Next Talk– Walking the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

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This talk is an engaging account of a walk between four National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s, that explores the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this part of Kent and East Sussex.

And such a varied landscape brings together tales to tell of Mad Jack Fuller and Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and Captain Swing. There are tales of smugglers and Mechanical riots, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge and, of course, that ‘vengeful dragon’ in Angley Wood.  Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House will take you on a picturesque and enjoyable tour of the High Weald – without getting mud on your boots.

From History Walks, Talks and Books – More than just footsteps on a Path.

For more information visit: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Next Talk– Walking the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

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This talk is an engaging account of a walk between four National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s, that explores the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this part of Kent and East Sussex.

And such a varied landscape brings together tales to tell of Mad Jack Fuller and Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and Captain Swing. There are tales of smugglers and Mechanical riots, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge and, of course, that ‘vengeful dragon’ in Angley Wood.  Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House will take you on a picturesque and enjoyable tour of the High Weald – without getting mud on your boots.

From History Walks, Talks and Books – More than just footsteps on a Path.

For more information visit: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Talking The Walk – Hawkhurst Local History Society

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Three Castles is an opportunity to take the time to explore the castles and houses and towns and villages along the route. It follows man’s ingenuity and progress and a changing industry from agriculture to iron, to sheep, to the woollen trade, smuggling, hopfields and back to agriculture.

There is a soul to the High Weald; one that reflects the passions and industry of man and also the tensions of war and rebellion. It is now a very pastoral picture with only occasional reminders of the noise, smoke and fire of the iron industry. The ironmasters and the rich woollen trade are survived by their architecture at Sissinghurst, Cranbrook and Burwash and Brightling. The derelict hoppickers cottages, next to the River Teise in Lamberhurst, provide a startling contrast to the rich and landed.

Talking the Walk

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This talk is an engaging account of a walk between four National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s, that explores the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this part of Kent and East Sussex.

Three Castles is an opportunity to take the time to explore the castles and houses and towns and villages along the route. It follows man’s ingenuity and progress and a changing industry from agriculture to iron, to sheep, to the woollen trade, smuggling, hopfields and back to agriculture.

There is a soul to the High Weald; one that reflects the passions and industry of man and also the tensions of war and rebellion. It is now a very pastoral picture with only occasional reminders of the noise, smoke and fire of the iron industry. The ironmasters and the rich woollen trade are survived by their architecture at Sissinghurst, Cranbrook and Burwash and Brightling. The derelict hoppickers cottages, next to the River Teise in Lamberhurst, provide a startling contrast to the rich and landed.

And such a varied landscape brings together tales to tell of Mad Jack Fuller and Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and Captain Swing. There are tales of smugglers and Mechanical riots, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge and, of course, that ‘vengeful dragon’ in Angley Wood.

For information on this and other talks visit:        www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

The Vengeful Fire Breathing Dragon of Angley Wood.

Stories of the High Weald

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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.

Shelf Life

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.

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A Treasure Trove of History in the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

The new History Walk from the author of 1066 Harold’s Way

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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.
  • Price: £9.99
  • ISBN: 9781910440056
  • Publisher: Bretwalda Books

Talks The Speakers List

Books:

  • 1066 Harold’s Way
  • Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House
  • The Saxon Times publication 2016

Short Walks

  • A Green St Leonards Walk
  • 1066 Two Battle Circular Walks
  • 1066 Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey via Vinehall