Hilltop History – Episode 7

Listen to episode 7 of Alfred’s weekly ‘Hilltop History’ show, presented by Ann Taylor.

On this week’s show:

  • Claire Ryley continues to tell Shaftesbury’s story through fifty items at Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Museum. Claire speaks with Nick Crump about her seventh chosen object – an earthenware pot, which has close links with our local Tesco store. (1:47)
  • Was there really a castle on Shaftesbury’s Castle Hill? Alfred’s Alex Wynter has been investigating. He asks Shaftesbury archaeologist Julian Richards for his opinion. Our report into Castle Hill’s origin takes us back to the first English Civil War of the 12th century. Bob Kelley provides a history refresher on that conflict, known as The Anarchy. It might have constituted the most serious threat to the security of Shaftesbury since the Vikings. (11:06)
  • Bob Kelley tells the story of a unique and very valuable piece of furniture which was once used to promote Shaftesbury. “Gerard Robertson of Newcastle had taken six years in the 1860s to carve this extraordinary masterpiece, the Chevy Chase sideboard,” Bob recalls. The antique was exported to the USA. (21:57)
  • Dave Hardiman shares the tale of a very difficult vicar. “In October 1870, there came to Shaftesbury a rector, who would spend the next nine years or so causing a tremendous amount of hostility and dissension among the people of the town,” Dave explains. He tells the story of Thomas Knox McGee Morrow. (28:54)

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