Bishops Castle is a small town in south Shropshire, close to the Welsh boarder. The castle is no longer there, but was a fabulous looking defensive construction if the reconstruction drawings are to be believed. In this slightly relaxed and humorous walking podcast, I am with my friend Harriet and we are taking a gentle […]
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 […]
While filming the Bald Explorer Episode 2 at Myddle Castle in North Shropshire in the village of the same name, we discovered to our delight that a herd of Alpacas were grazing in the vicinity of the old ruins. Naturally, I wanted to grab a quick interview with Val who has set up Castle Farm […]
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.