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Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore.

Loremen Podcast Loremen Podcast

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 274 Ratings

Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore.

    Loremen S5Ep33 - Bamburgh Castle and The Laidly Worm

    Loremen S5Ep33 - Bamburgh Castle and The Laidly Worm

    Welcome to Bamburgh Castle! Make yourself at home, especially if you're name's Lancelot du Lac. Don't mind the enormous venom-spitting toad. There's a funny story behind that, actually. It's the Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh...

    The boys visit Bamburgh, possibly England's most dramatic castle, rising up from the waves on a volcanic dolerite outcrop. And the legends surrounding the ancient Northumbrian settlement are no less dramatic. We're talking phoney ballads, wicked stepmothers, loathsome dragons and the mountain bard Drunken Frasier. Sorry, Duncan Frasier.

    Plus, a cameo from legendary northern car dealership, Reg Vardy.

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows - Audio Editor.

    LoreBoys nether say die!

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    • 43 min
    Loremen S5Ep32 - Cheddar Gorge with Richard Herring

    Loremen S5Ep32 - Cheddar Gorge with Richard Herring

    Richard Herring, a comedian who straddles England's North/South divide like a podcasting colossus, joins the boys for a deep dive into one of Somerset's deepest dives.

    It's Cheddar Gorge! Somerset's answer to the question, "Which Somerset attraction is almost as good as Wookey Hole?" Prepare to meet the Witches of Pocklington, the Devil (himself), grumpy gravediggers and what might be the birth of a new cryptid...

    You can catch Richard on his Can I Have My Ball Back? UK Tour. And please give generously to his Movember fundraiser: www.justgiving.com/page/ballback

    And check out our YouTube Channel to watch and listen to this episode at the same time: https://youtu.be/voIwAgwLFLw

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    • 52 min
    Loremen S5Ep31 - Gregor MacGregor, The Prince of Nowhere

    Loremen S5Ep31 - Gregor MacGregor, The Prince of Nowhere

    The Loreboys meet the audacious Scottish con man "Sir" Gregor MacGregor. Calling himself the Cazique of Poyais, this charismatic ex-soldier is the mastermind behind a debacle that will make Fyre Island look like Centre Parcs.

    He's selling land and government bonds belonging to the Central American kingdom of Poyais. The big problem being: Poyais doesn't exist. The year is 1823, and this South Sea bubble is going to pop. Around 170 victims of the scam will die. But will Scotland's biggest hoaxter get off Scot free?

    (Yes.)

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows - Audio Editor.

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    • 35 min
    Loremen S5Ep30 - Hunting the Werewolf on Cannock Chase

    Loremen S5Ep30 - Hunting the Werewolf on Cannock Chase

    Where wolves? James attempts to answer that question with a midnight excursion to Cannock Chase. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a range of distinctly unnatural creatures. We're talking lycanthropes, black eyed children, numerous UFOs and at least one pigman.

    In fact, there are many reports of uncanny incidents in Cannock Chase, James went all the way to Staffordshire to investigate. Alas, our intrepid loreboy encountered a much more human phenomenon.

    SAUCINESS WARNING: This episode contains references to a grown up activity. One that takes place at night, in car parks. Pay and Display (without the pay) if you know what we mean...

    The Quantum Mechanics - Paranormal Podcast

    Rural Concerns

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    • 45 min
    Loremen S5Ep29 - The Japanese Tree With A Human Face with Uncanny Japan

    Loremen S5Ep29 - The Japanese Tree With A Human Face with Uncanny Japan

    Thersa Matsuura of Uncanny Japan joins the Loreboys for a tale with more human faces than you've had hot dinners with human faces*. We look at a bunch of Yōkai that can take a look right back at us. From fish with a face to a blister with a kisser, these jinmen will give you the jitters. Especially the fish, because they're real. (No seriously... there are videos.)

    * Unless you dine exclusively on McCain's Smiles.

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows - Audio Editor.

    LoreBoys nether say die!

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    • 40 min
    Loremen S5Ep29 - The Clutching Hands of Blakemere Pool, Peak District

    Loremen S5Ep29 - The Clutching Hands of Blakemere Pool, Peak District

    James lures Alasdair back down to the water's edge for an Important Mermaid Update! The Hayfield Mermaid first appeared in Series 2 (get up to speed here). Somehow, the Loreboys managed to overlook yet another freshwater mermaid in a nearby bottomless pool. And the grasping creature that dwells in the waters of Blakemere has a heck of a backstory.

    It's Hayfield Mermaids 2: Mere-lectric Mere-galoo!

    Disclaimer: some of this episode's "breaking news" is at least 40 years old.

    Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:
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    This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows - Audio Editor.

    LoreBoys nether say die!

    Support the Loremen here (and get stuff):

    patreon.com/loremenpod

    ko-fi.com/loremen

    Check the sweet, sweet merch here...

    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/loremen-podcast?ref_id=24631

    @loremenpod

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

amoss96 ,

Great podcast!

☑️

Kneewax ,

Sublime

I mean. What can I say? This is the best folklore podcast, funny, clever, not always deeply researched with wild assumptions and inaccuracies. I love it. Only gets 4 stars though because they will insist on giving Chris Cantrell airtime.

Fluffytail296 ,

Like floating on a cloud

I love this podcast. Lots of nice gentle comedy with a folklore twist. I so want a pet raisin now!

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