37 episodes

At the heart of HappenedHere.com are 4-5 minute stories that transport you to another era, answering the wonderfully simple question: “I wonder what happened here?”. We help you imagine “what happened here,” in this very location, on this very ground, to imagine in whose footsteps you might be treading, to be intrigued by people and their stories from the very recent to the very distant past.

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

At the heart of HappenedHere.com are 4-5 minute stories that transport you to another era, answering the wonderfully simple question: “I wonder what happened here?”. We help you imagine “what happened here,” in this very location, on this very ground, to imagine in whose footsteps you might be treading, to be intrigued by people and their stories from the very recent to the very distant past.

    Joseph Grimaldi

    Joseph Grimaldi

    In this week's episode of HappenedHere, hosted by Stephen Fry, we explore the life of the man who changed the face of clowning forever - Joseph Grimaldi, with three stories written by James Rampton and performed by Dame Joanna Lumley:
    He Swung Joseph with the Utmost Velocity [Sadlers Wells Theatre, Roseberry Avenue, Clerkenwell, London]
    Make ‘Em Laugh [Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London]
    "I make you laugh at night, but I’m Grim-all-day" [Theatre Royal, Drury Lane]
    Sound editing by Jon Jardine.

    • 15 min
    Mixed Fortunes

    Mixed Fortunes

    In this week’s podcast, Dame Joanna Lumley introduces stories about punishment, prostitution and pugilism:
    Ritual Humiliation written by Joanna Clarke and performed by Lulu Freeman [Charing Cross, Central London]An Unlikely Purchase written by Sarah Fleming and performed by Olivia Bell [A Coffee House in Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, a Theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Field,  and Holy Trinity Church, Wensley, Yorkshire]“The Celebrated Professor of the Fist” written by James Rampton and performed by Cassius Konneh [Moulsey Hurst in Surrey and Horse and Dolphin pub in Leicester Square]
    Sound editing by Jon Jardine

    • 14 min
    Inigo's Covent Garden

    Inigo's Covent Garden

    In this episode, travel back to the seventeenth century and meet master-builder Inigo Jones, who has been summoned for a meeting with the Earl of Bedford. Performed by Stephen Fry, hosted by Lulu Freeman and written by Hamish Roberts, this episode charts the conception of the Covent Garden piazza.
    How would YOU change London [Bedford House, Covent Garden, London]Walking in the Air [The streets of London]Space [Bedford House, Covent Garden, London]
    Sound editing by Jon Jardine.

    • 18 min
    Heaven, Hell and Subterranean Homesick Blues

    Heaven, Hell and Subterranean Homesick Blues

    In this episode medieval monks try to make a heaven-sent garden, drugs drag a writer to hell, and Bob Dylan creates a now-iconic short film. Hosted by Kate Reid
    Gardening for God, written by Sarah Fleming and performed by Kate Reid [Covent Garden]Tales of the Odious Opium Eater, written by Zak Ghazi-Torbati and performed by Stephen Fry [4 York Place, and around Covent Garden]The Anthem of the Counterculture, written by James Rampton and performed by Robbie Stamp [The Savoy Steps, near the Savoy Hotel, the Strand]

    • 16 min
    Across the Centuries

    Across the Centuries

    This episode links events that happened in different eras; two actors perform Othello 100 years apart, two musical geniuses live next door, two centuries apart, and one murder leads to ghostly apparitions for over a century. Hosted by Neil Fleming:
    The Golden Earrings written by Milo Harries, performed by Stephen Fry [The Savoy Theatre, The Strand, and The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden]It’s the Messiah written by James Rampton, performed by Neil Fleming [40 South Moulton St and 25 Brook St, Mayfair] 193 Steps written by Robbie Stamp, performed by Kate Reid [Maiden Lane, The Stage Door of the Adelphi Theatre and Covent Garden Tube Station]

    • 18 min
    Burials, Bequests and Boundaries

    Burials, Bequests and Boundaries

    In this special episode, recorded live in front of an audience at the Chalke Valley History Festival, Robbie Stamp introduces three stories from Britain's Anglo Saxon past:
    Friends Live on Earth - Winflaed’s Will - written and performed by Olivia BellThey Borrowed a Barrow - written and performed by Robbie StampBefore You Can Beat the Bounds, You Have to Read Them - introduced by historian Alex Langlands and performed by Olivia Bell
    Hosting duties by Viel Richardson, sound editing by Will Jacob.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Gemmastanno ,

Hooked!

I adore this podcast so much! I hope to bring my Year 2 class to some of the locations mentioned. Maybe let them listen in the exact spots. Thank you so much for telling these wonderful stories. Truly fascinating!

Cnic_ ,

A tardis that fits in your pocket

Beautiful little bite sized stories to pull you out of day to day life, with a spice of knowledge for the road. I think even if everything was made up, I would still tune in. Love it!

Geo-roaster ,

This is literally eye opening!

I listened to the episode devoted to the history of Covent Garden itself on a day when I happened to visit Covent Garden. I know the area well, but realised that I didn’t actually know its history at all. Having listened to the episode it encouraged me to notice more: my eyes were opened to seeing details about the buildings that I had never been aware of before, like the motto ‘Che Sera Sera’ on a coat of arms above an archway and the apparent obsession with extorting money from carrot sellers on the market’s original tariff board that is still there on the wall. I enjoyed my visit so much more and appreciated Covent Garden itself so much more than I would normally have done! Thank you to the Happened Here team! Keep up the good work.

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