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Hilltop History – Episode 10

Listen to Alfred’s Hilltop History programme, introduced by Elaine Barratt.

On this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump chats with Claire Ryley about a lead box believed to have held the bones of King Edward, who was murdered aged 16 whilst visiting Corfe. The bones were kept in the Abbey as a holy relic to draw in pilgrims. At the time of the Dissolution, they were probably hastily put into this lead box and buried so as not to be found by the commissioners. The Russian Orthodox Church currently have the bones and regularly give a donation to the Abbey in gratitude of the gift of the relic.
  • Dave Hardiman adds to the story of the discovery of the casket as reported at the time with a few interesting additions concerning their subsequent journey.
  • Bob Kelley tells of a small boy’s view of Shaftesbury Carnival from a first-floor window and of the effect it had on him in the 1950s.
  • Cath Toogood entertains us with fond memories of her dad’s very colourful life.
  • Earlier this month, we learnt that regional managers intend to close and sell the St John Ambulance group hall at Barton Hill. Keri Jones speaks with Mike Shoemark who rose to the rank of superintendent within the organisation. He tells us how townspeople came together to create a first-aid response service following a tragic accident in the 1920s.