Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Mystery of the King’s Grave

James Lloyd visits County Antrim, where an orator with delusions of grandeur and easily deflated pride was outwitted by a desperate king, with a little help from the dead. Rathmore Trench, in the townland of...

A Day In The Life: Vicky Phillips, Associate, Bidwells Rural Division

I’ve often been asked by friends and non-farming professionals just what exactly being a rural surveyor involves. The title itself seems to conjure up a mixture of days off shooting, walking around grand country...

The Wight Kingdom

James Lloyd visits the Isle of Wight, the only county in England to be coextensive with an island and reviews its violent past. The Isle of Wight is a curious little county. When the tide...

The Village of Fools

Three wise men of Gotham went to sea in a bowl And, if the bowl had been stronger, my song had been longer. (Anonymous) One fine day, twelve villagers of Gotham went to fish in a...

Willikin of the Weald

James Lloyd revives the memory of a champion of England, famous in his day but now much forgotten in the country that he saved. Kensham is the name of a farmhouse near the village of...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – February 2017 (14)

It is well documented that during pagan times when nature worship was prevalent, the festival of light (which later became the Christian celebration known as Candlemas) marked the mid point of winter, half way...

The Quiet Hero

James Lloyd belatedly celebrates Saint David’s Day, remembering what little is known and much of what is made up about the life of Wales’s heavenly defender. The British really can pick ‘em. Saint George and...

Interview: Jerome Starkey, Countryside Correspondent for The Times

1. You've been at the Times for a while, what drew you to move to the Countryside Correspondent post? I spent the last ten years abroad. Five in Afghanistan and five in Africa. I think...

Señorita of the Hebrides

James Lloyd remains in the Inner Hebrides to visit the Isle of Mull, scene of a military tragedy that memory transmogrified into a supernaturally charged love story. What’s the story in Tobermory? Wouldn’t you like...

Restoring The Halt

One of the greatest advancements and fastest progressions for agriculture in British history was surely the birth of steam. Britain's countryside has long been rich in agriculture, but in earlier times when people lived by...