Duncton is in West Sussex, a few miles south of Petworth and some twelve miles north of Chichester. Over the next few months, John Mayes, resident and local history buff, is going to take me around the environs to explore many facets of the village’s fascinating past. These will be presented as short videos under […]
During the medieval period many villages depopulated and vanished. Some of these have left little or no trace. Why did this happen? Often it claimed the Black Death was responsible, but although the catastrophe may not have helped, it wasn’t always the cause. Bad weather, terrible harvests and famine was more likely a cause. In […]
After filming a previous exploration, I took a gentle stroll through some of the beautiful countryside around the village of Rudgwick in West Sussex and I thought I would share it with you. I am not seeking anything in particular. I am just curious where one footpath will take me.
I am telling the story of Molly who lived in the mid 17th Century in Rudgwick, West Sussex, who is supposed to have kept her husbands severed head in a large earthenware pot. This is another of the Takes Of Olde Sussex by Philip Mercer that Ihave exploring. In a previous video I go in […]
The Normans were prolific with their castle building once they had defeated Harold in 1066. Defensive mounds called mottes were quickly flung up with timber castles built on top. Some of these later were rebuilt in stone. Many were not and now are lost. However, often the motte survives. Today I am in search of […]
Another week of excitement in the Bald Explorer world. This time I have gone to Shrewsbury to see Harriet and Lola; I am up in Darlington in a budget hotel; back to Worthing beside the Esse and filming with Cynthia Julian, or trying to. Then finally out on the BE Walk at St Leonard’s Forest. […]