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Hilltop History – Episode 11

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

On this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump chats to Claire Ryley about a beautiful, small Saxon ribbed glass bowl that is present only as a photograph in the Abbey. We discover where it is currently held and what it was used for. Several objects, including the bowl, were stored in a brass-bound wooden box. Doran Webb found it in 1902-04 under a white heart-shaped marble slab and believed it might have held the heart of King Cnut. After the excavation, the box was stored in Lord Stalbridge’s safe.
  • How many of us knew that William the Conqueror had a direct impact on Shaftesbury? Bob Kelley has more.
  • It’s the 13th century and there’s yet more unrest at the Abbey as the nuns join forces to defeat the men who want to dictate to them. Rosie King explains.
  • Dave Hardiman tells us of the poverty that forced Elizabeth Lemon, a remarkable woman, to emigrate to Australia a century before the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ of the 1950s.
  • A brief look at how the Quaker movement has moved around Shaftesbury, with Ann Taylor.