The strangest country I ever visited was England…

Portsmouth, Hampshire

…but I visited it at a very early age…

Royal Pavillion, Brighton, Sussex

… and so became a little queer myself.

Colchester, Essex

England is extremely subtle; and about the best of it there is something almost secretive…

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS2

… it is an amateur even more than aristocratic in tradition…

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York, Yorkshire, YO1

… it is never official.

Folkestone, Kent

From GK Chesterton’s Autobiography (1936)


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