John’s Blog features The Bald Explorer

It was great to discover that The Bald Explorer had been featured in John Butterworth’s blog which details his exploits with his book selling activities. John had written the history of the Lion Hotel, which was featured in the second episode of the Bald Explorer video features and it was after reading this excellent reference […]

Paul Baxter talks about the Oak and Ivy

Paul Baxter, landlord, talks about the smuggling past of the Oak and Ivy public house in Hawkhurst, Kent. It was once the headquarters of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who operated in the mid 18th Century. They were the largest and most certainly most violent of the smuggling gangs from that time. These days the Oak […]

Video: John Butterworth and the Coaching Era

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 Shrewsbury’s premier coaching inn steeped in history and was filmed in 2011 as part of the Bald Explorer series.