Monday, November 20, 2017

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...

Bridging the “Digital Divide”: Why is rural broadband access still an issue?

In today’s day and age, advancements in technology have created significant growth and endless opportunities in the UK and internationally. Communities, in cities and remote areas, rely upon a stable broadband connection to carry...

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...

The Man who should be King: Part Three

Previously, on The Rural Voice ... Edgar the Ætheling, grandson of King Edmund II, was born in exile in Hungary around 1052. Summoned to England at the age of six and raised at the court...

The Man who should be King: Part Two

Previously on The Rural Voice ... It is the seventh of January 1066. Edward the Confessor is dead. The bishops, abbots, ealdormen and thegns assembled in London for the consecration of his brand new abbey...