History You Can Touch

History You Can Touch is a study of the first monuments on the landscape of Great Britain, including the West Kennet Long Barrow in Wiltshire and the Belas Knapp Long Barrow in the Cotswolds. England is littered with the remains of man from the early history. Richard Vobes is off to discover the first of …

Video and Podcast: Exeter Explored

A couple of years ago I take a two day journey to West Devon to explore the ancient city of Exeter to see what it’s like and discover some of its fascinating history. The ten minute video above demonstrates some of the beautiful architecture to be found in the city centre and the audio below …

Video: Sneaky Peek at Ep Three

Richard Vobes is on the trail of Smugglers of the 18th and 19th Century. Episode three of the Bald Explorer series is not yet finished. There is plenty more to film, interviews to shoot and editing to start, but here is a sneaky preview to give you a flavour of what is in store. I …

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: The Smugglers Headquarters

Richard Vobes is the Bald Explorer and in this short clip he visits the Oak and Ivy pub in Hawkhurst in Kent.Back in the 1740’s it was the den of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang, a large and violent bunch of smugglers who arranged and oversaw the illicit bringing in of contraband on the Romney Marshes …