Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Shrieval Dead

James Lloyd pays homage to the late George Romero with this Anglo-Saxon zombie flick from darkest Suffolk. Just north of Bury Saint Edmund’s (as we purists insist on spelling it), now bisected by the A14,...

The Well of Saint Augustine

Previously, on The Rural Voice . . . The year is A.D. 600. Saint Augustine of Canterbury and his companions have arrived at a village in Dorset but the people have refused to hear their...

The Land of Muggles

James Lloyd explores how an ethnic slur became a geographically confused hagiographical anecdote. Kent is, in many respects, a privileged county: The first of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to be founded and the first to be...

Whichever Way You Throw It, It Will Stand

James Lloyd leaps the Irish Sea to Man, to pay homage to one of the oldest-surviving traditions in the British Isles. This Wednesday is Tynwald Festival Day, when the legislature of the Isle of Man...

The Parson and the Clerk

On the coast of Devon, just off the red cliffs outside Holcombe between Dawlish and Teignmouth, two stacks, known locally as the Parson and the Clerk, jut out of the sea. They are shaped...

Lover from the Lake

A lake on a mountainside in Dyfed is the setting for the strange story of how a distinguished family of physicians acquired their vocation. In Carmarthenshire, on the slopes of the Black Mountain, the Lake...

The Cathedral Beneath the Sea

James Lloyd visits Selsey in Sussex, once a cathedral city but now a modest seaside town – but where is its cathedral? Not every saint has led a life of peace and brotherly love. Saint...

The Battle of Mount Slaughter

The story that you are about to read is one of the oldest in the English language. Indeed, it is in a sense the very origin myth of the Angles and the foundation stone...

The Demon of Boughton Malherbe

James Lloyd visits the hamlet of Boughton Malherbe (“borton mallerby”), home to a church, a rectory and a terrifying apparition. Boughton Malherbe is a hamlet four miles south-east of Maidstone, in Kent. It is mentioned...

The Greyhound of Gwynedd

James Lloyd visits the village of Beddgelert in Gwynedd, where he tells how an ancient Indian parable about jumping to conclusions was transformed into a Welsh icon. Beddgelert is a small village in Gwynedd, in...