Thursday, October 19, 2017

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...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – April/May 2017 (16)

The month of April was a combination of summer and winter all in one and within days apart of each other.  An early heat wave was very welcome after what seemed like an eternal, bleak...

Things to do this weekend: The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby

Kicking off today (22 June), the Hickstead Derby is one of the most famous and challenging showjumping events in the world. Taking place at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex,...

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...

In numbers: How did the countryside vote in England and Wales?

Using ONS constituency data for England and Wales (other regions to follow) we've looked at how the countryside voted in yesterday's general election. Specifically we're looking at constituencies with a greater than 30% rural...

Interview: John Newton, the Pett Level Preservation Trust

1. How did you get involved in PLPT? I started my career working on nature reserves: I was a warden off the North Norfolk coast for five years and then worked for...

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...