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 […]
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 […]
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.
Even though it is cold outside, it doesn’t stop my friend Harriet and I from getting out and about on the Shropshire Hill when I am up visiting her. We find walking very invigorating as well as a healthy activity. A part from recording a podcast which we occasionally do when hiking in the countryside […]
Its been confirmed. I am staying for a night at the Mermaid Inn in the rather quaint and historic town of Rye in East Sussex. Whats so special about the Mermaid Inn you might well ask? Well, The Mermaid is unquestionably the most beautiful of all smugglers’ inns and undoubtedly one of the loveliest of […]