Episode 3: Smugglers of the Romney Marshes

Richard Vobes is the Bald Explorer and in this episode he is searching for the free traders on the south east of Britain. The Romney Marshes were notorious for ancient tradition of smuggler because of its close proximity with Europe.

The invasion coast, as it was known, was the home to daring men and women who became involved in clandestine activities in the dead of the night. Boats would come and go and illegal goods would be unloaded and sent ashore, hidden in secret locations on the old marsh land. These luxury items should have a duty paid on them, but the smugglers wanted to avoid all that because it was deemed unfair.

The Cinque Ports played their part in the smuggling story too and the Bald Explorer is on the path to discover the story of how these nefarious activities took place and just how they got away with it.

Useful Links

http://www.mermaidinn.com/ The Mermaid Inn, Rye

http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk  The Rye Museum

http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/advertdisplay.aspx?home_id=170417&force=true    March View Holiday Cottage

http://www.theoakandivy.co.uk/ The Oak and Ivy, Hawkhurst, Kent

Episode Two: Taking a Journey

This is the second of the series that has Richard Vobes dashing about the UK in search of myths and legends, history and architecture as he discovers all that is good about the country he loves.

In this episode, the Bald Explorer is in Shropshire finding out the pitfalls and perils of taking a journey a few hundred years ago. He visits the Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury to discover what the coaching life was like. A trip to Lord Hill’s Column gives him a wonderful view of the old London to Hollyhead road and at Myddle Farm he investigates the ruined castle and wonders who was the highway man, Humphrey Kynaston who once lived in a cave?

 

Supplementary Video:

In the very heart of the beautiful, historic town of Shrewsbury, The Lion Hotel combines stunning 16th century architecture with every contemporary comfort. Famous for its exceptional function rooms, its warm and friendly welcome and its wonderfully traditional character, The Lion Hotel is perfectly situated to enable guests to enjoy all that this unique area has to offer.

 

Author John Butterworth talks to Richard Vobes for the Bald Explorer project about the coaching era at the Lion Hotel in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  The Lion Hotel is Shrewsburys premier coaching inn steeped in history and was filmed in 2011 as part of the Bald Explorer series. Check www.BaldExplorer.com for more details.

 

Val Everall talks about her Alpacas at Myddle Castle and the various breeding methods.