The City of Hereford Revealed
Take a virtual tour along the banks of the River Wye, across the Castle Green and into the heart of our old city, and learn about its history along the way.
Hereford Cathedral’s Secrets
As a guide at the Cathedral, I can give a glimpse into the structure of the building through the ages, and give life to the people who have left their mark on what we see today – including our two famous saints – St. Ethelbert (8th c.) and St. Thomas Bishop of Hereford (13th c.)
Misericords and Bench Ends – a glimpse into Medieval Life
The detailed, amusing and graphic carvings under the ‘pity seats’ give us an insight into medieval life in the 14th and 15th centuries. Learn how their world was governed by the seasons and the need to feed themselves and their families. Discover more about people’s real fear of the devil in all his forms, lurking all around them, ready to tempt them into sin.
Five Extraordinary Churches
Travel back through time from the early 20th century to the early 12th century to explore Brockhampton (thatched Arts and Crafts), Hoarwithy (Italianate), Shobdon (Strawberry Hill Gothic), Dore Abbey (Cistercian origins) and Kilpeck (the Romanesque jewel).
Herefordshire Churches – The Strange & the Wonderful
Find out about some to the strange and wonderful churches we have in the county. With stories about churches at Pipe Aston, Eardisley, Eaton Bishop, Peterchurch, St Margaret‘s, Bacton, Rowlstone, Garway, Brinsop, Castle Frome, Fownhope, Much Marcle and many more.
We see these buildings all around us – many of them survivals from the Middle Ages. Why not find out how they were made, then – and now – using green oak.
The History of Cider
Uncover the history of our most famous beverage and find out how it is made. The illustrated talk covers the history of cider-making, particularly in Herefordshire, referring to Viscount Scudamore and the famous Redstreak cider apple and the very high quality of Herefordshire cider in the 17th century, as well as the 19th c. foundation of Weston’s and Bulmer’s. I explore the varieties of cider apples and perry pears that have been developed specifically to make the drinks as full of flavour as possible. I talk about the process of making cider and perry, from the old stone horse-driven mills to the mechanised methods of today. The talk finishes with a ten minute film, made by John and me, showing the various processes from the collecting of the fruit to the bottling of the final product.