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April 3, 2001.

Foot and Mouth Disease is Suspected in Germany

Germany officials are investigating a possible case near the border with the Netherlands.  100 Pigs have already been destroyed.  This is the 3rd suspected case in Germany.

Foot and Mouth Disease in Britain:

Meanwhile in Britain the situation is worsening.  Close to 1,000 cases have now been reported.

The foot and mouth disease virus affects susceptible animals which include cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, wild boar, deer and certain zoo animals but not horses, dogs and cats or poultry. It is highly infectious. The virus can be carried to animals by people, vehicles and non-susceptible animals.

There should be no concern of tourist to travel to Britain and visit historical sites such as castles. There is no reason to to cancel or postpone your visits. We recommend that you avoid all contact with susceptible livestock and do not go to farm premises or walk across land where livestock are, or may be kept. There are lots of things to do in the countryside which will not risk the spreading of the disease. 

Here is a guide to  Castles or Historical Sites in England:

This information is constantly changing, so see it often for the latest news.

Site Name County Open or Closed Status
Abbotsbury Abbey Dorset Closed
Abingdon County Hall Oxfordshire Open
Acton Burnell Castle Shropshire Open
Aldborough Roman Site North Yorkshire To open on 1 April
Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury Wiltshire Closed
Ambleside Roman Fort Cumbria Closed
Appuldurcombe House Isle of Wight Open
Archcliffe Fort, Dover Kent Closed
Arthur's Round Table Cumbria Closed
Ashby de la Zouch Castle Leicestershire Open
Auckland Castle Deer House Northumberland Closed
Avebury Sanctuary Wiltshire Closed
Avebury Silbury Hill Wiltshire Closed
Avebury West Kennet Avenue Wiltshire Closed
Aydon Castle Co. Durham Closed
Baconsthorpe Castle Norfolk Closed
Baguley Hall Lancashire Closed
Bant's Carn Burial Chambers Isles of Scilly Open
Barnard Castle Northumberland Open
Battle Abbey East Sussex Open but Battlefield is closed
Bayard's Cove Fort, Dartmouth Devon Open
Bayham Abbey East Sussex Open
Beadlam Roman Villa North Yorkshire Closed
Beeston Castle Cheshire Closed
Berkhamsted Castle Hertfordshire To open on 1 April
Berry Pomeroy Castle Devon To open on 1 April
Berwick Castle Northumberland Open
Binham Wayside Cross Norfolk To open on 1 April
Bishop's Waltham Palace Hampshire To open on 1 April
Blackbury Castle Devon Closed
Bolingbroke Castle Lincolnshire Closed
Bolsover Castle Derbyshire Open
Boscobel House & the Royal Oak Shropshire To open on 1 April
Bowes Castle Co. Durham Closed
Bowhill Devon Open
Bramber Castle West Sussex Closed
Bratton Camp & White Horse Wiltshire Closed
Bristol Temple Church Avon Open
Brodsworth Hall South Yorkshire To open on 1 April
Brough Castle Cumbria Closed
Brougham Castle Cumbria Closed
Buildwas Abbey Shropshire To open on 1 April
Burgh Castle Norfolk Closed
Burton Agnes Manor East Riding of Yorkshire To open on 1 April
Bury Court, Penhallam Cornwall Closed
Bury St Edmunds Abbey Suffolk To open on 1 April
Bury St Edmunds Norman Tower Suffolk To open on 1 April
Byland Abbey North Yorkshire To open on 1 April
Calshot Castle Hampshire To open on 1 April
Camber Castle East Sussex Closed
Canterbury Conduit House, Canterbury Kent Open
Cantlop Bridge Shropshire Open
Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight Open, but Outer grounds and walls closed
Carlisle Castle Cumbria Open
Castle Acre Castle Norfolk To open on 1 April
Castle Rising Castle Norfolk Open
Castlerigg Stone Circle Cumbria Closed
Chapter House & Pyx Chamber, Westminster London Open
Chester Castle Cheshire Open
Chester Roman Amphitheatre Cheshire Open
Chichele College Northamptonshire Open
Chisbury Chapel Wiltshire Closed
Chiswick House and garden buildings London Open
Christchurch Castle Dorset Open
Chysauster Ancient Village Cornwall Closed
Cleeve Abbey Somerset To open on 1 April
Clifford's Tower North Yorkshire Open
Clifton Hall Cumbria Closed
Clun Castle Shropshire Closed
Conisbrough Castle South Yorkshire Open
Creake Abbey Norfolk To open on 1 April
Cromwell's Castle Isles of Scilly Open
Croxden Abbey Staffordshire Closed
Dartmouth Castle Devon Open
Daws Castle Somerset Closed
De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton Bedfordshire To open on 1 April
Deal Castle Kent Open
Deddington Castle Oxfordshire Closed
Deerhurst Odda's Chapel Gloucestershire Closed
Denny Abbey Cambridgeshire To open on 1 April
Donnington Castle Berkshire Closed
Dover Castle Kent Open
Dunstanburgh Castle Northumberland Closed
Dunster Butter Cross Somerset Open
Dunster Yarn Market Somerset Open
Duxford Chapel Cambridgeshire Open
Dymchurch Martello Tower Kent Closed for operational reasons
Easby Abbey North Yorkshire Open
Edlingham Castle Northumberland Closed due to flooding
Edvin Loach Old Church Herefordshire Closed
Egglestone Abbey Co. Durham Closed
Eltham Palace London Open
Etal Castle Northumberland To open on 13 April
Eynsford Castle Kent Open
Farleigh Hungerfield Castle Somerset Open
Farnham Castle Keep Surrey To open on 1 April
Faversham Stone Chapel Kent Open
Fiddleford Manor Dorset Closed
Fort Brockhurst Hampshire To open on 1 April
Fort Cumberland Hampshire Closed
Fountains Abbey North Yorkshire Closed
Framlingham Castle Suffolk To open on 1 April
Furness Abbey Cumbria Closed
Gainsborough Old Hall Lincolnshire Open
Garrison Church, Portsmouth Hampshire Open
Garrison Walls including Powder House Isles of Scilly Open
Gloucester Greyfriars Gloucestershire Open
Goodrich Castle Herefordshire Closed
Goodshaw Chapel Lancashire Closed
Hadleigh Castle Essex Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Banks Hill Cumbria Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Benwell Roman Temple Northumberland Open
Hadrian's Wall: Birdoswald Fort Cumbria Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Black Carts Turret Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Brunton Turret Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Carrawburgh Temple of Mithras Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Chesters Fort & Museum Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Corbridge Roman Site & Museum Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Denton West Northumberland Open
Hadrian's Wall: Harrow Scar Milecastle Cumbria Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Housesteads Fort Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Milvain East & West Cumbria Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Planetrees Roman Wall Northumberland Closed
Hadrian's Wall: Walton Dovecote Bridge Cumbria Closed
Hailes Abbey Gloucestershire Open
Halesowen Abbey West Midlands To open in September
Hardknott Roman Fort Cumbria Closed
Hardwick Old Hall Derbyshire Closed
Haughmond Abbey Shropshire To open on 1 April
Helmsley Castle North Yorkshire Open
Horne's Place Chapel, Appledore Kent Open
Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village Devon Closed
Hurst Castle Hampshire To open on 1 April
Hylton Castle Tyne & Wear Open
Innisidgen Burial Chambers Isles of Scilly Open
Itchen Abbas Roman Villa Hampshire Closed
Jewel Tower, Westminster London Open
Jordan Hill Roman Temple Dorset Open
Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire Open
King Charles's Castle Isles of Scilly Open
Kingston Russell Stone Circle Dorset Closed
Kirby Hall Northamptonshire Closed
Kirby Muxloe Castle Leicestershire To open on 1 April
Knights Templars Church, Dover Kent Open
Landguard Fort Suffolk To open on 1 April
Lanercost Priory Cumbria Closed
Langley Chapel Shropshire Closed
Launceston Castle Dorset Open
Leiston Abbey Suffolk To open on 1 April
Lilleshall Abbey Shropshire Closed
Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace Lincolnshire Open
London Wall London Open
Longthorpe Tower Cambridgeshire To open on 1 April
Longtown Castle Herefordshire Closed
Ludgershall Castle Wiltshire Closed
Ludgershall Cross Wiltshire Open
Lullingstone Roman Villa Kent Open
Lulworth Castle Wiltshire Closed
Lydford Castle Devon Closed
Lydford Fort Devon Closed
Maiden Castle Dorset Closed
Marble Hill House London Open
Marmion Tower North Yorkshire Closed
Middleham Castle North Yorkshire Closed
Mistley Towers Essex To open on 1 April
Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle Shropshire Closed
Moreton Corbet Castle Shropshire Closed
Moulton Packhorse Bridge Suffolk To open on 1 April
Muchelney Abbey Somerset Closed
Netley Abbey Hampshire Open
Norham Castle Northumberland Closed
North Elmham Chapel Norfolk To open on 1 April
North Hinksey Conduit House Oxfordshire Closed
North Leigh Roman Villa Oxfordshire Closed
Nunney Castle Somerset Open
Okehampton Castle Devon Closed
Old Bishop's Palace, Wolvesey Hampshire Open
Old Gorhambury House Suffolk Closed
Old Merchant's House, Great Yarmouth Norfolk To open on 1 April
Old Oswestry Hill Fort Shropshire Closed
Old Sarum Castle Wiltshire To open on 1 April
Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol Kent Closed
Old Wardour Castle Wiltshire Closed
Orford Castle Suffolk To open on 1 April
Osborne House Isle of Wight Open
Pendennis Castle Cornwall Open
Penrith Castle Cumbria Open
Pevensey Castle East Sussex Open
Peveril Castle Derbyshire Closed
Pickering Castle North Yorkshire Open
Piel Castle Cumbria Closed
Portchester Castle Hampshire Open
Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber Isles of Scilly Open
Portland Castle Dorset To open on 1 April
Prudhoe Castle Northumberland To open on 1 April
Ranger's House London Closed for major renovation
Ravenglass Roman Bath House Cumbria Closed
Reculver Towers & Roman Fort Kent Open
Restormel Castle Cornwall Closed
Richborough Amphitheatre Kent Closed
Richborough Roman Fort Kent Open
Richmond Castle North Yorkshire Open
Rievaulx Abbey North Yorkshire Open
Roche Abbey South Yorkshire To open on 1 April
Rochester Castle Kent Open
Rollright Stones Oxfordshire Closed
Rotherwas Chapel Herefordshire Open
Rufford Abbey Nottinghamshire Closed
Rycote Chapel Oxfordshire Closed
Salley Abbey Lancashire Closed
Scarborough Castle North Yorkshire Open
Shap Abbey Cumbria Closed
Sherborne Old Castle Dorset Open
Silchester Amphitheatre Hampshire Closed
Silchester Roman City Walls Hampshire Closed
Skipsea Castle East Riding of Yorkshire Closed
Spofforth Castle North Yorkshire Open
St Albans Roman Wall Suffolk To open on 1 April
St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury Kent Open
St Briavel's Castle Gloucestershire Closed
St Catherines Castle, Fowey Cornwall Closed
St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury Dorset Closed
St Catherine's Oratory Isle of Wight Closed
St James's Chapel, Lindsay Suffolk To open on 1 April
St John's Abbey Gate Essex To open on 1 April
St Mary's Church, Kempley Gloucestershire Open
St Mary's Church, Studley Royal North Yorkshire Closed
St Mawes Castle Cornwall Open
St Peter's Church, Barton-on-Humber North Lincolnshire Open
Stanton Moor Nine Ladies Stone Circle Derbyshire Closed
Stokesay Castle Shropshire Closed
Stonehenge Wiltshire Closed
Sutton Scarsdale Hall Derbyshire Closed
Sutton Valence Castle Kent Open
Temple Manor Kent To open on 1 April
Thetford Holy Sepulchre Norfolk To open on 1 April
Thetford Priory Norfolk To open on 1 April
Thornton Abbey North Lincolnshire Closed
Tilbury Fort Essex To open on 1 April
Tintagel Castle Cornwall Open
Titchfield Abbey Hampshire Open
Totnes Castle Devon Open
Uffington Castle, White Horse & Dragon Hill Oxfordshire Closed
Uley Long Barrow Gloucestershire Closed
Upnor Castle Kent To open on 1 April
Upper Plym Valley Devon Closed
Wall Roman Site Staffordshire To open on 1 April
Walmer Castle Kent Open but no visitor car parking allowed on site
Warkworth Castle Northumberland Open
Waverley Abbey Surrey Closed
Weeting Castle Norfolk Closed
Wellington Arch London To Open on 4 April
Wenlock Priory Shropshire Open
Western Heights, Dover Kent Closed
Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village North Yorkshire Closed
Wheeldale Roman Road North Yorkshire Closed
Whitby Abbey & Banqueting House North Yorkshire Open
White Ladies Priory Shropshire To open on 1 April
Wigmore Castle Herefordshire Closed
Winchester Palace, Southwark London Open
Wingfield Manor Derbyshire Closed
Witcombe Roman Villa Gloucestershire Closed
Witley Court Worcestershire Open
Wroxeter Roman City Shropshire Open
Yarmouth Castle Isle of Wight To open on 1 April


For more information see:

Foot and Mouth: Fear and Slaughter


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