A lot has changed at Stansted Mountfitchet since the days when Stephen Scourfield used to commute to London from his home in the town.
For one thing, the nearby airport has grown beyond recognition. Once considered regional, Stansted is now served by an Emirates B777 from Dubai among other full-service flights.
What hasn't changed is England's fine old castles, and Stephen tells Matt Layton about a few of his favourites.
Catch Matt Layton on the Spirit Drive show weekdays from 4pm. Go to spiritradio.com.au
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