Monday, December 11, 2017

The Fallen of Ancient Time

James Lloyd visits forgotten battlefields and pays homage to some of those who laid down their lives in England’s oldest wars. Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we commemorate the millions of Britons, both military and...

Ghosts of the Gunpowder Plot

On the fifth of November, James Lloyd remembers two houses in Kent, which have their own connections with the Gunpowder Plot. In last week’s blog, we visited Scotney Castle, a fourteenth-century manor house that was...

A Night at Scotney Castle

James Lloyd visits Scotney Castle, which lies on the border between Kent and Sussex, between Protestantism and Catholicism and between this life and the next. As the darkness draws in and the gloomy night obscures...

The Killer Queen

James Lloyd visits the village of Corfe in Dorset, overlooked by a ruined castle and the setting for a bloody story of treachery that changed the fate of England for ever. In 975, Edgar, “by...

The Killer King

Cloaked in the trees of a Hampshire forest is a memorial to a tale of murder, lust and betrayal, which, sadly, never happened. In the opening years of the twentieth century, the naturalist William Henry...

The Devil’s Church

James Lloyd visits a small village in Gloucestershire, named after a church named after a devil and once the scene of a regicide. Her Majesty’s Prison Ashfield is a long established royal residence, situated in...

The Woes of Branwen

James Lloyd visits a small village in Anglesey, reputed to be the burial place of a beautiful princess, whose fate it was to bring destruction upon two kingdoms. In 1813, a farmer at the hamlet...

The Full Measure of the Law

A small town in Carmarthernshire is home to the original Welsh Assembly, which codified the ancient laws of the Britons. Whitland Abbey, founded in Dyfed in 1140, probably took its name from the white robes...

March of the Men of Harlech

(Disclaimer: The personal views expressed below are those of the author of this article, who does not claim to speak for The Rural Voice or for any of its other contributors.) James Lloyd visits Harlech...

Dinner at Dundrum Castle

James Lloyd visits a Norman castle in Ulster that stands on the site of one of the most famous and most amusing myths of Ancient Ireland. The ruins of a twelfth-century castle overlook the village...