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.



2 Replies to “Episode Two: Taking a Journey”

  1. Like Newark-on-Trent, Shrewsbury is yet another fine English town I have driven and indeed cycled past, on the A5 without ever visiting. I shall rectify this soon.
    A Shrewsbury story I heard when visiting Ironbridge (near Shrewsbury) (and looked it up in google) is of Robert Cadman, an Eighteenth Century daredevil/madman that between 1732 and 1739 performed feats of daring by sliding down a rope from St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury to the Gay Meadow across the River Severn.
    On 2 February 1739 he came undone, as he plummeted to his death when the rope broke !

    1. Thanks Malcolm. I am writing a book about Shrewsbury and the Robert Cadman story plays an important part in that. I gather that he travelled around fixing weather vanes and performing his stunts. He died young. I feel sorry for his wife collecting the money and watching him drop to his death.

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