Tales Along The Old Corpse Road Episode 3: Urban Legends

This series has focused so far on some near-pornographic scenery in the Lake District and West Country – but even in supposedly grim industrial towns in North East England, legends are many…

0:00 – The Cauld Lad of Hylton: amongst a housing estate in Sunderland, Hylton Castle has seen better days… were they necessarily better, though, in times of rich and morally bankrupt nobles who treated their servants worse than livestock? I’ve unearthed an extended version of the tale of Sir Robert Hylton’s murder of the stable boy, Roger Skelton, as well as the hauntings of the Cauld Lad that followed – and pass my own verdict on the case.

27:55 – Glassensikes at Witching Hour: I recruit some locals to go on a guided tour of the streets of Darlington, following the former course of the stream, Glassensikes, which once ran through the western side of the town. With some extra information obtained during the tour, we also throw in more of Darlington’s local history than we first bargained for, involving the Pease family, the Quaker movement they belonged to, and the monuments they left behind. I’ve made a crude reconstruction of Glassensikes, which helps to show why it was considered such a forbidding obstacle for those who had to cross it. And we all recommend a local delicacy.

If the sound seems a bit weird during the Hylton Castle section, it was so windy that day I had to use the wind cut setting on the camera or I’d have been inaudible against those howling gales.

Overall, though, I reckon this episode of Tales will stand up as a fine promotional exercise for North East England!

Hammer of Retribution Productions: http://www.thorcast.co.uk
Old Corpse Road: http://www.oldcorpseroad.co.uk

Channel 4’s Time Team episode at Hylton Castle, January 1995:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/ti…
Rob Kirkup’s Ghosts of the North East, visiting Hylton Castle: http://www.ghostsofthenortheast.co.uk…
The Sunderland Echo – “Was the Cauld Lad murdered after all?”: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/what-s-…

The Northern Echo – “Take a stroll where the ghost hounds roamed”:http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/arch…
The Northern Echo – “Pierremont: the clock and the fountain”: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/feat…
The Quakerhouse: http://www.quakerhouse.co.uk

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