17 episodes

Cornish writer and blogger Elizabeth Dale takes us to some of Cornwall's hidden places and untold stories.

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Cornish writer and blogger Elizabeth Dale takes us to some of Cornwall's hidden places and untold stories.

    17. A Very Strange Affair in Bugle

    17. A Very Strange Affair in Bugle

    This bizarre story of love, marriage and burnt effigies takes place in the little village of Bugle, deep in Cornwall's Clay Country. Cornish writer Elizabeth Dale tells one of the strangest stories she has come across in all her years researching Cornwall's history.

    • 16 min
    16. The Ghost of Tryphena Pendarves

    16. The Ghost of Tryphena Pendarves

    In this episode I tell the story of Tryphena Pendarves and look into the stories that her ghost haunts Treslothan Church and the nearby Pendarves woods. I also tell my own spooky experience with this place . . .

    • 21 min
    15. Jan Taddy - the Wizard of the West

    15. Jan Taddy - the Wizard of the West

    The people of Cornwall held on to their belief in witchcraft, charms and fortune telling well into the 20th century. One man, John Roberts, known as Jan Taddy, was thought to be a white witch and was charged and imprisoned for telling fortunes in 1903. But given that many of his clientele appear to have been wealthy women, is there more to this story than meets the eye.

    • 24 min
    14. A Tale of Two Murders - Remembering 'Somerset Ann'

    14. A Tale of Two Murders - Remembering 'Somerset Ann'

    Within just a few months of each other two murders occurred close to Bodmin in the mid-19th century. The circumstances of both were strangely similar but for some reason one became a familiar part of our Cornish heritage, a tale told and retold, while the other was almost entirely forgotten . . . until now.

    • 21 min
    13. Thomas Prockter Ching of Launceston & the search for Skull Island

    13. Thomas Prockter Ching of Launceston & the search for Skull Island

    In this episode we discover the fate of Thomas Prockter Ching, what happened to him and his companions when their ship the Charles Eaton was wrecked near the Torres Straits in 1834.

    • 27 min
    12. The Generous Life of Thomasine Bonaventura

    12. The Generous Life of Thomasine Bonaventura

    Discover the story of a Cornish woman from very humble beginnings who was whisked away from Cornwall at a young age, was widowed three times and became enormously wealthy but never forgot her roots . . . 

    • 13 min

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