The Extraordinary Local Histories of Vale Royal - Live from The Grange Theatre
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
1d ago
Recorded live at The Grange Theatre, Hartford on May 16th 2024, the last episode in Season 2 of the podcast presents Eli's talk on the extraordinary local histories of Vale Royal. Topics covered include the Vale Royal Rebellion, the prophet Robert Nixon and the Devil in Cheshire folklore. A Cestrian Song - Explorations With the Extraordinary Hinterland of Cheshire History is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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Prescription Poison - Who Killed Thomas Meakin?
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
1M ago
The story of Thomas Meakin's eighteenth century murder is a well-known legend of the Staffordshire Moorlands, yet there has never before been a full consideration of the circumstances surrounding his death, nor an inquiry into who may have killed him. Mythstoric Origins - Exploring the Extraordinary Local Histories Behind the Legend and Folklore of East Cheshire, Peak District Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands  is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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Rites of the Spring - Derbyshire Well Dressing and the Cult of Arnemetia
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
2M ago
A spring bonus episode of sorts, recorded for season one but never released, its seasonal theme sees it make it into Season 2... Well-dressing is much loved local custom which enjoys an almost exclusive patronage in the county of Derbyshire. It’s origins are much debated and appear to be forever shrouded in the deep history of the region’s ancient past, yet when stripping away the layers of the tradition involved in the ceremony and pairing with the country’s Roman history, a startling possibility begins to emerge. Mythstoric Origins - Exploring the Extraordinary Local Histories Behind the Le ..read more
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The Last Day of August - Great Budworth's Civil War Secret
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
3M ago
The village of Great Budworth possesses one of the most remarkable churches in all of Cheshire, not just loved by locals but genuinely appreciated by history fans and enthusiasts of late medieval architecture right across the UK. Something visitors may not be aware of however is the visit paid to the village by Parliamentarian forces on the last day of August in 1644, and its place at the centre of a genuinely hidden history of the English Civil War. A Cestrian Song - Explorations With the Extraordinary Hinterland of Cheshire History is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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The Hungry Prophet - The Legendary Sale of Robert Nixon
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
4M ago
The story of Robert Nixon, the 'Cheshire Prophet’ starved to death by the king, was once the best known legend of the county, retold and republished dozens of times across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Precisely who the man was however, has always been something of a mystery, with many assuming he was little more than a fairy tale. Yet research suggests that not only was Robert  real-life figure, but that his bizarre and tragic end might just have been a reality too. A Cestrian Song - Explorations With the Extraordinary Hinterland of Cheshire History is available here! Visit t ..read more
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The Local Crusader - Ranulf de Blondeville and the Saracens of Biddulph Moor (Live Special)
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
4M ago
There are few more curious associations in local legend than that of Saracen prisoners being settled on the land that is now known as the Staffordshire Moorlands village of Biddulph Moor. Travelling back to the thirteenth century to discover the untold story behind the legend, we reach a place where the adventures of the crusades meet with the dark realities of the medieval slave trade under the patronage of one of the most powerful figures in all of local history. Recorded live at the Victoria Centre, Biddulph on January 15th 2024. Mythstoric Origins - Exploring the Extraordinary Local Hist ..read more
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The Meltdown Murders - Castor's Bridge and the Borderland Smelters
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
4M ago
In the last episode of the regular season, we look at how throughout the three-shires border region, where East Cheshire, Peak District Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands intertwine, tales of yore are peppered with dark legends of cannibalism and murder, and ask if there could there be more to the historical rumours than mere fear mongering and folk warnings of the wild? Mythstoric Origins - Exploring the Extraordinary Local Histories Behind the Legend and Folklore of East Cheshire, Peak District Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands  is available here! Visit thelocalmythsto ..read more
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Invisible Fortress - The Vanishing of Shipbrook Castle
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
5M ago
The castle at Shipbrook near Davenham is long lost to us today, its last traces being cleared from the land in the 1790s. However, in balancing the brutal events of early Norman England together with the history of a key local family, not only can we better appreciate this often overlooked corner of medieval Cheshire, but perhaps for the first time, look to understand the story of Shipbrook Castle and its ties to a bloody revolt against King Henry IV. A Cestrian Song - Explorations With the Extraordinary Hinterland of Cheshire History is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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Christmas Special Episode - The Friar's Fool (Live Stream Event)
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
5M ago
A mid-season bonus episode - a recording of The Local Mythstorian website Zoom live stream event from December 7th; The Friar's Fool - A Brief History of English Devil Lore and Its Place In Cheshire Legend.  A Cestrian Song - Explorations With the Extraordinary Hinterland of Cheshire History is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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Death of the Jagger - John Turner and the Mysterious Birth of Jenkin Chapel (REFRESH)
The Local Mythstorian Podcast
by Eli Lewis-Lycett
6M ago
For our new listeners who may have missed this first time round, it's a look at one of the most intriguing landscapes in the county of Cheshire, where the jagger John Turner was found dead in the snowdrifts of Christmas Day 1735...and where the old English name for the place was 'Dwelling of the Demon'. Plus, a whole lot of witchcraft! Mythstoric Origins - Exploring the Extraordinary Local Histories Behind the Legend and Folklore of East Cheshire, Peak District Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands  is available here! Visit thelocalmythstorian.com ..read more
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