Thank you to the Friends of Dover Museum who gave me a warm welcome and who were happy to listen to my illustrated talk on Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House on Wednesday 8th June 2016 in the wonderful Silver Screen Cinema attached to the Museum.
Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is a 50 mile journey around the history and industry of the High Weald of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the four great National Trust properties of Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s being the cornerstones of the walk.
It is a story of agriculture to iron and back to agriculture and is inspired by stories of Castles, follies, smuggling, Captain Swing, the mechanical riots and that ‘vengeful fire breathing dragon’ that lives in Angley Wood.
Those National Trust cornerstones of ‘Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House’; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s now have the guidebook on their shelves and available sale in their shops for all to enjoy this 50 mile circular walk around the history of the High Weald.
It’s World Book Day and it’s amazing that I have something to post!
There would be more to shout about but it appears that there has been interference from those wanting to maintain ‘Anglo-Saxon’ independence in the face of closer ties with Normandy and the rest of Europe.
How The Saxon Times times became embroiled in such politics is a mystery, but the publisher seems to have placed publication on hold for the time being.
My personal view is that it is better that our readers are aware of all the events of 1066 earlier rather than later.
If you agree, please let me know.
Remember, The Saxon Times is the only newspaper that will bring you the news as it happens.
I do hope that you will continue to enjoy reading The Saxon Times in 1066.
The new History Walk from the author of 1066 Harold’s Way
There is a treasure trove of history in the High Weald.
Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is a walk that discovers the history and beauty of the High Weald and explores the castles and houses and towns and villages along the route.
At the heart of ‘Three Castles’ are Bodiam and Scotney Castles, built to defend against a French invasion. Sissinghurst Castle’s foundation was from the wealth of wool and Bateman’s from the noise and clamour of iron. Once at the heart of England’s iron industry the High Weald’s furnace fires have long gone and the works of man have returned to farming.
But Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is more than just footsteps, it allows the imagination to be part of the history that brings the High Weald to life.
Stand where the Riot Act was read on Benenden Green
Marvel at Mad Jack’s Follies and climb the Tower
Search for the smuggler’s graves in Burwash Churchyard
Repel the Hawkhurst Gang at Goudhurst
Imagine life as a hop-picker in the cottages by the River Teise and much more
There are tales of smugglers, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge, Mad Jack Fuller, Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and the Captain Swing mechanical riots that swept the country in the early 19th century.
But be careful when you walk for there’s a ‘Vengeful Dragon’ hiding in Angley Wood.
Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is available from:
Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones and all good bookshops.