Introduction In this bonus episode, I talk to Natalie Pithers about genealogy and how she got into the world of family history. What You’ll Hear 0:47: What Natalie does 1:25: How Natalie got into genealogy 2:55: Curious coincidences 4:38: Why people are interested in genealogy 6:00: One of the most interesting stories Natalie’s uncovered 15:34:…

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Introduction In this episode, I speak to May King Tsang, FOMO creator and tea ceremony expert about what she does and how it works in any industry. What You’ll Hear 1:11: Who is May King Tsang? 3:15: How FOMO creation can work in any industry 5:15: The similarity between FOMO creation and content marketing 7:45:…

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Introduction Wallington Hall and Gardens: the Fenwicks & the Blacketts, who owned it; ‘England’s Greatest Gardener – Capability Brown’. What You’ll Hear 1:23: The Fenwick family 1:44: The Blackett family 2:18: Walter Calverley Blackett 2:31: Capability Brown 4:06: Coming next on the podcast Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email…

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  Introduction In this episode, we look at the mining heritage of north east England, the Felling Colliery and pit disaster; the four-poster bed tomb of three small children, and the mystery of the other couple commemorated on the memorial. What You’ll Hear 0:58: The mining industry in the north of England 1:49: The Felling…

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Introduction The story of Lindisfarne, Inner Farne & the other islands; Viking raiders; the heroic story of Grace Darling. What You’ll Hear 0:45: A brief history of Lindisfarne 1:27: The Viking raiders 2:27: Inner Farne & the pele tower 3:48: Grace Darling 5:01: The SS Forfarshire disaster Prefer to read instead? Click here for a…

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Introduction How Newcastle upon Tyne got its name; the history of the castle & the story of Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror. What You’ll Hear 1:24: The earliest structure on the Castle site 2:05: William the Conqueror strengthens his hold 2:52: Rebellions & sieges 3:46: The stone castle & the Black Gate 4:50:…

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Introduction Barnard Castle, a market town in County Durham, has suddenly found itself in the limelight, thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, driving there from his parents’ home, in breach of his own COVID19 lockdown rules. I thought I’d record a bonus episode to tell those who may not be familiar…

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Introduction In this episode, we look at St Cuthbert and the legends of the founding of the Cathedral. The Norman architecture and why it’s impressive; the stained glass windows, what happened to Cuthbert’s remains, and the Land of the Prince Bishops. What You’ll Hear 0:58: St Cuthbert 1:45: The legends of the Cathedral’s founding 2:47:…

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Introduction The history of Saltwell Park, from its beginnings as part of the Ravensworths’ estate, to William Wailes and Saltwell Towers, to becoming a public space. Plus the Victorian tradition of benefactors. What You’ll Hear 1:40: William Wailes and the Towers 2:13: The back story to the park 3:16: The People’s Park 4:04: Victorian benefactors…

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Introduction In this episode, we look at the first ever bridge across the River Tyne, the seven bridges that span it today, and the history of the Tyne Bridge. And which came first – the Tyne Bridge or the Sydney Harbour Bridge? What You’ll Hear 2:04: The first bridge across the River Tyne 2:37: The…

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