Country Life October 5 2016 is our inspirational interiors number in which we explore cool colours and dream kitchens. We also reveal Simon Jenkins’s favourite cathedrals. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: John Goodall explores Battle Abbey in East Sussex, the building most directly connected with the seismic events of 1066

GARDENS: Jacky Hobbs finds astonishing asters at Norwell Nurseries

CATHEDRALS: Simon Jenkins compares the personalities of England’s citadels of culture and reveals his favourite

NORMANS VS SAXONS: The Norman Conquest was a defining and bloody era in history. John Goodall considers its legacy 950 years on

BATS: David Profumo takes a closer look at the bat with a bad reputation, the common pipistrelle

KITCHENS: Pig Hotels founder Robin Hutson gives Giles Kime a tour of his kitchen

INTERIORS: Arabella Youens finds inspiring ideas for the ‘90% room’; Roger Jones’s library; Beardmore ironmongers; fireplaces

FALCONRY: Adrian Dangar reveals the sport’s contribution to language

MOTORING: Charles Rangeley-Wilson meets the classic-car restorers

COOKING: Melanie Johnson does sweet things with her pear harvest

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill recommends the tranquil Waveney Valley and Carla Passino takes a Virtual Reality tour of a house

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