I recently gave a talk about the making of the canal episode of the Bald Explorer to the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust and their members at their annual AGM. Apparently it went down very well and was enjoyed by all present. This was fabulous news and I have decided that I would like to […]
As you know, I am in pre-production of the next episode of the Bald Explorer. The idea is to visit six towns across the UK, however, we are starting with one, Bridgnorth. As part of the research for this project, (which we are soon to launch a Kickstarter fund raising campaign), I stumbled across this […]
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Alec Clifton-Taylor made a series of programmes with the BBC entitled Six English Towns, Six More English Towns and Another Six English Towns. He was principally interested with showing off the wonderful survivors of beautiful architecture that was available to discover in our towns across England. Although a […]
I am thrilled to announce that the crumbling Churches episode is now completed. This will be transmitted later this year on the wonderful Community Channel. (www.CommunityChannel.org). It has been great to run around the Sussex countryside looking at and filming old churches. The rural parish church is facing the hardship of reduced congregations and tough […]
HUBBUB – Emily Cockayne A fabulous book. It does what is said on the tin. It explains the filth, noise and stench in England from the new modern period onwards, mainly (17th and 18th Century). People were ugly. Beauty products were available, but not ideal, many were lethal, such as rubbing powder on your face […]
Richard Vobes is out and about exploring the British parish churches for the next programme of the Bald Explorer coming soon to the Community Channel. In this preview, Richard is looking at pews and seating as well as discovering an abandoned church in the woods at Bedham in West Sussex, near Petworth.