders of The Blackden Trust, were shortlisted for the Heritage England Angel Awards 2016 in the Outstanding Contribution to Heritage category.

Details can be found at theblackdentrust.org.uk