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Eadric Silvaticus: Legend of the Wildwood & Shropshire Folk Hero…

The Eleventh-Century Saxon Thegn Who Became A Nineteenth Century Folk Hero Eadric the Wild was one of the richest thegns (high ranking Saxon noblemen) in pre-Conquest Shropshire. He held land throughout the Welsh Marches and had much to lose following the Norman conquest. We know little about Eadric. Today his deeds are largely forgotten but his name survives through legend and folklore. In 1067 Eadric submitted to William swearing fealty to him along with other Saxon noblemen, including Harold Godwinson’s…

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‘Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe! If you believe, clap your hands!’*

This is the story of an encounter with the fair folk over 100 hundred years ago. I first came across it some time ago in a book on Shropshire Folklore. Curious to find out more I explored maps, local history and the accounts of the 19th century Romany scholar who captured it in ink. Its roots are unknown but it is set on the slopes of the hill where I live and travelled to at least North Wales via the…

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Holdgate: ‘The Castle of a Man called Helgot’…

I submitted my thesis a few weeks ago and I miss my daily journeys into the murk and dark corners of the 12th century Welsh Marches. So, on feeling the need to escape for a few hours, away from Covid, Brexit and my woodsman husband’s looming redundancy, myself and Dan saddled up and journeyed over The Hill. It was a clear and sunny morning in late October and we headed north in search of a glimpse of the medieval past….

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