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Lecture 195 - Archaeology: recent Roman discoveries in Britain

Recent archaeological excavations on Roman period sites in Britain have revealed new insights into the Roman occupation of the province - an Imperial Bath House newly recognised in Carlisle on Hadrian's Wall, the first recorded Crucifixion in Britain from Cambridgeshire and The Norton Disney Dodecahedron from a Lincolnshire villa estate.

Join WEA archaeology tutor Simon Tomson to explore these important sites and discover their newsworthy artefacts.

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Okido. So recent developments in Romana, British archaeology in this country.

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Before you a whole set of wonderful gems which will come to a little bit later. However, we're going to start off with a very newsworthy story indeed, that at Norton Villa Norton, Disney Villa, just south of Lincoln.

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Now this was 1st noted in the in the 19th century sort of engravings of the of the Mosaics were published.

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And more of it came up in a field in the plough in the 1930 S.

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When I well, I wouldn't call it an excavation. A clearance took place. Let's put it like that.

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And we had this plan.

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Eventually published, now.

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It's rather odd. Villas don't normally have great defensive ditches around them, which we clearly see here, and further beyond as well. There's something a little bit odd about Norm Disney.

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Now there it remained until quite recently. Now a little bit of one of the mosaics is surviving today in the village hall in Nilton, Disney.

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Famous for 2 things, one, Walt Disney's family came from there, and B.

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Norton Disney. Horse trials take that place there, too, worth knowing.

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So this is one of the bits of the mosaics which is mid second century and date, which was recovered from the 1930. Excavation. Of course, in the 19 thirties we lived in a black and white world, and here we can see 2 of the rooms exposed.

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With the mosaic floors showing with the tessellation around the outside. This is a tessellated pavement.

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And the mosaic proper in the very center. There now terribly exciting, as black and white mosaics go, especially in the black and white world.

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Couple of years ago. Um, a company decided it. Want to build a wanted to build a massive great animal.

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Products, rendering plants.

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In the fine little village in Milton Disney, which, as you can imagine, they weren't wildly keen about. However, the local archaeology group decided.

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To carry out lots of survey work in the whole region.

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And geophysics, field walking and trial trenching, and discovered, in fact, that the villa sits in the middle of a very large.

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Several hectare in extent.

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Industrial area involving iron mining from the local Lincolnshire.

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And um.

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Smelting activities and all sorts of things.

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So in the process.

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Are putting in some trial trenches to have a look assessment trenches, as we would call them today. The Norton Disney.

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Uh came up with this. It's a rather fine object. It was featured in the National Press uh, and this came from a large or early 4th century rubbish pit uh. In part of the extra mural area around the villa proper.

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It is a Roman.

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Cast bronze.

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Dough, decahedron.

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And you go. Good Lord.

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Rather a curious thing. It's also technologically, ridiculously difficult to make, because it has to be cast. And, as you can see, it has 12 faces and 20 corners. If that's the right.

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Word angles, apac.

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Each one of which has a knob cast onto it.

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You'll notice that there are holes in it, and the holes are in 4 different sizes, and you think hmm! Not exactly a case of one size fits all.

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This was photographed on display in the Civil War in Newark, and more recently it's be on display in the County Museum in Lincoln.

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Now, these don't Getchahedra have always kind of puzzled people, because we don't really know what they're for.

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But having another one to look at and play with is always a good idea.

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This is some of the collection in the Landers Museum in Don, for instance, and you can see a very similar example.

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They are on the left hand side.

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Top one slightly plainer, and the one on the right has solid plate surfaces, and is still decorated with uh, with little ringlets on it, and so on. One of the explanations that the textbook gives us for dodecahedra is, they were used for divination, for seeing into the future that sort of idea.

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Now one example here from Gene.

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These are the plates which were sold together.

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To create the entire deckhahedra.

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And in this case the 12 faces have the.

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The, the.

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Sagittarius, Virgo, and so on. Germany off all the 12 months.

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Which does kind of fit with the idea that they might have been used by the priesthood in a temple. Perhaps.

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For divining the future.

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Um not much point in asking when Julia Caesar was going to be assassinated, because we know, is on the eyes of March.

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But this is the sort of thing that it suggested, that these things might before.

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That's the solid ones. However, more of the 133 examples known are of this form.

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Solidly cast, quite junky, made of bronze.

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With these 20 knots on the 12 on the.

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Corners of the 12 faces, and very clearly holes. This very chunky example comes from a museum collection in Ireland. That is not where it was found. It was a residual collection from an antiques dealer who left his collection to the local museum in Waterford. But it's a very good example of these very robust, solidy, constructed uh objects. These dodecahedra.

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So I got to thinking, and you may have seen on digging for Britain. This object was featured as well.

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And it seems to me.

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That these holes were clearly for something.

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And the fact that they're hollow suggests that something was put inside them.

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And this is a reconstruction of a Roman military balister.

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It is a very powerful.

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Anti-personnel device that throws a very log, a meter long or thereabouts.

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Prosper arrow bolt, whatever you want to call it accurately for about 150 meters.

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And these things are pretty deadly.

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Pretty much. Most Roman infantry regiments had at least one on their complement.

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And this drawing gives you an idea of how they were constructed.

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Their retort.

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And, as you can see, there is a very long meter, long or thereabouts projectile with an iron head.

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And it seems to me that if you, with the thread your dodecahedra on here.

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Using the appropriate sized holes, and here I've done so on my kitchen broomstick.

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Now this is a modern.

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Um printed facsimile.

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Buy them off the Internet.

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And it seems to me that uh, if you were to stuff this with moss.

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Or straw, that sort of material.

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Bit of sulfur bit of soul pit, perhaps.

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Um, and then wang it towards your position.

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Then you've got yourself a rather fine incendiary.

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Um. The knobs, I think, are to create turbulence in the air, to force oxygen into this while it's still burning.

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It only has to be on the on the broomstick on the Arrow for a couple of minutes uh time of, you know, firing to time of flight, and given that the Roman army were, generally speaking, during the conquest of northwestern Europe, and and Britain in particular, were firing at.

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Targets rather like this. This is a facsimile reconstruction of an iron age roundhouse.

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This is just outside Laos.

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Um on the a 16 bypass place called Kell. It is publicly accessible on the Boy Scout Camp.

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It's made of wattle and daub. It has a thatched straw.

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And if you can imagine a meter long projectile with a steel point on it, um!

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Gently arcing down, having been aimed at this thing at some considerable distance, and then it embedding itself into the thatch itself on top. Here.

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That dodecahedron sliding, and it's to the little holes down the shaft with the impact.

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Embedding it into thatch. That would be a very, very effective incendiary device. And my stress, this is my idea. Nobody else's other people have had other ideas too.

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A museum director I shall not name thinks. Therefore, make, therefore, knitting gloves.

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I don't really think that's terribly likely. But anyway.

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Here are 2 fragmentary examples from 2 of the thoughts on Hadrian's wall.

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Which puts them immediately into a military context.

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And, as you can equally be seen, these 2 examples have broken. They have shattered, perhaps on impact.

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Hitting something a bit harder than a straw roof, perhaps, and there's a fair degree of corrosion, and so on.

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Going on inside them here.

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That sort of corrosion could easily be started off.

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By having had.

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Burning material sulfur, whatever inside them I would suggest. Now, there's no proof of this made one to fire it to anybody. Yet.

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But the fact that we find fragmentary examples from the walls on Hadrian's wall.

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This example, for instance, was metal detected from a field in Belgium.

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And again, you can very clearly recognise the knob and the part of the circular hole there, which makes it very, very clearly. Part of one of these dodecahedra.

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So it is my.

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Purely my considered opinion that they may well be some sort of incendiary device.

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And that our friend, living in his villa down in Norton.

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Picked it out of the ashes of the.

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The Iron H. Pill, or whatever that his regiment was besieging, and took it home as some sort of keepsake.

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Ended up in a rubbish pit when the entire house was taken down or redeveloped, or whatever.

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Just imagine the last time you had a major out at home, and you filled the skip outside with all sorts of bits and pieces you didn't want anymore. Well, that's the sort of idea here, I would suggest.

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This distribution map shows you the locations of the 133. So far.

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Recorded Roman Dodecahedra, and, as you can see, they are all in northwestern part of the Roman Empire. In Britain, France, Germany, specifically couple on the Danube frontier as well, and these are all areas of military conquest, from Caesar's garlic wars in the fifties BC. Through to the invasion of Britain in 43.

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And I think it does suggest.

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The the military use of these sort of objects. The fact that some of them have been found in military contexts sort of fits, with that quite neatly. So. We must think, then, of our Roman auxilia regiments like these gentlemen here, with their ballista.

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Uh, using these things as incendiary devices.

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To be fired into in a Hillforts, iron age defended or hidden, undefended with straw roofs and wattleland or walls.

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Uh incendiary warfare, of course, is a very effective way of terrorizing your enemies.

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The bits of these ballista have been found, indeed, in several by regiments of auxiliary infantry.

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Okay, so that's the.

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A rather amazing Norton Disney.

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Now I want to move on to a site at Fenstanton, in Cambridgeshire.

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Located between Huntingdon.

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And Cambridge. Now, this area, of course, today is undergoing massive economic um development.

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The University, and all the science parks, and so on in Cambridge, of bringing in lots and lots of population numbers, and many of the little villages in this area are being upgraded with new housing, and so on.

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And Fenstanton is in this case absolutely no exception.

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So a real photograph.

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We can see the A. 47. I think it is dual carriageway running across the country, the edge of the original village envelope up here, and planning consent has been granted for this triangular plot.

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To be redeveloped for housing.

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You can see the tree preservation orders have been placed on the existing trees which been left alone.

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Machine up hereing the top soil off.

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And this area.

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In the so in the county historic environment record has shown, Roman finds in the past, and thus an excavation is being taken place. What we can see down here. It's a very large.

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Gray line there, which is a ditch which is a cross. Sections cut through. It's an enclosure, and there's a number of graves down here from a cemetery.

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So this is all quite.

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Sort of regular planning controlled archaeology being taken place.

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By a commercial contractor. In this case Albion archaeology, who, I think, are based in Bedford.

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So here's 1 of those graves under excavation.

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And under Martin Home Office rules. You can't have the public on site.

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Or if you're excavating Graves, they've got to be screened off.

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And everything's got to be treated with respect, and so on. As it should be. So there is a human burial under excavation. It's a very specific human burial.

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These are the bones thereof.

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So they were recovered on site.

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By limb, taken back to the laboratory for the palaeopologist at the particular contracting unit to look at.

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To look for evidence of disease.

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Things that affect the bones which could be detected. And that's where the Palio pathologists come in.

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The skeleton is relatively.

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There's nothing terribly exciting or particularly wild about it, and it certainly wasn't noted during the excavation.

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Very careful looking at the feet.

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Suddenly revealed. Good heavens.

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There is a whacking great.

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Iron, nail.

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Right through the ankle bone.

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And you go. Whoa! What's all that about them?

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You could possibly have had a pretty dodgy carpenter making the coffin and knocking a nail through the side of it. But this is a big.

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6 inch nail type of thing. It's not small at all, far bigger than you need.

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Manufacturing a coffin.

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And the fact that the nail there's its head on the far side there has penetrated with very neat hole right the way through the heel bone means. This is perfectly deliberate.

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And you go. Oh.

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And suddenly alarm bells start ringing.

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This is a modern museum display of a human foot.

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In the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem.

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And here's a Roman nail driven right the way through the heelbone.

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With a.

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Plate of timber washer behind it.

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So this is the outsiders foot, obviously, and this is the inside of the foot. So if we go back to our example from Stanton.

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There it is!

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Right the way through the solid part of the bone. It is very, very clearly a deliberate act.

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And the only.

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Circumstances we can think of.

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This might represent.

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Is. It, in fact, represents a crucifixion.

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So what we know of from the Roman world is.

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The victims who were crucified.

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What? What uh? Tied to the crossbeam, as we see here with rope, and only in the case of the base down here.

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Do we have a nail driven through each of the ankle bones?

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Into the wood of the actual.

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Vertical bar of the crucifix.

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Crucifixion, as though well attested in the Roman world. Historically.

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Very, very rare to find archaeologically.

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And indeed, there is only 2 other examples known.

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One is from Jerusalem itself, and another one is from Italy.

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So that's how we think it worked, and the hu. The raison is.

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That crucifixion. You basically.

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Starve to death.

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Up on the poll if you don't bleed to death through the wounds down below here.

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Now it would be very easy, therefore, the dependence, the family, whatever of the poor victim who'd been.

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To Victor to some heinous crime, and was condemned to crucifixion.

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Sit there for 48 h, or longer.

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Um, and just basically wither away.

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From dehydration as much as anything else on the crucifix, but to stop people coming and cutting down.

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Nerdy, well relative, and carting them off and recovering them by nailing them through here with these expensive iron nails.

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It means family and friends can't come and.

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Liberate the poor crucified victim they nailed there.

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So they have to wait until they die, and some people try and break their necks, and all this sort of idea to recover them.

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So the idea of this is, we think, is to keep the body nailed to the cross.

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So this is the example for the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem.

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It is not a named individual, it's from a cemetery, and there is that.

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With a great nail driven right the way through it.

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I hope you have no duty yet. This is all a bit gruesome, isn't it? But all the same.

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This is archaeological evidence. So.

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If we go back to our model.

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Here is the same.

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Artifact I've just shown you from Jerusalem.

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And here is the modern facsimile, showing how that works.

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Notice the space here.

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And that's the space occupied by that timber washer that's been put in to pull the foot inwards.

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Against the shaft of the crucifix itself.

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Now, of course there are.

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It wasn't very, very famous example of crucifixion.

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And of course, you know, the stigma is the holes in Christ's ankles, and indeed in his hands. Now that's never been found very clearly, but this is evidence of crucifixion. This is the only.

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Proven crucifixion, victim from Romano, from Roman Britain at all, from this little agricultural settlement out on the edge of the Cambridge fan, and you think, good heavens.

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What could this individual have done?

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To to deserve this sort of punishment, but.

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It is empirical evidence, and we like empirical evidence because it's certain the rest of the settlement was fairly standard from agricultural settlement.

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Um with ceramics from the late second through to the early 4th century BC. Az. Rather.

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So we see very clearly here valley cups with painted decoration on them. Lake 3, rd early 4th century flagons, folded beakers uh jugs, and large grayware vessels and drinking vessels down here on the right hand side as well. So that's all. Pretty standard. Nothing stands out about this one burial.

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And something which is rather fun.

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Are these little enameled plate brooches they called horse and rider figures.

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Certainly 2 cm long, as you can see from the scale. These are enameled a flat cast plate brooches.

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And they are found in East Anglia and Lincolnshire. Specifically, there's some sort of.

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Tribal area that these represent, and they may perhaps have something to do with the god essay. Pona, who is the goddess of horse riding and horse riders.

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So it may be some sort of.

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Protective Idea.

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For those who spend a lot of time on horseback. So quite extraordinary the information that comes out of this pretty standard commercial excavation in Cambridge, that Fenstanton.

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Which gives me pretty much half an hour. My final subject, which is.

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Connected with Hadrian's wall in some senses. So there is the entire line of Hadrian's wall, and if we kind of zoom in.

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Towards Carlyle. Here.

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Out the western end we see that we have 2 forts.

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Stan, Wix, and Carlisle itself.

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Practically on top of each other, and that's the only place on Hadrian's wall we see this particular phenomena.

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Why can this possibly be.

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Answer. Thank you. The Ordnance survey map 1, 60.

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Carlisle itself lies on the south bank here of the river Eden.

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We have a conquest period.

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Dating 71, 72 Ad.

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From the Roman governor, Carialis. We have the later walled town, Theum built around it.

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Here is the river Eden, flowing from right to left, out into the way first, st and we have a second fort here at stomachs. Stomach called Patriana.

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Now this is part of Hadrian's wall.

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This line here is indeed Hadrian's wall.

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Said, goes out to its mile castles along the way coast. So that's why we have 2 forks.

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Conquest, period fought.

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And a Hadrian's Wall period thought.

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Built from 122 onwards, when Hadrian's wall is starting to be built.

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Now this particular fault at Stanwix is.

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A very unusual thought, because it is the only thought on Hadrian's wall.

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That has a garrison of 1,000.

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A cohort's miliaria equitates.

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The only one.

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They were sometimes referred to as Hadrian's firefighting force. This sort of thing there.

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So they're highly mobile.

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Crack cavalry troops, and they sit in this position at the end. The western end of Hadrian's wall.

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We didn't. We don't know much about the 40 self at Patriana, simply because it's got modern Carlyle suburbs built all over it. Anyway, that's the location.

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Are now going to take you to the cricket ground, which is here.

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That area. There is.

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The cricket ground off.

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Parallel cricket club at the Edenside ground. Well, that's fairly obvious. There's the River Eden looping right the way round it.

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Thought itself lies.

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Beyond the main road. Up here on the hillside, and during the terrible floods which affected Carlisle and the river Eden Valley in 2,015. No great surprise. The cricket ground was inundated, and the clubhouse was rather badly damaged.

00:28:45.000 --> 00:28:47.000

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They put a planning application in to build a new one here, as well as some water defences around the sides here to try and stop what is very clearly the flood plain.

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And in so process thereof.

00:29:02.000 --> 00:29:03.000

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A small excavation took place.

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With a new.

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Route. The new pavilion was to be constructed.

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Small. The Commercial Excavation Uh Company.

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And suddenly things started leaping out of the ground.

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And the most important thing was.

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Fragment of an inscription.

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We can, we can reconstruct most of it. And in translation it basically says.

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Mother, of.

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Our most Holy Emperor.

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And of the army erected by the senate and country, and this particular form of dedication, when you expand the whole thing.

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A specific.

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2, the Empress.

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Julia Domnier.

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Now Julia Domnier was the wife.

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Of the Emperor Septimius Severus.

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And he and his wife, and 40,000 troops.

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Rocked up in Britain.

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In 208 Ad. Until Septimus died in York in 211.

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And their son Caracalla took over.

00:30:17.000 --> 00:30:18.000

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To the mother of our most holy Emperor Caracala.

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Under the army, etc. Etc.

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Now this.

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Fragmentary inscription was found in this.

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Rather unappetising looking archaeological, trench.

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But, as you can see, there is one bit of Roman masonry upstanding.

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And all of this dark.

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Charcoal, flecked grey material.

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Is medieval, robbing.

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Now, if we think about the situation in Carlisle in, let's say.

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1090, something like that, just after the Norman Conquest.

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1st thing William wants to do is fortify his northern border, and he builds Carlisle.

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And Carl Castle, it would appear.

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And the wolves broke. Carlisle were probably built.

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From the ruins of a very large bathhouse.

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So all this backfill.

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Is relatively early. Norman.

00:31:21.000 --> 00:31:22.000
Digging out.

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Well, 1st demolishing and then digging out the buried walls of a large.

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Previously unknown.

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Bath, house.

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Now you can sort of get an idea.

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Of the depth of the whole.

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From the edge of the bulk. Here down to standing material.

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And the fact that most of the site is backfilled.

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Medieval rubber trenches.

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So this is what a rubber trench looks like. So imagine.

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You're working for the new. Whoever the lordship was, Carlisle in 1090.

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And your job as sheriff is to get that castle up as fast as possible, so, rather than going and quarrying stone, cutting it and carting it to the building site.

00:32:13.000 --> 00:32:17.000
What you do is you locate your nearest big Roman ruin.

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Which probably had walls standing above ground.

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And that.

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Ruin would have very large squared off precut locks. Just the sort of thing to go building your castle and your wolves around Carlyle, and that is exactly what's happened here.

00:32:36.000 --> 00:32:44.000
So we're looking at negatives. This linear thing is that rubber trench that's the film still being excavated here.

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These are the intact floor surfaces on either side.

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Where the walls once.

00:32:51.000 --> 00:32:52.000

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One wall.

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Rudimentarily survives here, with the wheelbarrow run on the top of it.

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And these are all fallen.

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Piles of ply which held up the floor in the bathhouse.

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With the hot gases running underneath it, such that you would burn your feet.

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Now this excavation is being going on as a community project.

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Uh since 2,020. I think it is the last season finished last week.

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And still it goes on as a community archaeological project in Carlisle.

00:33:29.000 --> 00:33:43.000
Now I think they've had about 800 volunteers coming and working on the site which has been under professional direction and excavated in association with the Tully House Museum, which is the main museum in Carlisle.

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And the amount of material the museum's now got from this is enormous.

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Now one of the features of Roman bath houses is their drains.

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And even if all the walls and all the ceilings, and all the big swanky stuff above ground.

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Has been demolished.

00:34:00.000 --> 00:34:06.000
And the stone carted away, and I emphasise big squared blocks like Lego bricks if you like.

00:34:06.000 --> 00:34:08.000
In terms of you know.

00:34:08.000 --> 00:34:17.000
Proportion of being carted away to build Carlisle. What they aren't going to do is dig out the drains because they're below floor surface.

00:34:17.000 --> 00:34:22.000
But Roman bathhouse drains are rather wonderful things.

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Because a.

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You'll see very clearly. See, they are capped.

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With capstones.

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And in some cases water still indeed runs through them, and the Romans, being Romans, means this wonderful bathhouse.

00:34:37.000 --> 00:34:41.000
Has a really fine set of underground drainage.

00:34:41.000 --> 00:34:47.000
Now you can see the Roman concrete of the floor. That's a floor surface. There.

00:34:47.000 --> 00:34:49.000
Flush with the capstones.

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And here we have 2 drains.

00:34:51.000 --> 00:34:53.000

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The confluence, and you don't see it all beautifully slabbed along the bottom.

00:34:58.000 --> 00:35:05.000
But the one thing about Roman barthouse, particularly where they belong to the Roman army.

00:35:05.000 --> 00:35:08.000
Is, if we actually excavate the fill.

00:35:08.000 --> 00:35:12.000
The gunge, which is in the bottom of the drains.

00:35:12.000 --> 00:35:17.000
That has remained static since the Roman period.

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And as a consequence, everything that was in that.

00:35:22.000 --> 00:35:23.000

00:35:23.000 --> 00:35:28.000
So by very carefully removing and sieving.

00:35:28.000 --> 00:35:36.000
All the fill from the drains the excavators have recovered, I think, 72. Now.

00:35:36.000 --> 00:35:41.000
Gemstones, all of which are from finger rings.

00:35:41.000 --> 00:35:42.000

00:35:42.000 --> 00:35:47.000
You're in the great bathhouse, wearing nothing but your finger rings.

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Wherever you were, them.

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And the metal, the gold or the bronze, or the silvery ring in the hot water expands.

00:35:56.000 --> 00:36:03.000
Um! The glue with which the gemstones are set into your ring melts.

00:36:03.000 --> 00:36:10.000
As a consequence, all of these have fallen from the rings on Roman fingers.

00:36:10.000 --> 00:36:12.000
In the bars themselves.

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And become washed.

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Into the drains, and they are magnificent. I think there are 72 last count.

00:36:20.000 --> 00:36:33.000
This one. Here is a parrot, for instance, we have all sorts of hair here, and many gods, and God esses and demi, gods and godasses, or various different deities.

00:36:33.000 --> 00:36:41.000
These are about a centimeter long and about 7 mm wide, and they are cut.

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Oh, integral! In other words, they're cut into semi, precious, semi, precious hard stones.

00:36:48.000 --> 00:36:54.000
Things like courts, and Charles Seveny and Rock, crystal and Jasper.

00:36:54.000 --> 00:37:05.000
Many of these dark pinky ones. Here are Jasper and the finger ring specialist at the University of Oxford, recently retired.

00:37:05.000 --> 00:37:12.000
Thinks there's actually a gem cutters workshop in Carlisle itself.

00:37:12.000 --> 00:37:15.000
All of these have numbers on them. They're small, fine numbers.

00:37:15.000 --> 00:37:25.000
Where they, the 3 dimensional location of these, is actually being recorded within the drains themselves. So you think of all the unpleasant things that went down.

00:37:25.000 --> 00:37:29.000
For the birth. Our strains. These are very exciting things indeed.

00:37:29.000 --> 00:37:30.000

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With careful.

00:37:32.000 --> 00:37:37.000
Not microscopic photography, but with careful lighting. Cross lighting. In this case.

00:37:37.000 --> 00:37:46.000
We could very clearly see the actual demi God. S. In this case, who's a figure? He's on the ring itself.

00:37:46.000 --> 00:37:49.000
And these would have been used originally.

00:37:49.000 --> 00:37:59.000
In the same way as 18th century signet rings were used into ceiling wax.

00:37:59.000 --> 00:38:04.000
So they're rather like a signature for authenticating documents in wax.

00:38:04.000 --> 00:38:10.000
That's how we think they were actually used. So this is, in fact, the goddess.

00:38:10.000 --> 00:38:14.000
Who is the goddess of harvests.

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And uh fertility of the soil. This sort of thing.

00:38:18.000 --> 00:38:20.000
And she actually has her hands here.

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On a plough.

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There! That's the shaft of a plough.

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Coming, down.

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And she's usually got grains of wheat and that sort of thing around her.

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All these little scratches on the surface are wear and tear.

00:38:33.000 --> 00:38:36.000
During the usage of that ring.

00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:40.000
Integral set into the finger ring itself.

00:38:40.000 --> 00:38:47.000
There's also a cornucopia here, a horn of plenty again showing the crops. So, although.

00:38:47.000 --> 00:38:52.000
This is a military bathhouse belonging to the reign of Septemia. Severus.

00:38:52.000 --> 00:39:00.000
Uh! It seems that other people from around the neighbourhood are also coming in who may well be involved in agriculture.

00:39:00.000 --> 00:39:07.000
Now Hadrian's Wall, as a as a total garrison is about 18,000 troops.

00:39:07.000 --> 00:39:09.000
All of whom have to be fed.

00:39:09.000 --> 00:39:14.000
So there's clearly a vibrant market economy in foodstuffs.

00:39:14.000 --> 00:39:17.000
In the wall, fort and the wall area.

00:39:17.000 --> 00:39:20.000
That probably applies to why we have series here.

00:39:20.000 --> 00:39:27.000
This is another example in Citrine this time. But again it is series. The same goddess.

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And you can see the hand on the cloud again down here, and there's the cornucope on top.

00:39:34.000 --> 00:39:35.000
So these are little.

00:39:35.000 --> 00:39:41.000
Masterpieces of classical art that were worn on the finger.

00:39:41.000 --> 00:39:45.000
And they've come out in the hot water of the.

00:39:45.000 --> 00:39:52.000
This is uh Jasper, and it's a again with one, we think, probably from the local gem cutting workshop.

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And it's pan.

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Goat legs, as you can see, hairy thighs, and all the rest of it.

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And Pam is a an attendant.

00:40:01.000 --> 00:40:04.000
Of Dionysius, or back us, if you will.

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Um, which are therefore involves alcohol and wine, and all the other things that go with it.

00:40:10.000 --> 00:40:15.000
You know. What did the Romans do from us? Well, apart from the bathhouses, the drains, and the wine.

00:40:15.000 --> 00:40:22.000
Remember. So that's what that's about. It's about Veno collapsing by the ampere.

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Also sitting in the drain was this extraordinary object, and you go. Hmm!

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Right. It's a lump of purple something or other. Yeah, you're right. It is.

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Analysis at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne shows that this is a lump of beeswax.

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Which has.

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They did in it.

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A very large lump of Tyrannian purple.

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This is the die stuff.

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From the Mediterranean, from those poor little Murex shells which were gathered by their millions.

00:40:57.000 --> 00:41:01.000
And this little secretion from their liver.

00:41:01.000 --> 00:41:02.000
Was extracted.

00:41:02.000 --> 00:41:04.000
Posthumously. Of course.

00:41:04.000 --> 00:41:11.000
And oxidized in the sun to create the famous purple dye, the imperial.

00:41:11.000 --> 00:41:15.000
And it appears that it's been carried around to the northern.

00:41:15.000 --> 00:41:19.000
Dissolved in these works.

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Now this is the purple dye that the emperors use.

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And Roman laws. They're called sumptory laws. Prohibit anybody below the rank of emperor. Having clothing died with this material.

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So it's very much a cipher.

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For an Imperial presence.

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So we've got a dedication on the bathhouse itself.

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To Julia Domnier, and I wouldn't assume, therefore, that there are high ranking officials.

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Involved with the court.

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And indeed the presence of the Emperor Septimus himself.

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Which explains the presence of this purpley stuff.

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It is as rare as hen's teeth.

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And to my knowledge this is the only example.

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Surviving from Roman Britain.

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Of imperial purple, dye.

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Okay. I hope you're terribly impressed.

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Because the excavators of Carlisle were very impressed indeed.

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When the Pilar, these stacks of.

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Oof, let's do, dog on! Here we are, these stack.

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Of flatish Roman bricks were found to be impressed before firing.

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With the imp mark.

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In periodom.

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Uh, so it's.

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MP. Got it. It's a rebus.

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And uh again, that is, by authority of the Emperor. Now the tiles were made at a local just down the Solway Valley, about 5 or 6 kilometers away.

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Um from Carlisle itself.

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And they have clearly been made by imperial edict.

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For this large military bath house.

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You go on to.

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X, whatever it's called these days. And you look up.

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The um.

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The feed for the Carlyle diggers.

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And you'll find lots and lots of people carrying on the excavation and holding up various objects they have found under controlled archaeological circumstances, of course, and this gentleman is holding up 2 pieces of ceramic pipe, as you can very, very clearly see one with a nozzle. You might call it a male and a female end.

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And it's.

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Roman water pipe.

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Unfortunately, that's before.

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The uh. The controlling archaeologist got his hands on it because it isn't.

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What they, in fact are.

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TULI uh fired ceramic pipes lock into each other.

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That form the vaulted roof.

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Over the bathhouse.

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And carry hot gases.

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Through the walls.

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And over the vault.

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Over the top of the bathhouse itself.

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So not only is the floor mighty hot beneath your feet.

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The walls are radiating heat, and indeed the vaulted roof is radiating heat as well.

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So this is a bathhouse. It's very efficient. Uses.

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All the thermal properties.

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From the furnaces to get every possible surface jolly, warm.

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And in December or January or February, on the edge of the end of Western Hadrian's wall, with Atlantic storms and gales coming in, you can think how very, very nice and cosy indeed.

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But this particular form of the use of tubuli.

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And vaulted roofs like this.

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Is specific to North Africa.

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Libya, Tunisia, and to the Near East.

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Palestine, that area.

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This means we have to go back.

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To the raison d'etre for the bathhouse.

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Whose plan.

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The moment looks something along these sort of lines.

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But these are mostly the robbing out trenches from these big load, bearing walls.

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Now it's important to remember.

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That the Emperor Septimia Severus came from Libya.

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He came from Lepsis magna, indeed, on the Libyan shoreline.

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And his wife, Julia Domnier, was actually from Syria.

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So they're bringing a whole.

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North African Slash, Middle Eastern flavor.

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To their presence in Britain and their Cabinet and their core to their senior military officers. Around them.

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Now, this isn't by any means a full plan. Clearly.

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The size of the bar. Fallacy is greater than the area of the trench at present.

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And the end of this season.

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The director there is actually giving a site tour.

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And you can see the P. Lie standing up on that surface. So the actual floor was at this level on top up here.

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And all these trenches full of water, cause it didn't have rain this spring. Are the rubber trenches.

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From the major structural walls.

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Of the bathhouse. Now this, this bathhouse would have had very big chunky walls indeed to support its size and weight.

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Not even sure that any of the walls they've got in the trench are external walls. I think these are mostly internal walls. So this is a small cross wall. Here.

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There's the remaining bit of a wall foundation.

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This rubber trench is removed all the way along here.

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And all the black, ashy material, of course, is the ashes.

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From the furnaces that the whole bathhouse was heated with.

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And, as you can see, it's a very big hole. There's the modern surface today.

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And there's the director's head. So he's on the.

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Standing on a surface.

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Inside the bathhouse floor.

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And the floor over here would have been a slightly higher level.

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With his ply, raising the floor.

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So all this has been exposed.

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Because of the Cricket Club's new pavilion that's going to be built there.

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This massive robbing exercise, removing huge tunnels of Pre cut stone from the Roman building to Bill Carlyle Cathedral, and indeed the walls around Carlisle.

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Hence the walls are negatives.

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The ready, the medieval robbers.

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Didn't, however, have a use for irregularly shaped blocks like these 2.

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No, I don't mean Alice. Uh! What I mean are these 2 extraordinary pieces of sculpture.

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Which have been rejected by the medieval robbers.

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The reason they've been rejected, of course, is you can't build a castle out of irregular pieces of stone like this.

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This is the local red Penrith sandstone.

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And they are.

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Over lifes, sculptural figures.

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Of theatrical.

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Heads there, rather red Indian sort of look about.

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Professor Alice here is modeling them, as you can see, for the Digging Britain series. This is the site director in the middle here, and they're whacking great things, and they are protective.

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They are part of the sculptural decoration that would have been high on the walls.

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Of the bathhouse, and.

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Giving a deity protection over the whole of the building.

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Because let's face it. You're very vulnerable.

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When you're wearing nothing but your skin and your fingering, and you've just discovered the gems dropped out, of course. Thus they are a protective.

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Piece of art that would have been high up on the building, so we could only reconstruct the building really from the architectural.

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Pieces that have been left behind, that the medieval robbers left.

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So the site.

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Last week was back, filled again.

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So here is the surface of those Roman floors. These blooming great water filled holes here because it rained this spring quite a lot.

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There's 1 of the walls Print Cross section which occupied the trench which has been robbed through here, and the other one up through the top. There.

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So you can see it is deep. There's the modern surface today, protective.

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Sheeting has been laid over, runners to be delicate areas of ply, and so on, and for safety reasons alone it has to be backfilled.

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There is a lottery funded scheme, I think, to continue the excavation. I don't know how many years more, but next summer I guess that'll all come out again, and it's all illustrating one.

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Major, facet.

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Of Roman history in this country, and that is the Emperor Septimi of Severus, with a very large army, we think of about 40,000 troops.

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Turning up in Britain.

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Basing himself in York.

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And then campaigning in the North, including building great new bathhouses here at Stan X. For his.

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Ah! 1,000 strong, cavalry regiment.

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And all the places with these white blocks are known to have been occupied.

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Or reoccupied during the period of Severuses and his son Carracol.

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Campaigns in the North.

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The reason he came here to campaign in North was.

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That he was a very successful military general.

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From Uh, who was governor of the area that is today. Romania.

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And he wanted himself a nice, cheap, easy victory. So going and attacking Scotland beyond the Hadrian's wall beyond the ant wall as well, would give him a cheapish, easy victory.

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Uh, you'll notice we have naval support.

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Coming up here with the Roman navy involved as well, and coming up the coast of Fife.

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The campaign was ultimately successful, and fortunately um.

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Uh. Severus died in York in 2, 11.

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His 2 sons, Geita and Caracala, then died for the Emperor. Shiplla murdered his brother Gita, and then took over as one of the most.

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Dreadful Emperor's Rome's ever seen. Never mind, he did build a huge bath house, of course, in Rome the passive. So this.

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Not very well known. Campaign by Severus in Scotland, has now got a massive new bathhouse in Carlisle, which is still undergoing excavation.

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And with all the architectural fragments from the excavation. We also have window glass.

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Painted wall plaster. This was a place of enormous sophistication, and classical art is perhaps the best way to describe it.

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For a bunch of.

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I put it not too mildly hairy bottom troops.

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But clearly there's an influence here from North Africa.

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Architecturally, as well as perhaps a hint of imperial visiting to this bathhouse, and some of the other facilities along Hadrian's wall.

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From rich, and Severus.

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Launched his campaign into Scotland. So you can't get much newer than that.

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Uh, because literally the only backfill the trench, I think last week.

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Pending more excavation, probably in the next few years, and I think, so far, 800 volunteers.

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Have participated in the excavate. Carlyle.

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Which is brilliant, isn't it?

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So archaeology is alive and well. We see different facets of new information on Roman Britain coming to light and new and different influences.

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Right. I've whiz through that at the rate of not. Thank you, Kay, for that applause through that very quickly, and I hope.

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You've taken up some information I've given you from that.

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All those 3 stories I've shared with you have been in the national media. You've only got to Google them. And look.

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Northern Disney does, or whatever, and you, too, can have an idea of mental play with the objects, and see what you think. It might have been used for, and so on.

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So. Thank you all very much indeed. I'll leave Lauren now to bang a couple of quick questions. Thank you, Sheila, over to you, Lauren.

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Thank you. Thanks so much, Simon. That was so good. I'll like, say, we'll put a couple of questions to you before we finish up.

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Of course.

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And so there was a couple of people asking if you could visit the site there in Carlisle.

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Well, no cause. He's been backfilled for safety purposes as much as anything else. The last song you want is the police ringing you up and saying, Oh, there's a body in the hole.

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You know some drugs falled in and drowned, or whatever it happens.

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So health and safety means it has to be backfilled.

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Flattened completely, and then re excavated. The following year.

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Thank you.

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Um. Another question here. Is it possible to identify specific Roman stones in the castle walls, from from um.

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Yes, it is. There is a very strong suggestion in some of the standing walls in Carlisle today that they are regular.

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Ashlar locks.

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And that's not the norm way of doing things. They are recycled from Roman buildings, and this bathhouse, judging by the size of it, is very obviously one of the major donors.

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So, looking at the walls of the castle, the earliest part of the keep.

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There are big rectangular blocks which are very clearly Roman in origin.

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So yes.

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And one that just came in at the end. There from Valerie was Septimus, the only emperor to go beyond Hadrian's wall, and she hadn't realized that there were so many Roman remains north of Hadrian's Wall.

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Oh, Lord! There are absolutely yes.

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Uh. Many of them are, however, hidden because they are the archaeological remains of Roman timber force.

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From the various different campaigns which took place into Scotland.

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However, there's a bathhouse just outside Glasgow. Up there's Dan. There's a number of fort Installations at Fort, for instance, along the line of the antenn wall, which are upstanding, ruinous, and visible.

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Absolutely. Yes.

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Um, and just one last one before we wrap up um. So Kathleen asks, how would the edges.

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Who, making the gemstone rings, be able to carve small figures without.

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Oh, right? Yeah, this has always been a bit of a problem.

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Um. The answer is, we think that we're people who were very slightly myopic, or, in fact, quite a lot myopic.

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Probably had a career path.

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In fine close carving work.

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We do not know.

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Of a single lens.

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From the Roman world.

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So unless you use a glass of water, which does act as.

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A lens of sorts.

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Having very, very short sight is a positive in uh um career, plus.

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In the gem carving, industry.

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And clearly there's an awful lot of them.

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From the fortress baths in Caleon. I think it was about.

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45 that came out of the drains. There.

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So, as you can see, this hot water bathing lark is all very well, but you gotta check your personal jewelry afterwards, because.

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You'll very likely be losing a jamstone or 2. I emphasize that there's semi precious.

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They're not precious. They're not. Staff are in this sort of thing, but they are hard stones, agate.

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Uh Jasper Courts. That sort of thing, rock crystal. Some of them are also glass. I should say. They're molded glass.

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So yeah, bit of a bit of a pain when you get out the bath and find oh, hell! It's dropped out.

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But that's the archaeolog.

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Benefit. We get to see that material.

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Now I believe that the though the Tallyhouse Museum in Carlisle.

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Partly shot for refurbishment at the moment. I think there is an exhibition of this material in one of the annexes which is visible.

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So if you phone yourself in Carlisle.

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Well worth getting yourself to the Tolly House Museum and the exhibition therein, which will show you some of this material.

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Taking a hand lanes with you would be a very clever idea.

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Recommended. It's really really nice museum, but.

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It is.

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So thank you.

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It's super duper.

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Thank you so much, so interesting, judging by the comments here, it's been very well received.

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So thank you all very much, and I hope that you enjoyed it, and inspired to find out a bit more just going to stop our recording. Now.


Lecture 194 - The New Forest: a history

The New Forest in southern England has a key place in landscape history. An area of marginal land settled in the Bronze Age, it was used as a Royal Hunting Forest for many centuries, supplied the growing British Navy with timber for shipbuilding and most recently became a national park. Famous for its pretty villages, mosaic of moorland and woodland and diverse wildlife, this tranquility belies a complex and contested history.

In this talk with WEA tutor Hadrian Cook, we’ll explore how today’s forest has evolved, taking in the shaping of the natural environment since human prehistory, human intervention through natural resource management, governance and management of the forest over time, and efforts to conserve the New Forest during climate change.

Video transcript

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Right, thank you very much Fiona. Right, can you all see and hear me properly?

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I will attempt the screen share.

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Alright, does that look all right? Yes, go to that one. No? Oh gosh, sorry, wrong button.

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No. Nope.

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Yeah. That's based and if you just pop it onto your slide show mode that would be fantastic.

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Is that better? Pick up up many buttons. Hello. Oh, My nose are in shades already.

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Right, okay, let's see what happens. Oh yeah, yeah, that's good. Well, welcome everybody and thank you for coming along.

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And of course thank you for the invitation me to come and give one of my faith talks to well I don't learn as anyway generally it all comes about partly where I live.

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I live just up the road from the new forest in the cathedral city of and I, I obviously became interested in the new forest simply by being close to it and having this background as Fiona says in environmental science, environmental policy sort of thing, I suddenly realized it all comes together just a cycle ride from where I'm sitting talking to you in quite a large area.

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When we think about, forests. We get so many different images of them. Or ideas in our minds about it.

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I haven't got time obviously to go into them, but when we talk about royal hunting forests or some people prefer the term royal forests because other things as we'll see were done in them apart from from hunting like timber production for example, then we still have a number of images and some are on the on the left of my image there is I think that is from a French medieval manuscript.

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That's some seriously rich people at some point in the high middle ages chasing some poor animal.

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Through the trees, to almost certain death and all the rest of it. Next to that is a photograph taken many years ago of my daughter not looking very happy because he just done an unpleasant exam at school but that is the site or reputed site and no one believes it's the real site of where King William Rufus that's the the son of William the Conqueror.

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Was actually killed. No one quite knows why he was killed, but as you'll see the Normans weren't altogether popular in England.

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So that's, sort of part of the idea of the history of it, but also part of the mythologizing, beneath it, about it.

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Beneath it, of course, that's a little chap underneath, is, that's a little chap underneath, is, one of many images of a green man, a sort of forest entity in mythology, looks a bit like me actually before I shave my beard off.

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And You know, so we got these very deep mythological associations with forests as well, including the new forest.

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I don't really got time to go into that sort of thing. Fascinating though it is because I'm teaching this more or less.

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As an exercise in looking at land use change and economy from a slightly bizarre start. The idea that you could take large chunks of somebody else's country if you concrete and go around hunting in this as well.

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And on the right is a book I produced a few years ago. Now I think, 2,018 is the official public date.

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Publication date called the New Forest, the forging. Of a landscape. And I think, you know, the sense or sending you, information about that as well.

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So the scope of what I'm going to be, talking about today is a little bit by what we understand and mean by royal or just hunting forests if you like or royal forests.

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And then, how we can see them in, in more modern terms, I'll explain what that means in a minute.

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Obviously it's an historic landscape and it's a little bit unusual. In that, most of the rest of England Whyiles and so on.

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Was, covered in a manorial system and that was the system of governance.

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Here you had something else sitting on top of it, which pleased the king and so on. I want to talk to something about the new forest today because you're interested in environmental conservation and policy, it's 1 of our 3 newer national parks in England anyway.

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The other 2 being the Norfolk Broads and the South Downs. And I'll just touch on some issues of woodland management as well because of course, pardon me, I'm just getting over something.

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Because Of course, we are interested not just in the conservation history of them in this day and age, but how we are going to manage looking forward into a time of climate change.

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Now, this is a rather fun map produced in a book by, a source of predecessor of mine at White College, Robin Best.

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It's a very old book and I like using very old diagrams for very old subjects as you can see, but what Robin has produced here, is, just a simple map showing where the, Royal Forest or Royal Hunting Forests were in in in England and the borders of Wales at least over there here and what immediately grabs our attention is the huge amount of land that was

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involved. Now because the areas involved came and went a little bit, you can't give a very definitive percentage, but it's somewhere I think between 20, maybe 25% of the area of England of Wales as we understand it.

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I should say for Scotland, need to say kings and nobles had forests and probably did similar things in them, but the concept in the strict sense of the royal hunting forest I'm going to be talking about today is restricted really to the area where the Normans had most of their suzerenity if that's the right word.

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But look at this one here, this interests me, virtually the whole of the county of Essex, for example, was underneath the Royal Hunting Forest Legislation.

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The new forest to say is in the deep south down here, you you can look across from its shores and see the Isle of Wight.

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It's that far south. But yeah, let's look large swathes of the middle part of England going up to the wash along here.

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If you've got any geological background you might notice the strike of many of the. Geological outcrop sort of follows this to a lesser extent over here towards the West but over here and of course this is also making a statement about the kinds of soils and so on that were often taken over for the royal hunting forest as well spoiler alert it was basically the more rubbish land the very

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very good areas for cultivation of course remained within the manorial system which is still of course was taken over by the Norman's in the time on and fashion for exploitation of the natural resources and PS the people within as well.

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You will have come across probably the term chases as in you chase after an animal. And that is a similar but not such a Draconian thing when a hunting area belonged to the nobles.

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So down here we've got various chases. Cranbourne Chase would be an example where particular Earls or particular bishops would have had that and it's a kind of as it were poor man's royal hunting forest because you've only got one king.

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And so on. The other thing is to realize about it, You know, in your mind, if somebody says Forest, you think a big stand off trees and you also think, about, something possibly a monoculture of those trees.

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Everything's the same as distinct from a woodland which has got a sort of slightly greener sort of environmental, sort of more cuddly image, but a forest, it's a commercial thing if you like or it's a productionist thing and things like that and that's fine that's the modern use of it but it wasn't really the as I say, wasn't really the origin of the term itself.

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So there's your distribution in the 13th century when more or less time of Henry II and so on when more or less No, I wasn't hearing the second.

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Sorry, there, went on. Yes, he was. No, wasn't. No, it's a time after century after that.

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And, Of course. That was the time when there was a maximum extension of these woods as well, which also says a lot of it about the Norman Kings and their succession successors.

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This is a much later, thing itself. This is the new forest, in 1811, I think in a map, that was produced by, by, by, Percival Lewis.

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And that time, you can still see that the interest is there. They've defined an area, which is still under the forest laws.

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And in case you're wondering the new forest is one of only 2 which have not had the authorization legislation.

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Taken away from them. We can map those forests out, the forest to bear and and all these other places that you'll see throughout the kingdom.

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And they're still there physically very often. Savilex another one but at some point they were disasforested which meant that somebody else generally a noble or in the South Napoleonic period when the the Exchequer was after money often things like the the Exmoor Forest in West Somerset.

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Was taken over by Midlands Ironmaster called John Knight. Because he wanted the resources underneath it.

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In fact, that wasn't very successful. And he tried farming on it, which wasn't very good either, which reinforces the point that the old royal forests were really on the poorer type of land themselves.

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Just a nod in the direction of ecology here. This is the, proportion of ancient semi-natural woodland which is a definition which It's some extent we're stuck with, but if you could show that an area of woodland this time, more or less deciduous woods rather than anything else.

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Was in existence about 8,606 1,600 you know just over 400 years ago then, then you can regard that as, as quote, I'm quite ancient woodland.

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There's lots of problems with that. Certainly is more and more archaeology comes to light and we realize they're off and prehistoric system field system sitting underneath them as well.

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And of that ancient, semi natural ecosystem, about 1% of Great Britain is actually part of it.

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And you can, these are obviously southern counties along here, but you see the Hampshire has quite a respectable amount of that because of us overwhelming majority of the new forest sits within the county of Hampshire.

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Now, okay, what does it really mean? If a forest doesn't originally mean you know, great standoff trees, then it of course is a legal definition and like all things documents aren't always preserved in the way they should be.

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The laws that were produced at some point after 1,066, some people think in the 10 eightys, but it's disputed when it was.

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The original document doesn't seem to exist. We have to pick it up from later documents and get a good idea of what it was all about.

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But the forester is an idea of it from the Latin or Norman's French being outside something.

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And I think this probably refers to it being outside the common law. That's a common law to England which developed which was supposed to be common law for everybody except if you lived in a royal forest you were subject to another set of laws as well about which they lots of stories, some are probably more exaggerated than others.

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And it's distinct from silver culture, which is a lovely word. That means a cultivation of trees.

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I still wish we talked about Sylvia culture rather than just forestry because it would have avoided this confusion all the time.

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And there's also a very good website, dated, sorry, date of about forests between about 1,018 and 1850 which picks up the idea of kings hunting in forests from the Anglo-saxon period but of course through to the Norman conquest and so on.

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And you can see that that's from St. John's College Oxford, a project produced a few years ago and it's very informative and it's full of all sorts of definitions.

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Because trust me, mixture of English Latin and Norman French and probably other things if I thought about it.

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The the technical terminology of these, Boris gets rather complicated and it's all because it's all mixed up with the law and the rights and the wrongs of what you can and can't do and so on.

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And here's the 1st one.

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Well, I had to do my O level French twice so that I could get into a university. I wasn't terribly good at it, but I just about remember the word, which obviously comes from there in French or Norman French, which means the green.

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And the, writer Jeffrey Jawser in the 14th century sent up all these characters and he refers to his German forester.

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He's kind of independent. Forrester he's he's employed and paid a salary or something he's not like a a surf tied to the land he says he's a thief of venison that has a abandoned his greedy appetite.

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And all of his old craft but he can keep a forest better than any man. So he's a crafty old devil, he knows his business.

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And his job is to look after the So look after the green. Why? Because that's what animals like to eat.

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And that's just a fairly random picture I use a lot from the new forest. And you can see here that, part of the ecology is it's a de facto re wilding. That's the open forest.

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It's distinct from the enclosed areas. I come to that later. But never nonetheless, that requires the vert.

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Now, we don't have foresters anymore to look after it as such. We have the forestry commission and they will have various plans to look after areas like this as well.

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The venison, I'm terrible on my breeds of deer, but there is one that's probably a red deer there and that of course is the the prime meat and it is said that you know commoners weren't allowed to eat the venison because that was all part of this sort of mystique of being a king or a noble.

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The sort of people would hunt in the royal forests because the king of course when the days particularly when the court was moving around the country would of course often stay within the forest where you had.

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Back here is you had cow farms as well supplying what the Royal Court needed and he go out with these no nobles and he'd hunt these unfortunate beasts and so on itself and then eat them.

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Fortunately now we commoners are allowed to eat venison. You don't have to keep it quiet and shut the door.

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The rest of it you can eat it in public if you so want to I'm pleased to say.

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Now, of course, Here we've got, I was going to try and move this bar without losing you all.

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So wretched news, it's gonna pull it down, yeah, I'll pull it down, there we go.

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This is, from somebody called Orderika Sitalis who is writing in the latter part of the 11th century lived into the 12th century, the time of the real ascendancy of the Norman kings themselves.

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And he's almost certainly, despite his Latin name and Englishman, so he doesn't particularly write like what's going.

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He says, now reader, let me explain why the Boris, have to move this thing as well.

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Now I can't. Now Reader let me explain why the forest is called the new that part of the country had been populous in earlier days and was scattered with hamlets provided support for settlers.

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Amongst the population thoroughly tilled the county of Hampshire so that the Southern District provided the city of Winchester with all kinds of country produce.

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So he's painting a picture here of something that was there before. And was basically nicked by the Norman Kings.

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And he says, of course, he gives us the figure in the next paragraph that more than 60 parishes are forced the peasants to move to other places and replace the men with beasts in the forest so they might hunted the king's content and so on and there he lost his 2 sons Richard of William Rufus who I think in the beginning we saw the iron fighting Victorian thing around the Roofer Stone where he's supposed to

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be killed but probably wasn't. And this was of course taken as a wrath of God against the Normans.

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Because of that. So, there you go. That image was put forward quite early on of the the way that the Norman Kings behaved and this has been both disputed by landscape historians and also in some ways supported because there seems to be some evidence of the abandonment of earlier settlements within the forest area.

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But by. Okay, but biochemists have come up with this data as well. And so that it might have been some and some, but I think I must stress that, oh gosh, this things not working again, hang on.

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I'll put this back, hang on.

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No, he's not working. Okay, I'm going to stop the share. Go, oh dear, sorry, I'm gonna have to go back in again.

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I'm sorry about this.

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Come back now. I may have to go on to this mode actually. I'll see if it works.

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Can you still read that? Okay.

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Yes, you need to pop onto slideshow though, cause it looks quite some long.

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Well, I can, know it's just there's a problem sometimes with with changing them. And let's go into that one and keep our fingers cross.

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It's getting bit old and crotchy like me this thing. Oh, there we are.

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The other thing about it we were interested in governance or I am and how were things done in the past how was the environment managed in the past well it wasn't obviously manage for conservation in anything like the same way, but it could be managed for hunting.

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Manage for natural resources and stuff. And there's a wonderful list here of the types of, officials that you've got within the new forest anyway.

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The, the roles and names vary a little bit for royal forest or all forest but so anyway there's a steward or chief forester that the big week tended to be an honorary sort of senior position within government basically.

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Then you got the foresters themselves who sometimes had powers outside the forest including those to chase after poachers and things like that.

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The verderers who have been reconstituted in the new forest, they were judicial officers.

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And they still exist, the regard or regard as check for illegal encroachments and reports back. Okay, I'll report to Paxil's back spelling state then report back.

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They had to look out for people hacking up bits of the forest to put little patches of farmland on and things like that.

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Yeah, agisters were related to grazing and received an accounted for the money paid and the heritage and panicked the King's domain land.

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So, you know, they had to make sure they're getting their revenue for it. We're building up a picture here.

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The wood was looked after the woods and the vert, in a, a, sort of manual practical way.

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And the reason I've made a thing about number 7 and put new preservators actually date from tutor times the time of the Elizabeth 1st sort of later 16th century and they had their origin not in the crown or with the crowd but in the Okay.

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And it was the tools drive towards the production of wood within the forests, okay? Their whole idea of kings going out there and hunting, you know, was being laid to rest as it were.

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And we'll see in a minute how Elizabeth 1st herself. Actually showed an interest in the management of woods to something other a purpose other than hunting or anything like that.

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And we get from earlier than Elizabeth the 1st 1547 we get the court of general surveyors And these kinds of institutions become what we later though as the the office of Woods and then the Forestry Commission as well.

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So don't think that all of our modern institutions just sort of date from the 19th and 20th century, many do, like the environment agency, I mean that dates from my lifetime in your lifetime probably.

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But nonetheless, you can immediately see problems arising here.

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The, the, IM, and that is the, the division of powers that really means. And that means that the division of powers that really means.

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And that means that the Exchequer, as in the Chancellor of Exchequer today, could the interests of the forest.

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The historic ones go back ultimately to the Norman Kings as the Lord Morden and things like that.

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It's much more feudal in that respect. His duty was just to preserve the game.

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And in 1542 management of crown was for timber was formalized and they caught created the courts of survivors.

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Of the Kingswood. That's a bit of a giveaway as well. And then of course the objective itself was the commercial function, commercial function of crown woodlands under the direction of the crown itself.

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Now I'm not going to go through this any great detail, but a forestry colleague of mine used to make a big point talking about this act of 1544 and he claimed quite rightly this was the 1st act of parliament what's to do with managing the forests and woods for their own sake and not for hunting or any other purpose itself.

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And indeed coppice management, you don't know what copies management is, it's when you can chop down a broadly tree to sort of ankle or knee height and it will regrow and you get these poles that come up and you cut those poles off again 5 1015 years later depending on how thick you want them from what purpose you can use and typically for fencing or anything else.

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So, Queen Bess is sort of saying, let's put these to some use. Let's get some wood out of it that we can, they use them.

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And she's talking about charcoal. Fuel I should say, fence steaks and house repairs, okay, demand for large timber trees, not apparently there at that time, but you look at historic woodland management they have these standard trees which are the big ones that stand up in the middle are often used for larger constructing purposes as well.

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The origin of copacing may actually be the exploitation of the underwood. That is people opportunistically taking trees out realizing they could grow again.

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And there is a record amongst of Beaulieu Abbey which is on the south side of the forest that sitting Lord Montague of Beauty's state originally it was monastery, They're recorded as managing copies themselves.

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And also something else, certain enclosures, we spell it with an eye. This is not just classic cook spelling.

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This is authentic spelling. Closures especially the Bentley's which is near a place called Frithm have irregular outlines that are possibly a sign of earlier enclosures, which these things have developed rather more organically, the sort of rather ragged edges to them.

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It's not like a square enclosed field or anything like that. And there's a sign here that they are a part of earlier enclosure.

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So there's a lot more going on there and coppicing or ancient wooden may go back a long time and here's a sort of photo montage with the sorts of things that were going on this is actually wood in Kent I didn't tell you that this lovely bluebell workwood near Ash Ash Ashford where I used to live.

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And you can see here these have been copied. These are technically known copy stools chopped out chopped down to a low level and allowed to grow up.

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That one's probably hasn't been chopped for 1015 years something like that. Sometimes these things or often these things have just been left to rip but historically they were being in compartments and they would have logically cleared them at time and time again after 5, 10 years, whatever it was, and let them grow up again, so got a new crop of wood.

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There's of course a boar, very happily, an ancestor of the modern pig going around foraging in the woods there.

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That's probably a standard tree we got there. Yeah, that's an example of Wattle from the Singleton Open Air Museum in Sussex.

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Example of a typical thing when you had to produce your own woods within the manner or within the world forest to around your house or what have you.

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And you can see here that how these things were used. Because finally at the bottom is an example of charcoal making which is still carries on in some in some ancient woods today but not so much in the new forest.

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Compassing is now very limited, the new forest itself. Here's Frithm, the whole village itself, or Hamlet really itself, has this irregular outline there, which suggests this time people settle in Little Valley here where maybe the sores are a little bit richer and we're allowed to farm and graze animals and you get this sense of moving out from a central core and hacking

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away at bits of the forest like that probably in late Saxon times and certainly it would have been controlled at some point because beyond it you've got the Bentley enclosures which are also irregular in our in outline and will have developed as copies enclosures as I suggested these 2 down here but when we use the But enclosure like this.

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These are much more modern, areas where you typically will have things like oaken beach trees and I will talk about that in due course as well.

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So we can begin to look at the structure of the forest and how it's how it works.

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Right, this is, an example of the areas that the new forest has back i think in the sixties from a book by Colin Tubbs, a very excellent book.

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He was the natural England or was then I think Nature Conservancies, Nature Conservancy Council's officer for the new, for the new forest area.

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And you can see here that we've got areas of selvicultural enclosures, there you are with that diagonal hashing there and so on.

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Enclosed freehold lands and crown owned agricultural era. So bits of it have fallen into 3 hand particular, a freehold of month, and things like that.

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Unenclosed broadly, woodland like my slide can occur virtually anywhere and then the perambulation of it because boundaries are very important if you're using legal definitions and every so often if you read these to the new Boris they do a perambulation every 50 or 100 years to just work out what the legal limits of it were.

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This area here from 1,204 is Beaulieu. This was handed over to the monks of Beaulieu Abbey for whatever reason.

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Probably. It is often said that, rampaging armies and things like that were less inclined to go across a domestic land.

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I'm not so convinced by that, but certainly the idea of the King wanting him to be remembered in their prayers and things like that certainly would have played a role in that as well.

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This is just, an example of the, SIs here and the special areas of conservation.

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This is a modern view of it. Looking at the cousin conservation designations that are within it as well.

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And this area is now outside the perambulation of New Forest itself. It's now part of the South Hampshire coastal area.

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I would like to hope one day that there will be a national park that actually stretches pretty well along the Hampshire Dorset coast.

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It's not happened yet. Talked about as well. I mentioned Chase is up here as a Cranbourne Chase and the Wiltshire Downs and so on.

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Also, common land was available. Common land, as you probably know, are areas where people with rights called commoners can graze their animals.

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That is controlled. It doesn't mean anybody can go and graze an animal there. That that's a common myth.

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But people have common rights, can, can, can, can, it as well and they're common as within the forest but also commoners on the outside or commons on the outside and here they're numbered Rockford Common, I know these areas.

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Sadly, actually, there is a conservation problem with many of them. It is difficult to get.

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This poll quality lad to get graziers on them as well and they tend to be scrubbing up quite badly, which is a great chain, but that's part of the landscape history as well.

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There's common as rights within the forest and there comes on the outside the forest as well. About 2324 of them in total.

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So let's just have a look at a few pictures now.

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There's a mosaic of land covers, okay? And this can be related to obviously to management and also to some extent to the legal system that created them.

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The woods as enclosures.

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Talk more about that in a minute, but if you put a fence of some sort or a addiction offense around an area of woods you want to control the animals getting into it typically sometimes you want to you allow the pigs in there but you don't allow the deer in there and that's sort of thing and these enclosures are very important in the history of certainly the later history of the new forest itself.

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Wood pasture anybody's ever heard of the friend only and Prince, that sounds fair. The Dutch ecologist France Vera will know something about Vera's ideas of the wild would and how it was cleared and the role of big grazing animals within it itself.

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Now Vera did a lot of his his work ecologically. In the new forest, came over and studied it, was quite taken by it and he identified it quite correctly.

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It's 1 of the largest areas of wood pasture in in Europe. By that we mean most of it's grazed, but there are trees left there.

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As I said, there were standard trees in Coppice Woodland, so there are wood pastures, grazing underneath, no smaller trees but there are large trees there and a lot of our common land anyway would have been like that in the middle ages and probably just after.

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Because you can grace your animals on the common underneath them, but you can also chop bowels and things off them for fuel or more like for construction and things like that.

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So it's a dual land use. Heaths of course tend to be on poorer land with heat plants, ericas and so on.

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Grasslands we know what that is. Myers and bugs, the new forest Scotland by the Well, by the hectare, pools, which of course are often what we call technically perched water table areas, like little, little, sometimes ephemeral but little to pumps and things like that and lawns which have often been and nibbled by 1st of all by animals then later by rabbits so they

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look like a sort of golf course in tea off on a golf course or something like that but they're of ecological importance and then a designation which dates I think from the 18th century the ancient and ornamental woodlands certainly the Boulder would drive and places like that within the new forest.

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Are about that and that's was reckoned by Colin Tabs to be one of the few specific ecological ecosystems ecosystems ecological definitions which actually appears in modern statutory law as such.

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And so This is of course gives us a clue. Now if you're a keen gardener unless you really liked Alpines or something you wouldn't buy a house with a garden like this this is typical of some of the plateau gravels that we get in the new forest.

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So it gives us immediately a clue as to why the Norman Kings decided to take this for hunting.

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And not establish a manner on it. Remember the advantages of having a manor is you got agricultural produce coming off it you've got possibility of course of raising armies under pure feudalism from where their peasants and and taxes can be gathered as well.

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Royal hunting for us did have the manorial system in but it was a bit muted and it sat there underneath the forest law itself.

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So you can see why this would have been a classic area where he would have allowed or wanted the royal hunting forest to develop itself.

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And you can see here that the vegetation has gone up, this course there, there's bits and pieces of Heather and so on.

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This is wood pasture. Note the beautiful grazing line under there. Produced by the tallest animals.

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They'd be new forest ponies of course as you know as small ponies. Used to be rather cruelly said I think to a coal mines and things like that they now they've much happier lives.

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Also cattle are out there larger horses are out there and so on. So this is your typical wood pasture type of cover as well.

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Because of the geology you get, impermeable layers even, under the gravels and under the sandstones and things.

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So you will see that water will accumulate on the surface. And again, this is not desirable for conventional agriculture.

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Wouldn't really bother to plough that up and plant wheat on it unless you were need of help I think.

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Here is an enclosure with an old wood bank on it as well. Holly action is quite common there.

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The trees would tend to be. Yes, things like oak, oaken beach.

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So that's a broad leaf enclosure with the bank. There you've got coniferization, although that's actually ironically enough, those are broad leaf trees.

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Coniferization, which I'll come back to later, that's the replacement of the historic hardwood forests, with, Call it first, st which has got a much more market value today.

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Certainly for building purposes and things like that. Artificial drainage, that's interesting in itself.

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Because a lot of that dates in the 19th century and now they're stopping it now and they're bringing areas of wet and back by simply clogging up these drains.

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All the rest of it, but you don't need to be an engineer or a hydrologist to see that is man-made in order to encourage the growth of these these trees here as well.

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Well there's a mire or a pool if you like. For it's as well. These are a bit ephemeral, walking off of peace as it were in the new forest in the winter.

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Is a lot more tricky. And lot more in need of welly boots and care than it is in the summer because of the fluctuating water tables and things coming up there.

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That's a lawn going down my nice little stream there with a bridge and of course those sorts of areas are these days used because it's open access obviously for people to go have their picnics and children to play in and things like that.

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So, you know, the mosaic of land usage has modern uses, modern references itself. Oh, this is just a very fine shot of the head of there with some rather invasive gorse coming in as well.

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Probably taken in the autumn. Do that you'll be familiar with P. Heath and has a cycle and has to be managed, particularly, it will go to SIM essence and start falling over and all the rest of it.

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The classic ways of managing Heathman here and elsewhere are either to cut it which is probably the safest way to graze it but that has problems after the certain level of maturity of it or to burn it, which of course has lots of risks and in fact heathland fires in Hampshire.

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Dorset a yearly occurrence. Which keeps the local fire brigades. Sort of rather busy actually and lots of warnings for people these days not particularly to have these little barbecuees and then treat them in response because that's a common source of it as well.

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But in a controlled way that could be the management, they heat them as well. So you you need the heat of the certain level for it to behave and in other contexts not so much a new price of course it provides cover for for shooting and things like that.

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I mentioned the commoners rights as well. Common is rights are sort of evolved and in 1217 there was something produced which was called the Charter of the Forest just after the time of Magnet Carter and that actually among a lot of other things talked about protecting the rights of the commoners, these are ancient rights, they're certain little gone back to Anglo Saxon times before the Normans took over.

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And the people who still live within the forest had the right to turbulent to take turns for fuel, mal to take soil for marling land.

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Well I wouldn't take anything for a new forest from my car really. It's all very nutrient poor.

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Estovas the right to take sufficient woods to the commoners house. If you had those commoners rights you could take it and you could burn it in your cottage and things like that.

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But if you took too much control to sell it, tried to sell it, it was controlled so you get into trouble.

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Your mask is the right to turn pigs out and then of course the, the grazing, the right to If you'll be familiar this through past year, cattle horses and sheep and other animals on the common land.

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Now, Oops, let's just try and get this out of the way again.

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The LG of enclosure then, which is the idea that comes in much later, states from the end of the, 17th century, the increase in preservation of timber in the new forest.

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And, It was said that during the English Civil War period the forest forests had been rather neglected because of course it was the only time that England had an experiment with republicanism but that was probably largely due to Samuel peeps it was a bit of a royalist on the side but anyway they were thinking about it for reasons I'll come to in a little while.

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As to, produce, from enclosed areas of woods proper commercial hardwood forestry.

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I think hard and forestry a stress oak majority in some beach were was very popular as well. And there's all sorts of controls.

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New pollards, that's trees that are cut at a higher level, very common in our towns these and days because of course they didn't want polys they wanted whole trees and so it became illegal to start new poll building whether they actually did or not I don't know.

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So the state is moving in and we're getting woodland management occurring as well. And this is a long time after Queen Bess.

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Well with her coppicing act as Coppice is reckoned to have failed actually. Here. But never mind, there's other things I wanted to do with it.

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Every time I do that, I can't move it down. I'm so sorry. Hang on.

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Yeah, okay, stop, share. I'm going to come back in a minute. There we are.

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Right, let's carry on to where I have.

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It's past all the pickies.

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So, the next subject then is the the rise of scientific, oh gosh, sorry. That's it, that's working.

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The rise of scientific forestry. I haven't got time to go into this now. But you'll see that from the 18th century, particularly the 5th report when they were worried about 2 things.

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One was the forest was underproducing and that meant unproducing, wood ultimately for the Navy.

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And underproduced and overproducing corruption really. There lots of room for corruption with all these officials kicking around that they tried to do so they started to promote things like things like, Noeries for the trees.

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And then eventually this would lead to the rise of, the Office of Woods being in control and the forestry commission as well.

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John Evelyn and John Manwood, he been wrote about forest trees. Manwood did an early example to try and encapsulate the idea of the forest laws itself.

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So you got the 2 sides of the royal forest here, trees and the forest. Laws themselves.

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One looking forward and one looking backwards. About this time, I'll be the late 17, th early 18th century or later 18th century that they're really looking at turning into something else like that.

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One of the events, of course, that changed the interest in it was the Dutch came up the River Medway in 1,667 and burnt the Royal Navy.

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Now this is probably worth one of the most, embarrassing episodes in British, naval or British military history generally.

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And I used to live in this area, so I've been to the Chat and Label.

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Docyards and I know a bit about this. And the person who changed it changed the idea of the King was of course Samuel Peep, who was a civil servant at the time and an MP and he petitioned that we should rebuild the Navy.

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And from 1,684 we rebuilt the Navy. Well, from 1,684 we rebuilt the Navy.

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Well, you got to have ships, the Royal Hunting Forest, but particularly the New Forest, were a good center for this.

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The new forest is well positioned for it because you've got the Solent, you've got the English Channel nearby and you can produce historic, shipyards there as well.

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So you can actually build ship ships there right at JSON to your resource for it as well. This is the 5th report.

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Now just a little bit on the later use of the forest themselves was a few ones which are bit weird.

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One was 1,851 was the deer removal act which didn't work. The idea that protect the forestry and the commoners rights you took the deer out.

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Now the idea of taking the deer out to Norman King would have been total anathema but there you go.

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And then in 1887 after the pressure of the commoners, rolling enclosure ceased.

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They, they fossilized as it were the areas which were enclosed for timber production for the Navy and they didn't need it anymore because from about 1,840 he started to have ironclad battleships.

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So the forest has has moved again. Now I'm gonna have to move on a little bit, I think because of the time, but I wanted to just note here from the, certainly the middle part of the 19th century with the office of wood is moving in and it is producing conifers.

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These are supposed needles at the expense of the forests there of the broadly for themselves. And, the sorts of things that happen when you put,

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You put. Sorry. Yeah, that you put carnivorous is is it starts to use more water it stops the recharge of the soil and the water running through to the rivers and things like that.

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So there are environmental problems with this as well and this is going to be a bigger problem with climate change as well.

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Another thing here is If you're looking generally to restore ancient woodland habitats rather than just leave everything to go under commercial forestry, this is an example from Scotland where they've mapped out where the potential is.

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For putting back ancient woods ancient forests and the Caledonian forest is a wonderful star in itself.

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I was visiting this part of the world only a few years ago and and and the Lockheed.

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National Nature Reserve up here is wonderful. It's got a bit of the historic forest left, but I digress a little bit, but I'm saying that we can look intelligently at forests, we don't need to use it all for coniferous.

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We can bring back the ancient woods or the ancient forest and of course the conifers up here the scots pine clue in the name is of course native to Scotland but not the new forest so you can think in intelligently about this.

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But we've now got the National Park, of course. And this dates from I think about 2 2 yes 25 and although we got an ancient system of governments linked originally to the the royal hunting for us.

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We've now got a national park there and we can control visitor management we control planning within it and we can look at you hopefully holistically at its management as well.

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So here's a little bit of a. A sort of a synthesis of what I've said.

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Norman Kings like did what they like but a manorial life in the Boris continued.

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Henry the second the mid 12th century sorry about getting his data on earlier is enthusiastic for more of forestation just to show how powerful he was Henry was a bit like that.

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Magna Carta Charter of the Forest guarantees the rights for forest dwellers. The ancient hierarchy which was well intended and changed of course is the treasury moved in with the preservatives but produced corrupt officials.

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That, that was a 2 sits lines of command really. That came in, a producing the Division Imperium.

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That was going to be the crown versus the Exchequer or the Crown versus the state interest.

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Replanting for the Navy comes in big time. TGIC importance, the state gets involved here, loss of markets for timber, the 19th century we move over to producing a lot of softwood trees a lot of cometh because you can sell that my son is a carpenter he will tell you all about what you need and he would be a little bit less happy perhaps about working with hardwoods in building construction than he

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would obviously with softwoods and things like that. But there still remains a struggle to maintain grazing by common commoners and this becomes a conservation issue.

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Right, here we go. I'm going to stop sharing and Fiona hopefully will have some questions for me.

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Hi, I certainly do. Thank you very much for that. Here, Jim, we got through quite a lot there, didn't we?

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Right, okay, I'm just going to crack straight on with some questions. I'm just going to start from the top.

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No, from Jan. You talked right at the start about almost like the whole of Essex coming under the forest legislation.

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Jan's asking how far did the Forest of Essex come into London?

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Well, I mean, London was confined within Middlesex, in, in those days.

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So it's it's a little bit of a difficult question to answer but things like Epping Forest if that's what she's thinking about was, things like Epping Forest, if that's what she's thinking about, was part of, if that's what she's thinking about, was part of, of the Forest of Essex.

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In fact, another talk I give, I talk a little bit about this. And in fact, how they were different.

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Actually involved within it. But there was a big time for memory of disaporstation quite early on actually in the forest of Essex.

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I mean That's what I thought, 13, th 13th century, something like I can't remember.

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And there's another interesting thing about how through Octavia Hills and other people it comes to be part of the areas really for for public enjoyment particularly of London as as London was growing so it's a nice question

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Okay, thank you. And There we go, Jan. I hope that was some way to answering your question.

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Another question from Margaret. She understands that there were forest prisons

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And she's asking, why did these come into being? If that's right.

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Well, like any other prison for miscreants, I think she might be thinking of the blind house, which from memory I think is in Lindhurst, it's possibly called the Blind House because there weren't any windows in it rather than sort of the idea that they could put your eyes out for poaching the Kings deers or something like that.

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I don't know a lot about this subject, I'll be honest with you, that's the only link I can think of.

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But I mean, there were prisons everywhere anyway. And remember that, the manorial courts were still working within it and they would have had to have dealt with people who were naughty as well.

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But it's a good question that well it's worth a google anyway so if you can find that more about it.

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Thank you for the question.

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Okay, okay. Have a had a couple of our members asking about the woods that the use of wood for naval ship building purposes.

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I don't know if you could tell us maybe just a little bit more about that. I know you touched on that towards the end there.

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Yeah, well, it was, as I say, from the end of the 17th century, and Samuel Peeks was a great promoter of that.

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This embarrassing incident when the touchbird, the Navy, during the Anglo-dutch Wars.

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I said, no, I'm laughing at that, but it seems quite funny, you know, rule Britannia and all that.

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But what they tended to do, was to grow. I think it sound like a ratio of 3 to one oak to beach.

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You know as in hearts of votes queue for a song there but also the beach was very important i think things like peels and decking a very very hard wood indeed So the whole thing was geared towards the production of battleships until the sort of 1st half of the 19th century.

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Buckler's Hard is one of the places on the Hamble estuary where you could still visit actually a historic rather expensive in private hands but you can still visit another historic Don't get I'm not chatting one that's a long way away, but you can you can you can visit one there and sort of try and imagine what it was like in the Napoleonic wartime for example when How you see there were lots of

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shipwrights and carpenters and heaven knows what working on the ships. We're right, timber, which was just probably dragged in largely from the new forest.

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That's, that's the limit of it. For the present anyway, otherwise you get into, you know, the history of naval architecture and I'm not an expert on that.

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Okay. Okay, another question from Guy. He's asking. Now I don't fully understand this question.

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I'm hoping you will. And were the perambulations, the same in nature as beating the bounds.

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I, I don't think so. I don't think choir boys were involved.

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I mean it was a legalistic, Got certain the choir boys weren't involved.

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It was a legalistic thing, but the officials would go and established under the legal statute, you know, the boundaries of the forest from time to time.

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I mean, again, I've glossed over a lot, but Henry the second we alluded to was very enthusiastic and he sort of pushed out into the woods and this wasn't always or popular.

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So you had Perleus, which is a Norman French name, which were areas which had been disoriented as Hale per year.

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Just down the road that way. We've had this kind of quasi status. They were no longer under full forest law, but I think things like the King had the pursuit of deer into them.

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So tell me to actually establish At any one time what the boundary of the forest was. Had serious legal implications and also land management implications for various interests.

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Good question that.

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Okay, there we go. Now, and I have another question here from Sue. And this is about no.

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She's asking is the new forest still being used for softwood production? Okay.

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Yeah, it says. Yeah. I mean, I, live in an interesting world, where I do understand the the needs to generate employment for people and things like the strategic interest.

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So beginning to guess what my politics probably are. Okay. And you have to balance that. Okay, the quite legitimate ones of Well, yeah, you know, of conservation and things like that.

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So the forestry commission solve was set up often to provide as come to throughout Europe to set up areas picked off the 1st war and so on.

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You know, for soldiers who come back who needed a job and that sort of thing. So, what can I say about that?

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It's all about the 70, s and 80, s this caliphous deforestation.

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And as you'd be a worth the owner, it was particularly fierce in your native Scotland.

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Came under criticism. I mean the commercial side of it, not the Caledonian price, under criticism for wiping out a lot of the ecology that was there before.

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And certainly down here in the deep south you've got coniferous forests or woods which are entirely the result of escaped trees or scapegoes and things.

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From, forestry commission or private forestry activities as well. Now what the forestry commission tends to do now is to gradually replace at least on the outside of a lot of these blocks.

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It should have been connectorized, deciduous trees to bring them back. The Forest of Dean, which is the only other one, which is still under the forest origin.

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I understand that's quite a big idea that they've got their running in the forest of D to kind of have this mixed idea of conservation and also a commercial interests of forestry as well.

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Very, very interesting. Right folks. I think we've got through most of your questions. I think we'll need to wrap up from there.

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Thanks very much for that, Hadrian. Really fascinating to hear all of that very, very complex history.

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And of the new forest I had certainly no idea that was quite so much behind it. And obviously a little bit about some of the current efforts to protect it as well and I hope everybody enjoyed that and found it interesting and maybe inspired to get on Google and find out a little bit more.

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And about the new forest and similar areas. So thanks again, Hadrian.

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Well, thank you all for being, well you had to be an attentive audience really, but thank you for being aive, I'm sure you were, and thank you for the questions and thank you Fiona.

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I know you have to do a lot of this. The sort of hostess with the MOST S but anyway I'll we'll talk and maybe I can do other topics later on if you think that's nice for our members.

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Thanks again.


Lecture 193 - The history of the watermill

A watermill with its wheel turning is quite a vision to behold. A familiar part of our countryside and towns throughout the UK 150 years ago, today they are an unusual sight.

Following on from his lecture in 2023 on windmills, join WEA tutor Michael Turner to explore the history of these wonderful structures, taking in the origins, development, demise and restoration of surviving watermills. There will even be the chance to see inside some of these amazing mills.

Download the Q&A, useful links for further reading and forthcoming courses by the speaker here

Video transcript

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Okay. Well, thank you very much, And this afternoon. As you all know, that, it's a talk on the history of the watermill.

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Now the last time I spoke to you I spoke to you on the history of the windmill. And there were some obvious differences between the 2.

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The, the windmill of course derived its power from the wind. And the water meal derived its power from water.

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But there are a number of other. Principle differences that you should be aware of.

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The while windmills were used for grind in grain, to make flower or or for pumping.

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Water mills were much more versatile.

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And, the industries they were used for included Grinding grain. Company. Dry wood meals.

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Saul males need a males. It's enough. For the meals. And paint meals.

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And that's just a selection. Of the variety of industries.

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Now, surprisingly, because the water meal was more versatile than the windmills. They were far more water meals built.

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In this country. Then windmills.

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But today we're going to look at water mills.

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And I shall now start to share my screen.

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1st of all, some key dates. To put thee the history of the watermill into context.

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Now you will discover that there are different types of water mills. And we go back to, 85 BC at the top of this table.

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In which the Greeks Introduce the horizontal mill. Now these terms horizontal and also vertical.

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Describe the plane in which the water wheel rotates.

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Now for those who live in Scotland

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You have a particular interest in horizontal mills because They spread very much. Across Scotland. And I will show you a restored mill.

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In Orkney.

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But after the Greeks came the Romans, 20 B. We they invented the water wheel that we're most familiar with.

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And the 1st of the different types. Was called under shot.

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And now show you a photograph in a moment. To describe an undershot water wheel.

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Now the next date in the. Table. Was that it took a long time. Or road to be converted.

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To use in water mills. And the reason for that was that

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Previously, all the production of flower was done by the slaves. And the view was, well, If we introduce these water mills.

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What are we going to do with all these slaves? They could cause a lot of trouble. So that Rome.

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Took a long time. To recognize the benefits of water mills.

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Now because of that late date There's always been speculation as to whether the Romans brought The water mill to Britain.

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And I've got the date stare of the Roman occupation. And you'll see that, they left.

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Note too many years. After Rome converted to watermills.

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But in weeks and years, archaeologists have found Examples. Of Roman water meals. In Britain.

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So we do know that. The row is brought the idea. To us.

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Now the quite a pickle leak then. 1086. And the historians among you were know that Is it the date, the Tuesday book?

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It's a list of Properties, for tax purposes. And a value. Of the property.

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Well, water meals were. We're also a valuable resource. And throughout the Tuesday book there are over 6,000 Water mills recorded.

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When mills came later. So there are no wing mills. Recorded in the Domesday book.

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And then another date forward roughly in 1575. Mills were enlarged or rebuilt.

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And in many cases, if you go and visit a watermill, You will sometimes be told.

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That this is a Tuesday mill. Well, actually, that is most unlikely.

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Is likely to be a mill build on a Tuesday site. But all the dims they water mills were very small.

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Mays. They served the the farmer. That he brought the the grain. For.

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But by the end of the 15 hundreds. Mills were producing large quantities of grain.

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For bakers. And other industries. And to cope with this the mills were demolished.

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And, totally rebuild. But it additional storage.

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So we 1st of all look at thee the horizontal water wheels.

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And I've actually produced this drawing. To to help students understand it. It's a fairly simple Device.

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It's, derived from the, The Greek idea. And 1st of all the the water is diverted from a stream.

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In a shoot. Which hit these paddles. Which causes the paddle we ought to rotate.

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And that drive goes up. Until we have a pair of millstones. The lower millstones is the bedstone and it's fixed.

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That is the upper stone that rotates.

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Now, about this runners down, we have the hopper. In which the grain or in the case of Scotland often the oats.

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Were stored and fed into the millstones.

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Now in time the the mail, would begin to wear away. And so you had to maintain the distance between the 2 stones.

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And you'll notice that this is done by the fact that This drive here is on a hinged.

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Arrangement. We're a wedge. And so the.

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The farmer could adjust. The distance between the mills downs. By tapen this wedge.

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Now because these mills were quite a simple meal. There was no manner. As you associate with the much larger mill.

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And so the individual farmers who grew the grain or the oats. We don't come along.

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And make use of the mill.

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They would grind their grain or the ropes. And when they finish, they'll clean up.

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And take the the ground.

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Flower away with them.

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The actual mill itself was provided by the local landowner. As a service to the community.

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Now this is one such meal. Which is now preserved. So you can see is quite a small building built with local stone.

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And the roof was thatched.

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And this particular one, it was built in the early 18 hundreds. And finally cease work. In 1880.

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And is since being restored. Inside it's got all its, equipment.

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Now the reason why these mills were often called click mills is after the the sound. Of the machinery, the click click, click, click.

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And so that's the reason why this title. It's given to these mills in Scotland.

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And When I last visited. Edinburgh Museum several years ago. There was a display there of one of these paddles.

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And you can see the the blaze are angled. To allow the water coming down. It's in the wood.

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And calls them the paddle to rotate.

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Well, the more, Well, I'm doing. Water wheels are the vertical.

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Thrive from the Roman. In. And I'm going to show you 3 basic types.

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We've got the under shot. Down here on the lower right.

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Which is the Roman. Invention. Later came the breast shot in the middle here. And finally the overshot water wheel.

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In the top left hand corner.

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Now you may wonder why it is that we've got these 3 Basic types. And you explain that, I, I've drawn up.

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This line here which is This show you the, the section through the landscape. And we start with the overshot water wheel in the top.

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Leptine Corner.

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As we all know that when the the river start It's some normally an underground stream. Not a great deal.

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Of water.

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But it's sufficient water to deport. Into these buckets. And the the water drops.

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Down here to the diameter of the the wheel. And this makes it a very efficient design. 70%.

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When you come down Halfway down there will side.

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Then the. The slope of the hill begins due. Even help.

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But the volume of water increases because by now there are other rivers. Or streams feeding into it.

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So this water wheel The breast shod. Is ideal for high volume water. And to make the benefit of that.

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The the wheel is quite wide. The overshot is quite a narrow wheel. This is a wide wheel.

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But because, It's only 55% efficient. You need this extra volume of water.

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In order to generate your power.

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When you come down to the bottom Right hand corner, the anti-short. This is the least effective.

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Method of.

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Extracting energy from the water. But by now, of course, at the very bottom towards the valley.

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You have enormous volumes of water.

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And so, This compensates. Or the low efficiency.

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So what, You can tell from this, Joel. Is that even though the actual wheels are very different in design.

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They actually produce the same refuse same. Output. I were looking at.

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Bye, 12 4th power.

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So each of these wheels are produced in the same horsepower.

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But they're doing that. By changing the volume of water available. Which compensates for the difference.

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Now to look actually look at what these. Wheels look like in practice. This is, one of the last.

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Water mills to be working in Cornwall.

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And, This is an undershot. So the water at the very bottom here. He's rather like a, it's like a We are on a puddle.

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And notice that this particular one that the the miner Can shut off the water completely. By this long pole.

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We then goes inside the mill. So he can raise or lower. It's loose. As required.

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Now this is a breast shot, water wheel. In which the v hits the wheel at mid height.

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This one's completely made of iron.

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No longer in use, but is being retained as a historical feature.

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And then this is the overshot water wheel. In which you can see the water pours. Into the buckets.

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At the top of the wheel.

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So this is the most efficient. Of the 3 types.

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Okay, that is possible. Onto the wheel. We have a weir. Across the river.

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And then there is a sluice.

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Which can be open and shut. Which diverts the water from the river. In what is called the head race.

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Now sometimes, of course, that the banner doesn't necessarily want to to use the the mail.

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And therefore there's an overflow. Back to the river.

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If he requires Do you use the water then you can shut this off? And the approach to the wheels called the penstock.

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So the water pours over the wheel. And operates the machinery inside the mail.

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And then the waters taken back to the river. In what has called the tail race.

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Now in contrast to the small meals in in opening. And we have the later water mills. Right in England and Wales.

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In which a much larger buildings were necessary.

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Another way of obtaining water to the mill. Is the make use of the tide.

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Now in this view, this is particular one in, Cornwall, you might say, I wonder why all these examples are in Cornwall, well that's where I grew up.

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And. But this is rather nice aerial picture. Of a tide mill.

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The mill is here, almost right in the middle of the photograph.

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And then you can see that, there is an enclosed pond. All the way along here.

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And there are some gates. Which are long since disappeared.

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Gates rather like those on your canal. Hinge gates. And as the The tide comes in.

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It forces its way through these gates.

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And fills up this pond.

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So when this photograph was taken. It's almost at full tide. Because the the water in the pond and in the river outside.

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Are the same.

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Well, as the tide starts to ebb These gates then close automatically.

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Trap in the water. In the pond.

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Now, because, Do you operate the mail you need a differences in water level. You have to wait a few hours.

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For the tide outside in the river to drop.

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By the water level in the pond remains constant. So, at a particular point The minute was then able to open the sluice here.

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And allow the water in the pond. To flow through the water wheel. And out into the river. And that would.

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Operate the machinery.

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Now we only had a few hours that he could do that before the time started to come in again.

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And because we know that the tide berries every day. In order to operate one the tight mills.

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It's involved working unsociable hours.

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Sometimes during the night. If you wanted to make maximum use. Of your time mail. So you can see they weren't particularly popular with the middle.

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Now the next photograph I'm actually stood down here with the arrow is Looking at the mill.

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And this is the mill.

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You can see the opening here to the water wheel.

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This is the. The wall enclosed in the pond.

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Outside that is the river. The gates, so mentioned a long since disappeared. And so now that the locals use the the to more up there.

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Oops. The meal itself is now being converted into a house.

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But you can see that it worked.

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Right up until 1916.

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And the amazing that, it didn't get demolished. Until recent years when the house conversion took place.

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Now, the industrial uses of water wheels. And we could take a long time in in looking at each individual one.

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So what I've done, I've got a selection. 2 to show you.

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Now the 1st one gaining Cornwall in a in what is now a museum. But, it was originally here.

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Before the Museum came along and Bristol it.

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But this particular water wheel and you can see it's an overshot water wheel you can see the water there.

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In the top medal or in out. On the penstock. Into the So this, is actually rotating.

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Now, the purpose of the water wheel was to to pump. Chine clay slurry. Out of the mine.

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Now, pump in. Any sort of liquid. We do water wheel. Is the most difficult thing to Organized.

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And the reason for that is that when the

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The water wheel is left in the slurry. It's enormous weight. Of fluid. And so the the water wheel is really straining.

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To live the fluid.

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Now once it's been lifted and discharged. Into a channel. The pump then goes back down.

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But is not then under load.

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So you've got a water wheel which,

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He's initially straining hard to lift the fluid.

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And then on the next stroke. It's got no load whatsoever.

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Now this is what we call an engineering terms. And the water wheel would rates.

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It would, slowly move around while the flow was being raised. But it would rush around. When the the pumps were going down under no low whatsoever.

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And to overcome that. It's a very ingenious method. Called a balance box.

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And this. Wooden structure here. In the top left hand corner.

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It's the balance box.

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And it's supported by a triangular timber. Which disappears inside the stonework.

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And it's connected at the bottom. By this iron rod.

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You see the road disappear in there into the. Undergrowth.

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Now that, is filled with heavy stone. Or lead any weights that They can get their hands on.

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Is put into the balance box.

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And the cycle of operation. Is that. When the water will

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Is at a point when The the pumps are going down. And therefore not under load.

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It's raised in. The balance box.

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So the water wheel

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Is under stream because he's doing work. In in raising the balance box.

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When the pump is at the bottom and the china clay slurries. There's more of it to to be raised.

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This balance box. Is then on the downward cycle.

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So where is the the water wheel is under strain in lifting the fluid? It is also helped.

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By the fact that there's so enormous weight. He's beginning to drop.

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So what this means is the water wheel is under Strain. At all times. Whether it's lifting fluid.

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All going down empty.

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So this is quite an ingenious. Technical solution. To a problem which, Our ancestors struggled.

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To overcome.

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Now in North Devon I'm now owned by the National Trust. Is the Finch Foundry.

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And we've all seen, and blacksmiths. I'm hammering. Bits and metal.

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Well, this was. Done on industrial scale. Because this particular male provided agricultural tools to in local farmers.

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Soives and and so on. And to shape these particular, bits, a metal, they would be heated up.

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And instead of the The blacksmith have been too physically himself. Hammering the metal. He had the assistance of these.

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Hey weights. And there was a series of cans. Which left these up. And then, allow them to drop down.

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Now all of these cams were operated by water wheels.

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So you can imagine the the blacksmith standing with one here and one here. With his.

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Red Hot Metal. And shape in the sides. Under these. Hammers.

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Now we've seen. Millstones. One above the other. I've talked about that stone in the runner stone.

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But there were some processes which, the stones were put on their edge.

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And, this particular one is, a gum powder mill. In, in Kent.

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And that you can well imagine that it was quite a dangerous operation. And the.

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The gunpowder was made of 75 parts of potassium nitrite. 7 parts, sulphur.

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And 15 pars of charcoal.

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And this was all them.

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Put into this saucer-shape arrangement.

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And as the mills, rotated. And also turned around in this direction.

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It. Produce the these mixtures to a powder. Which.

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When it was complete. Was gunpowder.

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Not surprisingly, there were accidents and explosions and and people lost their lives and they were injuries and so on.

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So not a particularly attractive. Process. No, these edge runners.

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We're actually used in other industries. Indeed, them one near me in place called Tansham.

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Near Bristol. I was huge for what is called a dye wood. Yeah. And it was used to produce them.

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Powders too. Die, cloth.

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What they did, they in ported. And logwood. And Brazil would These were invariably all.

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From overseas. So these dye wood meals were often convenient to. The ports.

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In the case of the wanting King June that the wood came in from overseas to to Bristol. And then there was the Kenned and Avon Canal.

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Where the barges could bring thee the wood. 2, change him.

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Well, before they could, put this wood. Under an edge runner. It had to be chipped away.

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And they were. And machines called a chipper.

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In which they would chip away slithers of timber.

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And it's these letters of timber which would have been placed. In the soul, sir. To be pounded.

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Into a powder.

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And then. But, would. And gave pink. And red dyes.

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The logwood which came from the Westing days in Central America. And gave. With other assorted chemicals red.

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Violet or navy blue.

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So, our ancestors when they, they wore colorful cloven. You wouldn't believe the amount of work.

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That was involved. In D in the clock. And preparing the materials. And it was a water mill that, Provided the energy to do that.

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Maybe the other process, the. And it's also as you see comes from Cornwall.

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Am called the told us Tim Mill? Now, in Cornwall, of course, that, for many years.

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Tin was extracted from, The stonework. And it was a very profitable industry. So much so that,

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A lot of the smaller quantities of tin were literally shown to one side in in a huge pile.

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Because it just wasn't worth the processing. Well, eventually, of course, the the tin began to run out.

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And so suddenly these piles of tin rich or became valuable. And to extract. The 10. They had these.

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Rower Stamps

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In which the waste material was placed underneath. And we have a water wheel which rotates this huge metal drum.

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And you will see that what's called cams here. And these are left. These vertical metal.

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Rolls and then they lay them the drop. So there will be constant pounding. Of the tin rich or in order to extract the tin.

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And from Cornwall, travel all the way up to Scotland. Is it a meal which I visited many years ago?

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It's now restored by, the National Trust of Scotland.

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And you can see the external water wheel.

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While most, water mills do have. The external water wheel some actually position the water wheel inside the building.

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To give it some protection.

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Nice particular meal was used for grinding of oats. Something which is very much associated with Scotland.

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And this particular little building here with the the dome cap.

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Well, inside there, there will be fires lit.

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And the idea was that, to dry the oats. Before they were round.

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If we had, as we, have had in this country. We recently, weeks and weeks of wet weather.

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Then, the grain or the oats. Could be extremely wet when there were harvested.

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And you cannot grind. East materials when there are soak in red. And so that.

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This is on the East Coast of Scotland. You're. And it was necessary to dry the oats before they could be crammed.

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So this is a particularly local feature for Scotland.

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And this is my Last slide, so I will be. And it back to Fiona now.

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Thank you very much, Michael. We'll go straight, to some questions. And now, I have a couple of questions for you which to start off with which is kind of comparing the watermills and the windmills.

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So 1st of all, from 10 What's actually more efficient in terms of horsepower, a windmill or a watermill?

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Well, I would say a water mill. It was far more efficient. PA windmill is limited in the amount of energy it can extract from the wind.

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Where is the water over a shot, water wheel. It's extremely powerful. Indeed.

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Water wheels went on in the industrial evolution. To power in manufacturers. Of all the machinery.

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Until such times as the steam engine overtook them. But the water we always certainly the more efficient.

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Power generated.

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Hey, right there we go. Now another question sort of comparing the 2. And is from David.

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He's saying he believes that it was necessary to have a license for a windmill to operate a windmill.

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In England Did that also apply to watermills?

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No, I don't think so that I haven't come across this. Farms are licenses.

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This is very much a I think I'm a more modern thing with the department and the environment. And and looking at their water resources and and so on.

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And as we know that, So much of our rivers are depleted in the volume of water because, So much is being diverted.

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In to providing them. And water for the domestic population. Drinking water and and and so on showers and whatever

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So that they're very few, of course, working, water, water mills today. That some of them got historical rights.

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But some of them are struggling with them. Depleted water levels.

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Yep. Okay. Alright, moving on. I've got a question from Stuart.

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But when you were talking about the horizontal, er, watermills, Stuart saying presumably the horizontal mill was because the Greeks didn't understand gearing.

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Because the under shot through the breast shot is so much more obvious. I don't know what your thoughts are on that, Michael.

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Well, the

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Well, it, it might be, a bit more obvious that, They're having them too short.

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It didn't, didn't actually occur to the Greeks.

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And And so the horizontal water mill was invented by the Greeks and is indeed It's still in use.

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In places throughout the world.

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I was given a talk. Little time we go on water mills. And one of my students, they've been to Malaysia.

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And he brought along to the class some slides. Showing a working horizontal watermelon.

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And it was. In its simplicity, it meant that. You didn't actually require a lot of money.

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To build a horizontal mill.

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But this particular individual was making a good living from it.

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Where is As I mentioned, water mills in this country, particularly in England.

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Grew in size. And so they became very expensive. To build. And to maintain.

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So the the horizontal water mill had its advantages.

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Okay. Right. What do we have next for you? Yes, you have talked sort of fairly early on in the presentation about local landowners.

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You know, having these mills as a kind of service to the local community. Jill's asking, Would, would it have been more that landlords insisted that the farmers use their mills so that they got the payments and the taxes and all of these kinds of things.

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Well, there was an element of that, yes. And and and certainly in England.

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When we had. A particular . In which, the, the farmers or the individuals in their houses in a domestic situation.

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Where indeed required. To take their green to the local mill. And and to get the miller there to to minute to produce their flower.

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I don't know that, It was quite as straight. Is that in Scotland? But in England, yes, it was almost a compulsion.

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And indeed, There are examples. The Lord the Manors sending his is staff to domestic properties. And finding a small and Millstone's being used.

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And they will become being taken away and broken up. In order to force people. To use thee the Lord of the manners mills.

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But I think it was bit more relaxed in Scotland.

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Okay, interesting. No. This is a question from Jill. This is when you were talking about the tide mills.

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Yes. See.

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I didn't know even existed. And she's asking if these whatever also used for irrigation.

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Not that I'm aware of, no.

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Okay. Now what else do we have? Right, we've got a number of questions which I'm gonna sort of roll kind of sort of into one.

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Around the use of water mills today. So I've got questions from Tim, one from Kathleen and one from Jane.

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Now, So firstly, Tim was asking, are there any commercial water mills in use today? And from Kathleen, could we make more use of watermills for generating power, which is what what Jane was asking as well, the thing that springs to mind to me in certain we've got plenty of them in Scotland as hydroelectric power.

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Yeah. Well, the There are a few working water mills. And not too many, there has been said.

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But when we had locked down. Now you will remember that when you went into the supermarkets that there was no flower on the shelves.

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And this was caused by the fact that there were so many of us stuck at home. And particularly those with children.

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And and suddenly they discover the the wonders of baking. And and and so they all rushed to the supermarket.

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To Dubai their, their flower, bread flour. And and And, and so for the majority of the population, suddenly we were faced with a shortage.

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No, interesting enough that it wasn't actually a shortage of flower. It was a shortage of bags.

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Because they.

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The massive meals. That we have today. Hoover's mills and so on. I'm produced in vast quantities of flour.

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For making braid. And they supply their flour to in industrial bakers. In huge sacks.

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And they meant that they actually produced for supermarkets. For the general population it is quite small. And so they didn't have sufficient bags.

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To Produce the smaller quantities. Now just an example in my time where I live. One of the local shops.

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Frustrated by the The lack of flour that thickers sell. To the customers. And so in the end they bought One of these huge sacks.

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No, And and and then they produce their own small bags.

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And then. Dispensed all this flour in their big sacks. Into the small ones. In order to sell.

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So it was particular. The difficult period. And many water males. On one side large numbers but say 20.

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In this country. Which up to them produce their flower. Almost like a sideline for visitors to their mill.

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Suddenly started to produce flower day and night. So, fortunately, we, we do have. Some work in watermills.

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Producing particularly flour. Or make him braid.

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Nowadays, We know things are settled down there. They've gone back to producing smaller quantities.

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For visitors.

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Okay, interesting and what about the idea of making use of watermills for generating power.

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Oh, very much so. I would think that, of the schemes that I've heard about.

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That anyone who's fortunate enough to actually own a watermill for a number of them.

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I've been converted. Into generating electricity. And that's done by a different system they don't have a water wheel.

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They have a turbine. Which is is below the the mill. Actually in the water. In the river and and It's the flow of the water that provides the rotation.

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That generates electricity. So yes, there are many green schemes. But not huge. You know, there's not enough electricity generated to provide.

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Electricity for a whole town. Certainly. A small number of houses.

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Yes, nice.

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Yeah, I guess that's the principle behind some of the large kind of hydroelectric power stations that we have.

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Well, that's right. That's right. Yes, when you got, a dam.

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And it is those type of sizeable constructions that that produce their electricity on a on a grand scale.

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We've got the benefit of some very high mountains as well that

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Well, that's right, yes, Scotland's got plenty of rain in there.

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Okay, no. We've got a few more questions. I'm going to sort of run on the QA Q&A just for another few minutes.

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Question from Jane she heard that there are water myth watermills on Hadrian's wall is that right?

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I think as true. Yes, yes, and that would have obviously been a Roman water mill. That would be one of the.

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The ones that the old colleges have discovered. Yes.

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Okay. Right, and I, let's have a look here. No, you were talking about some watermills still being used in other parts of the world.

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This is from Margaret. She believes that in Nepal and India watermills are still widely used for producing grain, but they have replaced some of the wooden parts with metal.

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Yeah, yeah, yes, I think in. And almost certainly they will be. Horizontal mills.

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Because in a poor economy. As I mentioned, the horizontal meal is not too expensive to pay wood.

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You've seen the one in Orkney. You know, local stones, the thatched roof.

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Timber inside. You know, it doesn't take too much effort to, and cost to actually produce.

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Okay. And right, we've got a couple more questions and then I think we'll need to wrap up folks.

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A question from Erika. In the industrial revolution. Was one of the 3 types of watermills mentioned more prevalent than the other 2.

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Oh, certainly overshot water wheels. Would have been used during the Industrial Revolution.

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Cause that's the most

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Yes, that's right, the most efficient. Because of course they drove. A lot of machinery.

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You know, you've seen no doubt, pictures of restored. Weaving machines and so on.

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Produce in cloth Well, there was large, there were a large number of these broken together.

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And and they required huge amount of power. And the only way to achieve that was an overshot water wheel.

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And they they built their own reservoirs.

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Indeed. If you've seen that, program that,

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Oh yeah.

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About the selling competition. On television at the moment. And, and, and, and that's actually held in, in a meal.

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And you will see from the the shots of that the reservoir and meet in the outside. Which provided the the power.

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To the water mill. So that. That was quite common in the industrial evolution.

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Hmm. Interesting. I didn't know that because I do actually watch that. So, I'll take a closer look when I watch it next time.

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Right, final question from Jan. This is maybe going slightly off slightly, but, she's saying, would you be able to say anything about the cutlery and steel industry kind of around the Sheffield area which she believes was driven by water power.

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Yeah, I'm asking. I don't know a great deal about the. The Sheffield.

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Steel industry. But certainly there would have been similar to The blacksmith shop that I showed you.

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But much more delicate. Difference between now producing size for farmers and the more delicate work of producing.

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Knives and forks and so on. But the principle would have been the same.

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Okay, well there we go, John. Right. And I think we need to wrap up there. And Michael, that was really interesting stuff.

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And certainly I, I don't know about anyone else. I certainly tended to think of windmills and watermills as being pretty much the same.

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So it's really interesting to hear how the watermills were so so much more versatile and had so many uses than the windmills and it was really nice to see Preston Corn Mill which funnily enough I walked past last year when I was walking part of the John Muir way and didn't really know what it was.

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And now I know. So it was really, really good to see that. So hope everybody enjoyed that and I hope it's whetted your appetite to find out a little bit more than get on Google and read a bit more about it.

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So thanks very much again, Michael.

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Okay, thank you. Nice to see you all.

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Thank you


Lecture 192 - How the Reformation changed art

The 16th century was momentous. It brought a new way of doing art and of seeing human beings and their environment, fresh insights into faith and the upheaval it created, and the end of the middle ages and the birth of modern Europe.

In this talk with WEA tutor David Brindley, we’ll consider how the birth and development of the Reformation, especially the thoughts of Luther and Calvin, impacted on artists at that time.

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Video transcript

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Great, thank you Fiona and good afternoon everyone. Good to be with you again from Embers Lecture.

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And I should go straight into sharing my screen.

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And playing my slideshow.

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So I'm going to be asking the the seems like a straightforward question, actually quite a complicated question of how the Reformation changed art.

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Well just for a beginning for a taster, here's what art looked like before the Reformation.

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This is Van Ike's Ghent altarpiece. Done in around 1430. And it tells the story of creation and the fall of human beings.

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Here's poor old Adam looking shameful. Covered himself with a fig leaf, there's Eve on the other side, God in the center, saints either side of them with angels and the bottom panels are about the end of the world in the book of Revelation and all of creation gathering together around the cross.

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Oh, does this? This is Botticelli's Annunciation. The enunciation was one of the favourite themes of the Renaissance because it was about a new birth and a fresh beginning.

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But just look at this, fast forward 50 years or so. And went to Bruegel. And this is Bruegel peasants dancing.

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All these people celebrating different sorts of dances, not a religious symbol in sight. Or a little bit later and here Rembrandt.

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And Rembrandt was a specialist, not just in portraits, but also in portraits of, the grandees of Amsterdam at the time.

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And he was commissioned by many of them. So we've shifted really quite quickly from art like that.

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With a very religious theme. I'm showing some of the central tenets of the Christian faith. To art which really has no religious input obviously at all into it.

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How do we get there? Well, I'm going to give you a very rough rundown of the beginnings of the Reformation.

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And what it meant and then look in some detail. And how it affected art. So, the background, the Reformation, we all think we know about the Reformation.

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We all think it's about Henry VIII and his 6 wives, but actually they're the sideshow in the Continental Reformation.

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There's a lot of oversimplification to background. Late medieval Europe was complex and diverse.

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The Pope, the Pope's involvement in political intrigues had been running back for centuries and the been increasing tensions between the papacy and secular politics.

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The monument of martyrdom of Thomas Beckett in 1170 is a really good example of that.

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That tension was more than anything else about the tension between the King and the Pope. Then there was the increasing pardon wealth of the church in the late Middle Ages and that was certainly building up a lot of resentments.

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One of the things the church was doing to collect money was the sale of indulgences. The idea that you could buy your way into heaven.

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By contributing to the church or you could buy your grandmother's way into heaven by contributing to the church.

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But having said all of that and there are lots of excesses and and and bad uses, having said all that the majority of people are still loyal to Catholic Church.

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They still gain spiritual comfort and guidance from it and there's a big danger of exaggerating the excesses.

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Also in the background all this is the Black Death. There was huge turmoil in the 14th century because of the Black Death and the social economic of changes that brought about.

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And then printing was in historians often say that without printing, there would have been no reformation.

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Because what printing did was to allow the dissemination of information very quickly. Rather than hear one person talk you could print 500 or a thousand little booklets or leaflets and send them around Europe particularly to the universities.

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And the development of the universities in major European cities was one of the driving forces behind the Reformation.

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But the Reformation doesn't start with Luther, as most people think it does. It goes way back before then.

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And there were stirrings of reformation for 3 or maybe 4 centuries. One of those stirrings in this country was John Wycliffe.

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There is dates. Wickcliffe blamed the clergy for the black death which was a bit unfair.

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But he did say and this is a precursor to the Reformation that Scripture is the only reliable guide.

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To truth. You can't trust the Pope. You can't trust the clergy.

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You can't trust anyone except scripture. And on the basis of that John Wycliffe rejected Purgatory.

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A purgatory was the idea that when you die, you don't go straight to heaven or hell.

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What you do is lurk around somewhere. Or maybe thousands of years, while you're punished for your sins.

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And at the end of that punishment you become clean and pure so you can go up to heaven. Wecliff rejected this idea.

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Not a biblical idea, he said. It was just a way really of getting money out of the masses.

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Because you could buy time out of purgatory. And also Wycliffe illegally. Took part in the translation of the Bible into English.

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Until then the Bible's only in Latin. Therefore most people didn't understand it. And the authorities at the time, including the king, took the view that allowing ordinary people to read the Bible was dangerous.

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They might make up their own mind about things. And then on the continent, there's Jan Hus in Prague.

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Jan Hus was also a reformer. He was critical of indulgences as well, and he proposed the reform of the papacy.

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And was burned at the stake in July, 1415. You can see this, this is a sort of head of steam building up all across the continent which is criticizing Catholicism.

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Which is, arguing for reform.

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And this is when it really took off. This is Martin Luther. An Augustinian monk there are his dates And in October 1517 He went to the door of his local church, Bittenburg, and he nailed to the door.

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What are known as 95 theses. Now this wasn't a strange thing to do. It was quite normal in university towns.

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If you wanted to have a debate about something or start a book club or a discussion about something, you took a notice and you stuck it to the church door or the door of the college.

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And Luther nailed these 95 theses allegedly we're not absolutely sure this was a historical election to the door.

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And they were critical. They were suggestions for debate, however. They weren't meant to be revolutionary.

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But some of the questions he asked do look in historical terms like revolutionary points. Why does not the Pope, for example, he said, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest crasses, build the Basilicrous and Peter with his own money.

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Rather than with the money of poor believers. So one of his objections was the way in which the church was taking money from poor people.

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And Luther's main issues were these. First, st the sale of indulgences. The idea that you buy your way to heaven.

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Secondly, and now we're getting more theological, secondly, he argued that the way you are saved The way you go to heaven is not by good works by doing good things, but rather by God's free gift by grace.

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And that really is right at the centre of Protestant theology. He objected obviously the wealth of the Catholic Church.

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But the 4th point Is that something's often forgotten. That the Reformation is just as much about political independence from Rome in its early years as it is about theology.

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And Luther in his German state and the German states were flexing their muscles against Rome. England was certainly flexing its muscles against Rome and for all his trouble Luther is excommunicated in 1520.

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So now to the art, what does the odd look like? Well, Luke is Cranach.

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Was a friend of of Martin Luther living in Wittenberg at the same time and he began to interpret Luther's theology in art.

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Pre-reformation, 15 0 3, this is what Cranach is doing. He's doing fairly traditional religious paintings.

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Here's a crucifixion painting. With 2 women at the foot of the cross or Mary and John at the foot of the cross.

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Slightly strange layout in that we see Jesus and the 2 thieves crucified with him, not on a single plane as they usually are, but at right angles to each other.

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But nevertheless a fairly traditional piece. As is this a fairly traditional mother and child. Looking at each other, set in a in a background which is unusual for these and here's the child with a bunch of grapes.

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Symbolising the symbolising the mass, the Euchre, the communion service. So far so good and so far so traditional.

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But here, Cranach is attempting to interpret Luther's theology. And we moved on quite a lot.

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Let me look at these 2 panels separately.

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The left hand panel, it tells the story of the human fall. He is the mythology of ana and Eve taken from the book of Genesis.

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I don't and Eve with the snake there curling around the tree with forbidden fruit on it from which Adam and Eve are about to eat and therefore disobey God.

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The effect of that is the poor old Adam here he is, is chased by demons who are prodding him.

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He's racked with guilt. He can't help but sin. And even though he studies the law, this is the law on the tablets of stone, and is advised by all these wise men.

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It doesn't do him any good. He still has this uncertainty in guilt. All he can do, says Luther's theology interpreted by interpreted by Cranach, is to look at the cross.

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Here is John the Baptist, pointing poor old Adam. Every man, every woman, you and I, towards the cross and towards the resurrection.

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And here's Jesus risen from the dead having slain the demon having slain the the the dragon the snake that was the original tempter.

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Now, not only does Cranach paint that. But he realizes, as do many artists at the time, you can go into print.

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I mean you go into print. Instead of one image. There's the one. You can do hundreds of images.

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So this image, precisely the same as what we've just seen. This image of Luther's theology is being sent all around Germany.

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And then all around the rest of Europe. And was transmitting Luther's theology almost instantaneously across Europe.

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In effect, it was the Internet of the Day. Information could travel very, very quickly compared with what it used to be, which was a monk or a scribe slowly writing a manuscript.

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The other thing chronic did a lot of was illustration of Luther's new Bible. Luther translated the Bible into German.

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And we see here one of the illustrations from the book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament.

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The Reformation speeded up with John Calvin. Luther really was was aiming for a fairly gentle reformation.

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Calvin was much tougher. Calvin Firstly was anti-art. He was anti-art and anti-music because they distract you if they're there in church, they distract you from the Word of God.

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Calvin said that the metaphors for human existence were an abyss. In which human beings have lost their way.

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A labyrinth from which we cannot escape. As you can see is not an awfully cheerful sort of chap.

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And the effect of all of this was that he insisted on stripping churches. There was no visual art.

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There's no music other than the singing of Psalms, though no stained glass windows clergy were not to wear colorful vestments.

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Because all of those things would distract you. They would detract from the Word of God which you were meant to listen to and respond to.

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That by Calvin had a huge impact throughout Europe.

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Let's see how it was affected in this country. I've put up the interesting historical question, was Henry a Protestant?

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And and and and historians will argue lots and lots about that and in many ways he wasn't.

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In many ways he retained his Catholic faith. But on the other hand he rejected papal authority.

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The 2 are not the same. And eventually, particularly under Elizabeth the First, st England opted for a middle way.

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A church which was part Catholic and part Protestant. But that's that's another lecture.

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We're not going into that now. But the English background the Reformation is something like this. The tensions with Rome had been going on for centuries.

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All way back to Beckett and his martyrdom, 1170. Part of the background was the Wars of Roses.

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Henry needed to secure a succession. He had to have a male heir. And he'd go to any links to get a mail heir.

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On the continent the Reformation was gathering pace. Remember, 1517 Luther. By the time we pop across to England, we're talking about the 15 thirtys, so it's already been happening for 1015 years on the continent.

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And was spreading here through the universities. People in Oxford were convinced that the Reformation was necessary, perhaps by about 1522.

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And reformers seeking refuge particularly from Germany in Holland were coming across the channel. I'm seeking refuge here.

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The other thing of course is that Henry was broke. He got no money. No money partly because of the Wars of the Roses had continued for so long and also because England and France kept having wars with each other and Henry was involved in the huge expansion of royal palaces.

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And that's how we think Henry looks. And we think Henry looks like that because of because of this guy, because of Holbein.

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And what Holbein did was paint the Tudor Court. And we think the Tudor Court looks like Holbein tells us.

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We know the story. Catherine of Aragon, here she is. Mary was her only surviving child.

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And the Pope refused an annulment. Which Henry craved because she couldn't produce a boy.

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The result of that was in 1534 he repudiates papal authority. It is all the monasteries.

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1536 over over 600 communities. And yes, like the medieval Catholic Church, they were genuine abuses.

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They were Fat Abbots who lived on the rich of land. But it's a big but.

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Monasteries were the own distributors of medicine and social care. Where did you go if you were ill?

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Where did you go for your poor? Was the local monastery. Also the monasteries have brought about many advances in land management and agricultural techniques.

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We can see that in the post-disolution, the economic health of the country. Decline very quickly.

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And medicine and social care declined. But here's Holbein. It's through Holbein's lens that we see the Tudor Court.

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To Holbein's lens that we think we know what the Tudors look like.

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But like Cranach? Pre ration, Albine is doing. Fairly average religious paintings.

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Here's a last supper. Laid out as a meal. The apostles all the way around Jesus in the center about to break the bread and bless it.

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Of his Judas, Judas is always in yellow for some reason, looking mean and not really part of the group.

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But when the Reformation happens The church is commissioning less and less art. In areas affected by Calvin particularly, the church is commissioning no art.

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Of art is being thrown out of churches. Stained glass windows are being broken, paintings are being burnt.

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So what is an artist to do? Well, a lot of artists like Holbein Turn to portraits.

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Holbein does it in a spectacularly successful way. Here is, here is Thomas More.

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And we could put up dozens of images of the Tudor court painted by Holbein.

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Almost photographically accurate. And whenever we think of the Tudors, where everything of Thomas More and the others, that's what we see in our mind's eye.

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That's what we imagine.

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Here are some more of these time portraits of women. Portrait of Jane Seymour here.

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A couple of women from the court. He manages to capture the character of these people. I he does that really because well he's got to earn a crust somehow.

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And if he's not earning across by painting religious scenes What else can he do? And he's taken under the wing of the Tudor Court and produces these wonderful images.

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This is perhaps his most famous painting. It's the ambassadors it in the National Gallery in London.

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And it carries a very strong symbolic message. These 2 guys are clearly renaissance men.

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And the table is showing the extent of their interests and their abilities. So what do we see on the table?

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What we see a globe. These are men of travel, they know about the world, the world is being explored, it's opening up for the 1st time ever.

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They know about astronomy and time through these instruments. They know about music, they're musicians.

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They have books of mathematics and music they can read.

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That's strange image. Which will come to in a moment. Bye. Might just be a reminder that much of what you see here and they're fine lifestyles are transitory.

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So, here's the globe as they then knew it. These guys travel, they understand the world.

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And that's the image that we see there. It's a strange trick of vision because if you go to the real thing in the National Gallery and look down here somewhere from the bottom right we see a skull.

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It's a Momentimore. It's a reminder that you will die that you will not live forever.

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And in the curtain. There, see, top left. You can just make out. There's half a crucifix.

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What's that about?

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And here is a book of music. And the book of music contains a hymn. And it's a hymn written by Martin Luther.

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Martin Luther the Reformer was a great composer and writer of hymns. Oh and there's an arithmetic book as well.

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So these guys know about mathematics. And there's a loot. If you look closely it doesn't really show in this, this reproduction, the loot has a broken string.

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So what does that all add up to? Well, this painting has had probably more written about it than almost any other painting in history.

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And this is the conclusion. That, art historians come to. There's a crucifix half obscured by the green curtain, symbolizing the division of the church.

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The broken string on the lute. Evokes ecclesiastical disharmony during Reformation.

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The open book of music next to the loot has been identified as a Lutheran hymnal.

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Said Protestant. The book of mathematics is open on a page of division. Which opens with the word . So the theory at least is That whole bind very cleverly.

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He's saying something about the division. Which is caused by the Reformation and is going to be ongoing in England at least.

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Brutally for the rest of the century.

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But how about the ordinary person? How much did they know about all this? Do they carry on the same?

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Or is their worldview absolutely changed? And historians will debate about this. What did the ordinary guy in the pew in say 1450 think about his faith, compared with the ordinary guy a woman in the pew in, compared with the ordinary guy or woman in the pew in, say, 1,600.

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Well, we have one or 2 clues. The Mary Rose sank in 1,455 in the Solent just off Portsmouth where I used to live.

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And on the merry rows there were over 400 rosaries found. Of course the rosary.

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Was the Catholic way of praying. And it suggests that all the ordinary people on the Mary Rose were still saying their prayers in the Catholic way.

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Even though we're about 10 years from Henry's break with Rome. And rosaries weren't, by the way, the most common item on the Mary Rose.

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There was one more common item on the road, May Rose than roses. I mean, somewhat wants to pop that in chat to be interested to see what people think the most common item on the many rows was.

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Here she is being brought up from the scene. 1982 we all saw that and here she is being preserved in Portsmouth dockyard.

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And there's, a memorial to a member of the ship's company of the many rows in Portsmouth Cathedral when, an anonymous sailor was buried there soon after she was raised.

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And there's a rosary from the Mary Rose in beautiful perfect condition. It does show doesn't it how the art and artifacts of a period can ask us lots of religious questions, lots of historical questions, and give us at least partial answers, even not complete answers.

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So that's what was happening in England because of the Reformation. Holbein was doing portraits.

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He was earning a decent living from it. He was showing us what people looked like and he was shaping our view of that Tudor court.

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How about on the continent? We forget the Netherlandish countries. What are the leading artists of the time is Peter Briggel.

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This is thought to be a self-portrait of Bruegel, looking a bit like a scarecrow.

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And this is what he was painting. He wasn't painting overtly religious commissions. Again, the churches, particularly in the Netherlands, have been influenced by Calvin and we're just not buying art.

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But he does paint some interesting proverbs. This is the blind leading the blind. It's, it's a parable from St Matthew's Gospel Chapter 6 when Jesus says if the blide lead the blind then they all fall into the ditch together.

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And broigl has given us an almost comic picture. It's sad as well.

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There's pathos in this of all these people falling into a heap in the ditch. Because all these blind men are being led by a blind man.

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Bruegel also paints a number of mythological subjects. Here is landscape with the fall of Icarus.

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We know the story of Icarus, he's so proud that he makes a wings for himself as feathers and wax flies up to the sun.

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Flies so close that it melts the wax, he falls out of the sky. But where is he?

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We see someone doing some ploughing, someone looking after the sheep, a ship and so on.

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There's Icarus. He's fallen upside down into the sea. Always the main subject of this painting We really have to work quite hard to find him.

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It's almost as if Bruegel is saying, these ordinary people carry on with their work.

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You might have all these exciting mythological or religious things happening around you, but you just don't notice it really.

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And he also paints a lot of Netherlandish proverbs from the time. We don't know what some of them mean.

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And this is titled The Peasant and the Nest Robber. And this guy here is clearly robbing a bird's nest.

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But he's falling out of the tree, he's overbalanced, his hat's falling off, he's fully.

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This, this peasant is pointing to him. And it's clearly telling us something. If you are foolish enough to go robbing birds nests, just look at the consequences of what happens.

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And Bruegel paints a series of the landscape at different times of the year. In doing this, in many ways he's copying what some of the miniatureists were doing a century or so earlier.

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Some of the books of hours that were being done, particularly in France, painted scenes of everyday life and they cycle of the seasons.

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And Broadly is doing that but on a big scale. It's thought that there were 12 of these, probably only 6 of them still exist.

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But here's the harvest. And Braggly showing us that instead of just being interested in saints.

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In Jesus and Mary in the myths of the past. It's worth painting ordinary people. Worth painting these peasants doing their work.

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Resting after a day harvesting and having a few beers. And Broadly bringing into the centre of art.

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Not just the aristocracy. As Holbein was. But the ordinary workers. And at the same time is developing for the 1st time perhaps in art and interest in landscape.

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Landscape is very much a post-reformation art form.

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And this is the beginnings really of some of those winter landscapes that we find in the Dutch painters of the 17th century.

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All those painters of skaters. Of people snowballing, of Dutch villages under the snow.

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They all really begin here with Bruegel. And what Brokeley is having to do all the time is to find a different way of doing art.

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And here at about the same time. And there are some theories by some people this work is done by Brueghel.

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Is the master of the small landscapes. We don't know who he was, he's anonymous.

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It's a book of 44 prints. Published around 1560. The preface says altogether drawn from life and primarily around Antwerp.

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And these are close up. I high high level renderings of identifiable places. They're very much linked to later Dutch painting, 17th century painting and and perhaps were the beginning of that tradition.

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Just look at a couple of them. Just astonishing detail. Astonishing sketch work. Made possible of course by printing.

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Because these are printed. But also for the 1st time ever perhaps showing an interest and a curiosity about the dwellings and the occupation.

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And the living places of ordinary people. No saints, no religious imagery. Although perhaps there is something of the holiness about place that becomes interesting and important aspect of landscape painting.

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Is another one. Most of these, by the way, have very few people in them, just a fisherman here.

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I'm here one or 2 people and these people are really quite small and significant when compared with the trees and the houses and so on as they go about their business.

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But an astonishing eye for detail here and saying for the 1st time really it's worth recording where these people lived.

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Where they were sorts of buildings they inhabited.

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But then of course the Catholic Church fought back. And the death of religious art. At the time of the Reformation.

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Provoked what is sometimes termed the counter reformation. Fight back. And that happened in lots of different ways.

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In in Paris in the 15 thirtys There were riots in the streets. And the riots were about the meaning of the mass.

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The communion service, the, the, the, Eucharist. And people were rioting because they didn't want them mass.

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To be reformed. They wanted what they'd originally had and reformers were trying to convince them it needed to change.

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They called Hocus Pocus riots. Because at the moment the priest consecrates the bread and the wine at the mouse.

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He says, hawk s corpus mayhem in Latin. Okus corpus mayam, this is my body.

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And if you say quickly enough lots of times, Hawking's corpus may, okay, it comes out as hocus pocus.

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That's what they were called. The bishops all got together. 15 sixties in Trento in northern Italy.

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And condemned the Reformation. And then there's the influence of Teresa and the Jesuits.

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Because they were shifting the Catholic Church. Into another sort of Reformation. They were trying to bring back.

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Feeling into the Christian faith. They're trying to bring back the response of the emotions. Rather than just of the intellect because they saw the Reformation with its emphasis on the Bible and on the Word of God and on preaching.

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They saw it as an overintellectual movement.

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Here's Benini. This is a sculpture in the Jesuit church in Rome. Done in about, when you see these dates there.

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I'm called the ecstasy of St. Theresa. Take Theresa as a Spanish nun.

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Who wrote about her own deep religious emotional experiences. And in one of her meditations describes how an angel was sent by God and with his arrow pierced her to such an extent that she went into ecstatic vision.

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Now clearly there's a lot of sexual imagery going on here. But also it's saying This is the effect of Christianity.

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It's not just going to church with a black Bible under your arm. There's really motion involved here, real transformation involved here.

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And that leads to what we know as Baroque art. Something which is brimming with intense emotion.

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Has a real sense of movement. And has a close link to the Counter Reformation because the bishops of the church as we approach 1,600 are more and more encouraging artists who they approach 1,600 are more and more encouraging artists who they are commissioning to paint in a way that moves the masses to devotion, more and more encouraging artists who they are commissioning to paint in a way that moves the masses to

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devotion. And here's the big daddy of them all. Caravaggio.

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This is his supper, Imeas from 16 0 1.

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Now this has changed in enormously. From how artists were painting before the Reformation. Remember back to that Van Eye Goldterpiece and that enunciation by Botticelli.

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This is the suppatimaeus. You remember the story that Jesus after his resurrection is walking along the road with 2 of his disciples who don't recognize him.

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He tells them the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. They invite him in for supper and at the moment that he blesses the meal and breaks the bread, they recognize him.

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And this is the moment of recognition. This man is about to spring up as he recognises his Jesus.

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This man holds his arms apart in wonder. The servant looks on bemused. I just love the the worn-out.

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Elbow in this jumper that he's wearing.

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Cannobaggio is drawing us into the painting. There's a 4th side to this table.

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And I am invited to sit on this side of the table. I'm invited to join this meal.

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I'm invited to see what's happening when Jesus reveals himself. I can almost as I like to say when I'm looking at Calavaggio sometimes I can almost smell the garlic on their breaths in this painting.

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I can't stand back from this and remain unaffected by it.

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And here's another Caravaggio and I saw this only a few weeks ago in Malta.

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I haven't seen it before. I mean, I've seen reproductions but not the real thing on holiday in Malta.

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This is in Malta Cathedral. It is huge, it's about 18 feet across. It's the beheading of John the Baptist.

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Caravaggio is trying to involve us in this. Religion isn't something you stand back from and observe from a distance.

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It's something you have to take sides about. It's something got to be involved in.

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And here's Caribaggio's painting of, David. Having defeated Goliath beheading Goliath.

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And as we might know, that is actually a self portrait of Caravaggio. Is that an aive painting or is it not?

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And in the north where they still weren't being commissioned much to paint religious paintings. The artists were doing something slightly different.

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They were painting scenes of everyday life, landscapes, civic life, and of course the great masters are Rubens and Rembrandt and Vermeer.

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I'm here Rembrandt painted his own portrait well well over 30 times that we're aware of.

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But he also painted the civic life of Amsterdam. Here is the night watch. Those who looked after the city after dog.

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Each of these a portrait. This is the syndic of the cloth makers guild.

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When Rembrandt was at the height of his fame, although he went bankrupt a couple of times, his popularity went up and down.

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We're at the height all of the guilds in the city wanted their portraits done.

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So they clubbed together, they buy the portrait, they would, exhibit this in the guild headquarters and Rembrandt was making quite a good living at this.

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In a sense doing what Holbein had been doing a century and a bit earlier in England. But he does some really does paintings.

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But see how they change, see how different they are. Their religious paintings which include ordinary people. Here is Matthew.

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Writing his gospel. And at his ear an angel is dictating to him. No haloes.

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No holy bits in the painting. It could be any man writing a book with someone whispering in his ear.

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And here's the prodigal son. In a tavern, living it up.

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Having a great time. Again, this could be a painting not necessarily with religious theme at all. It could just be a painting of a tavern somewhere in Amsterdam.

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Somewhere around 1650. So the way of depicting religious scenes has undergone a huge transformation between about 1,000. 501,600.

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This is my favorite Remand. This is the return of the prodigal son. It's in some Petersburg in the air.

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And unfortunately, so fragile it will never move. But here is the father. Welcoming back the sun.

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Returned having spent half the fortune wasted on women wine and song and comes back to beg his father's forgiveness.

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And then. To shift it all on another stage really. Is Johannes Blemia who has become astonishingly fashionable in odd circles in the last couple of decades.

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A very few paintings survive, maybe 34. And he paints intense domesticity. Simon Sharma says this, almost all his paintings are apparently setting 2 small rooms in his house in Delft.

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They show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people. Mostly women.

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So art. In a sense, when we come to Vermeer, a shrunk. We began this lecture in looking at that huge altarpiece by Van Eyck.

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The beginning of time to the end the creation and fall of Adam to the coming together of all creation around the altar at the end of the book of Revelation.

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He's encapsulating the whole of religious history, the whole of the Bible, in that one huge altarpiece.

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By the time we get here to the second half of the 17th century. We've sort of contracted things.

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Yes, Dutch artists are doing those big landscapes, but actually most of them are quite small pictures.

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There may be 1824 inches across. They're containing the landscape within those. And, is going even on a smaller scale than that because he concentrates on the people he knows.

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Those around him. This is made in the dairy, I'm making a milk pudding or whatever she's doing.

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Or here the famous girl with the pearl earring. Concentrate as pretty specifically on this person as an individual human being.

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And here, well, is this Vermeer himself? Here is the artist. Painting a girl holding a trumpet or trumpet without valves and so on.

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Interestingly on the wall is a map of the world. Because Amsterdam at that time was probably the center of trading between Europe and America.

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So we've come for circle as it were. We've begun with those religious paintings. Of the 14, th 15th centuries.

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We've shifted through the great upheaval brought about by Luther and Calvin and we've looked at the ways in which that affected art.

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How, once church is certainly in northern Europe, we're no longer commissioning major art pieces. From that time on, artists had to find something else to do.

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Holbein found portraits. Bruegel found peasants. Lot of Dutch artists found landscapes.

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Vermeer, he concentrated and he brought art very much into the domestic setting.

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So Fiona. I shall stop.

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Thanks very much David. We will go straight to some questions. And I don't know if you were having a little look at the chat to see people suggestions for the most commonly found.

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No, no, I, I wasn't unfortunate. I can't, multitask.

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Yeah, okay.

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Shall we, shall we quickly do that 1st then? So I'll just read out a few of the suggestions.

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Hey, yeah.

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And then you can clarify it for everybody. 1st one, top for a run?

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Yep. Wasn't it? There were there were there were Over 550 nitcombs on the very rows.

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There we go.

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There were more, there were more nitcomes than there were sailors. Just gives you a wonderful insight into Tudor life.

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Doesn't it? Yeah.

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It does. It does. Okay, now let me find the questions again for you. We do have some.

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No, weird idea. Got lots of comments and chat here. Right, here we are. Find them.

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Most of the questions I've got so far are about. And from, existing.

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Obviously talking about we saw some of those sort of Dutch winter scenes.

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Was it very cold at that point in the 17th century? To sort of prompt those kinds of scenes.

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Yeah, I suspect, well, 2 things prompt them. One thing is that Holland was expanding.

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And as you might know, a lot of, lot of Dutch territories reclaimed from the sea.

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And between about 1,51650. The amount of land in Holland expanded by 50 or 60%.

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Others might know more about this than I do. Partly because of draining land. And what was at the center of that was windmills.

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So the windmill became the symbol of Holland. But in terms of winters, I believe that there was and what is sometimes called a little ice age.

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And that was, particularly present in northern Europe. Therefore Holland was experiencing colder winters between so like 1515, 1650, which is when we get those paintings.

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Was experienced a little later in this country when of course we had those famous frozen fairs on the Thames.

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So, we have been through some cold periods and I think Bruegel and others were showing that in their paintings, yes.

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Okay, there we go, Christine. Right, there was another question about, Barogel.

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Let me try and find it again. Gillian is asking who is Briggle selling to?

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Wealthy merchants question mark.

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Yeah, mostly wealthy merchants. We're not sure is the answer to that. What we do know is that Amsterdam was, a major art market.

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And so was Antwerp. And so was Bruce. And we know that about by about 1,600, little bit after Boyle, by about 1,600 if you went round the Amsterdam and the Antwerp markets on a Saturday.

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There were lots of art stalls and you could buy paintings. That's part of the reason why a lot of those, those later landscapes are not really big.

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They're 24 inches across. They're domestic. So a lot of painting at the time was aimed at the domestic market because the church market didn't exist in northern Europe.

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But yeah, wealthy merchants were certainly the answer to who was buying Brigal. And, and, and, and interestingly, as Amsterdam became richer because of its trading, particularly of tobacco and sugar and so on.

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So the merchants were buying more and more art. And having art was away firstly saying how rich you were.

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And also showing how cultured you were. So you'd invite your neighbors for dinner. And you might have a broggle on the wall.

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And they're impressed because you're wealthy and you're cultured. And, and with, with art always through history, who's buying this stuff and why is a really interesting way to follow the art?

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Hey, there we go, Gillian. Right, we've got it's not so much of a question.

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It's more of a comment, but I'm sure you'll have some thoughts on this.

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It's from Madeline and she's talking about a wonderful Bruegel export in Brussels a number of years ago.

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With multiple copies of the same subjects including the winter village with the frozen river, and it shorts how, The, make multiple copies of the same picture using a kind of stencil.

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And put something like charcoal powder was sprinkled to give the outlines of the main parts of the picture.

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Yep. Yep.

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And so the staff could paint the boring bits and the boss could do the important bits. I don't know if you can sort of talk about that.

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Yeah, a lot of that was done by Bruegel's son. Oigel the younger.

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So peederborg, the elder was the creative guy really. And when he died, his son was, I think, say like 5 or 6, not really old at all.

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But broicolic got a workshop. And a lot of the workshop was copying his paintings.

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Now when his son took over He started a huge industry. Copying his father's paintings. And the way they did that and this had been, you know, way back this was done by Rafael and so on.

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Is that you do it on paper. So, Peter Boyd will be younger, would copy his father's paintings on paper.

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They put lots of little print pricks in it. Put it on a canvas and blow powder through the holes.

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Something like talcum powder really some sort of some sort of you know often brown down wide chalk dust.

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And then assistants and apprentices could paint around the outlines and fill it in. So you get multiple copies of some of those.

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Usually the copy is done by his son and his workshop.

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Okay, there we go, Madeline. Right, okay, I've got another couple of questions.

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Let me just scroll down and find them. This is from Elizabeth. She's asking, did manadism affect reformation art?

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It's a difficult question, isn't it, all the other way round? I mean, mannerism was a form of art which was sort of leading up to leading up to the Baroque.

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In which the figures are much more sort of contorted. Often elongated. Variety of subjects in it.

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But I, I mean, I think, I think a lot of art historians would regard mannerism as an early form of Baroque.

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And certainly the manorists who were painting with religious subjects in them and the work were quite a lot, were were much influenced by the counterreformation I think.

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It's not a very good answer, but I don't know enough about it. So.

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I'm, I, I might look up some of that, in the, in the text to you tomorrow.

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Sure. Okay, right. I have another question here from Stuart. And I think you may have touched on this a little bit in what you were saying earlier.

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He's asking, did interest in art expand to be more popular with its conveyance be a printing, an expansion to the middle classes perhaps.

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Was there any art for the ordinary folks?

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Yes, is the answer the 1st bit. I mean, by about 1,500. A number of artists getting interest in printing.

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The most obvious one was Dura. I'll break Dura was by 1,500 or so selling lots of prints of his work.

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And of course this has a huge advantage. Because I can sell you one painting. I can sell to 500 people if I print it.

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So, so print is becoming an art medium in its own right by about 1,500. And obviously it's a medium that has its own challenges and its own advantages.

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So, yes, that was that was certainly happening. And, and, and it was certainly a method of disseminating information.

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Very quickly. And ideas very quickly. So printing becomes a central piece of art, a central, central medium for art.

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And of course it's cheap. So ordinary people can buy it. And along with the sorts of small landscapes that Dutch artists are doing a century later.

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It means that art can become the possession of because they the ordinary merchant wouldn't, wouldn't be the ordinary peasants.

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But those there's an interesting piece of travel writing by an Englishman who went to Holland in a ballet in about 1650.

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Who said every merchant has got a painting on his wall. Now this was obviously a surprise to this traveler.

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But yeah, they could they could buy paintings they weren't they weren't expensive so so art becomes something that everyone can see But until then, of course, until the Reformation, the only art you could see was in church.

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Unless you were a Medici, you know, commissioned your own, the only art you could really, if you're a peasant, could look at was in your local church.

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And once that declined in Northern Europe. So ordinary people started wanting to buy some art. Hey, it wasn't until major art galleries started to open.

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That the ordinary person could see what we might call great art. This year is the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery opening.

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Opened at 1824. Until then. And yet the ordinary person would only say art. If in church, if there was any left in churches in this country, which there wasn't much then, or if he or she happened to be a servant in the great house but oh you wouldn't see any So in the galleries open art becomes a whole new story when when when places like Nash Gallery open

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Okay, right. I am going to ask a quick question if that's all right, just to finish this off.

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Of course.

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And kind of all of all the sort of reformation art that we've looked at. Do you have a personal favorite?

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Oh, Brogel, got to be, Broadle such fun.

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Okay, right everybody. Thanks very much for that David. Really interesting.

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Some amazing paintings and images. And certainly, you know, the Reformation had such a big impact.

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Across life in general and we can absolutely see how this was reflected in the art of the time can't we?

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And so thank you very much for taking us all through it.

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Bye, I'm just looking at all the suggestions of what they most common item on the Mary Rose what's fascinating isn't it?

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Thank you.

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Yeah, yeah, I'll send those to you tomorrow as well, David. Okay, so I hope everyone out there.

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Hope you enjoyed that. And obviously look out for your email tomorrow, which will have some details of some WAA art courses coming up, and that you might be interested in if you enjoyed the session today.

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So once again, and thank you very much, David.


Lecture 191 - 'Satire and Syllabub': a look at Georgian food in the age of caricature

What Jane Austen called ‘The Mean and Indelicate Employment of Eating and Drinking’ was a favourite subject for cartoonists like Hogarth, Gillray and Cruikshank, whether they were mocking the excesses of the Prince Regent, the British devotion to roast beef, or Napoleon and William Pitt digging their cutlery into a plum-pudding. It was an age of revolution in cookery as well as in politics and industry, and a time when extremes of gluttony and starvation were at their height.

Join WEA tutor Judith Hedley for a chance to enjoy the appearance and use of food and eating in the wonderful caricatures of the day, together with the way writers described meals and cookery in novels, poems and songs.

Download useful links for further reading and forthcoming courses by the speaker here

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Thank you Fiona. If I can just share my screen.

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There we go. Hope everyone can see this. So good afternoon everyone. I've called this lecture satire and syllabub.

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There are many things I could have called it and I've chosen for this page a Gillery cartoon of a couple of military men, one of them as you can see on the left is just a boy enjoying sweet treats as a famous confectioner, something very fashionable in 1,797.

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And the one on the right is eating syllabub, which is the main reason I put that particular cartoon on my title page.

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Well come back to Silverb and many other foods later but meanwhile the subtitle of the lecture, Food History in the Age of Caricature, begs the question, when was the age of caricature?

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Well, neatly, it more or less coincides with what historians call the long regency, the actual regency of course was only 9 years long and here is George the principal ails by Sir Thomas Lawrence there on the right very much as he would like to see himself was since he, Gilroy and others chose to depict him, which is nothing like so noble or indeed so slim.

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So what are the dominant images of this period? Well, we can begin grimly with the guillotine in the French Revolution.

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We can move on to the period of the Napoleonic Wars that followed with Napoleon on the right and Wellington on the left, his nemesis at Waterloo, or we can picture one of several other revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, for example, which in itself had a huge effect on what people ate as they moved from the countryside to the rapidly expanding cities such as

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Manchester. Okay. Or we can picture a different kind of revolution, the literary revolution of the romantic movement.

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Or indeed we can talk about the growth of popular unrest that culminated in the Peterloo massacre of 1,819.

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A bit more about that later. The other extreme and it was an age of extremes. I've come onto that too.

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This was the so-called age of elegance, of fine architecture that the the crescent at bath furniture and costumes that even now are a huge attraction.

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And probably half the appeal and program like Bridgeton consists in his costumes. It was an age when women have virtually no distinct legal identity and very few prospects beyond marriage.

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And yet it was an era of huge female achievement. Mary Wilsoncraft, proto feminist, Jane Austen herself of course, Mary Annning, in paleontology, Caroline Herschel, the astronomer.

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I'll come back of course to Jane Austen later on. Enormous freedoms were gained in this period but also a great deal was lost and the 1st main cartoon I'm going to feature there is that of what should be the 6 acts not the seek acts of 1819 where you've got the prime minister for a actually sitting on a man who represents the ordinary citizen and all his 5 senses have been shut down by

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these acts which included, among other things, attacks on newspapers to seditious material getting through to ordinary people.

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You'll notice and you'll notice again and again that there is tiny writing on lots of these cartoons.

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I'm not going to read it all out. It's an advantage that you can go back to the recordings.

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I will just highlight certain things that are important. So, back to extremes and one of the most noticeable, I suppose, was the way people prepared and their food.

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This is the kitchen. The the revolutionary kitchen in itself at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

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It had charcoal ovens, hundreds of servants, George himself, the Prince Regent. It was his pride and joy and he would show people around aristocratic people naturally.

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He would show people around himself. He was very proud of his banquets. This is one from 1817, presided over by his chef, Antonin Karem, one of the 1st what you might call celebrity chefs.

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You've got a huge obscene one might think amounts of food there, 40 entrees around the fish, the fish dish in clip.

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Fish dishes include things like the head of a great stir, surge sturgeon in champagne, the on train, tart of thrushes, a grata, a dessert of an orange liqueur jelly and the centrepiece the Royal Pavilion rendered in pastry.

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Again, if you can see this, if you can make it big enough, this is a fascinating menu, but also slightly disgusting that they would want to eat so many.

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There were a lot of guests of course. There is very little wastage in Georgian food in that what wasn't eaten by the guests went to the servants and wasn't eaten by the servants went to the poor.

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So they did have that over us.

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The Prince Regents extravagance in his celebrating his own birthday was also quite notorious. This is 1,812 George Crookshank who's showing us his birthday party and for the 1st time in these cartoons we can actually see there some ordinary people not just ordinary but starving and the injustice that they feel about the way they are treated.

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The poor man outside is saying if rich rogues like poor ones were to hang it would thin the land such numbers would swing upon Tyburn tree.

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The quote in the middle, what think you of the bubbling brooks and mossy backs at Carlton House, the Prince Regent actually installed a stream full of fish that ran through his dining room.

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This is said this entertainment will cost 120,000 pounds and you multiply by something like 60 to get a modern equivalent he says nor will it be the last baubel which the nation must buy to amuse this overgrown bantling of regency.

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This was Shelley the poet. Commenting on this party. Luckily for him, he was in Italy beyond the reach of the laws of sedition.

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Cook's shank also showed that the war itself, no matter how prosperous you were to start with, could reduce you to penury.

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So the subtitles there are before the war where you know the head of the family. As always with these pictures looking obscenely fat is ladling something into his mouth.

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There is a well fed dog even in the foreground. During the war they still look okay but things are not quite so good.

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The joint is getting a little bit thin and he is complaining and saying oh for a piece a lasting and permanent piece but of course Waterloo didn't bring prosperity.

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It brought, if anything, more poverty as soldiers returned to the country. And needed to find. Something to sustain then.

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So peace with all the world, leads to mere bones on the table. He's actually saying at 1 point, more bones child and the starving child is saying, give me some more bone daddy.

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So exaggerated of course but you know. Cartoonists as always had their finger on the pulse.

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So a very famous cartoon just for us to look at in a little bit more detail is this one, the Prince Regent, age 30.

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In 1792 and it's called of a luxury under the horrors of digestion.

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I've shown the detail there so you can see his bulging waistcoat. At his pocket he's got a corkscrew obviously very handy and I think a little nutmeg grater and a key probably to the wine cupboard.

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He's picking his teeth with a fork. His manners were commented on at the time and behind him there, worst of all, there is an overflowing chamber pot and a great shelf of medicines, patent medicines for things like gout and indigestion.

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The sort of diseases and the sort of complaints that rich Georgians went to Bath to be cured of but George suffered from them in spades.

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There he is again and you can see those all those medicines and and the way he's busting out of his clothes.

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And this is a wonderfully good example of James Gilroy in James Gilroy's work.

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It has has to be our starting point because it's so so well drawn. You might say work about he's using a fine stipple that was normally reserved for for flattering portraits, not for cartoons.

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It's totally unsparing, they didn't spare anybody, they seem to get away with it, I'll come back to that too.

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And it shows very typically a comic distaste for bodies and what we put into them. You know.

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They are full of disgust and distaste as well as laughter. Food and drink very important otherwise I perhaps wouldn't have chosen this topic but ironically Gilroy was much admired by the prince.

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The principal large quantities of his work and was very proud of them. Perhaps on the same basis that politicians during the heyday of spitting image were slightly insulted if they were caricatured on spitting image.

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They felt neglected that they couldn't be very important. So maybe that was partly the reason. Here is Gilbert.

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Drew and published something like a thousand drawings and cartoons caricatures. They would have been black and white.

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He would have done just one in color and then he would have had a almost like a factory of colorists to color them in, which is sometimes why online they look slightly different.

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The colors in each one look slightly different. If you want a good read about this, which is quite recent, I think it was last year, Alice Lockton's uproar, satire scandal and printmakers in Georgia and London is a really good read about Gil, Rowlandson and the 2 Crookshanks father and son.

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Gueray came to quite a sad end in that he began to lose his sight, which is a horrible thing for any artist and eventually after an attempted suicide he died in his late fiftys in some despair.

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But at the time, the golden age of caricature, he was perhaps the star. He lived with Hannah Humphrey, whose print shop was perhaps the most popular in London.

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And what was new about these caricature was unlike say a hogarth, they represented real recognizable people.

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Though if you didn't use the name of the real person in the cartoon, then it was very difficult to prosecute you for libel.

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They were popular, they were easily obtained. You can see in the picture that people are crowding round the print shop and you can recognize some of those cartoons.

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They were too expensive for the masses. A, a black and white ones, a shilling. 2 shillings coloured but nevertheless you know if you're a middle class after sound perhaps you could aspire to collect them.

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So they were difficult to suppress compared with literature. Those who disliked being caricaturous would sometimes buy up all the stocks or a political party would bribe the artist.

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Guy is often accused of going over to the Tories for money. Is Mrs. Humphrey's print shop?

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And again, you can see how popular they were or a reputed to be. Everybody is crowding around to see how popular they were or reputed to be.

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Everybody is crowding around to see the latest caricatures and inside there are 2 men laughing at a particular one.

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I wonder if they are perhaps people who are making money out of these. Very slippy weather, which we've glimpsed before, shows a man falling on the pavement outside the shop.

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He's probably an amateur weather forecaster. He's got his barometer, his, his temperature, his thermometer in his hand and everybody else is ignoring him.

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So, back to food then. Whether you ate too much or you ate too little, the caricaturist could make you look ridiculous.

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And this applied to the King and Queen, George the 3, rd who of course for much of this period.

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Was had lost his sanity, we still don't know quite what was wrong with him, but he was, at Windsor, more or less under confinement.

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But at this stage, 1792, he's pictured with the Queen. Enjoyed as temperance enjoying a frugal meal.

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It looks quite nice. It looks quite nutritious to us. He's eating a boiled egg.

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And the Queen is eating a bowl of greens, greens which we'll see again and seem to be associated with how they pitch in sauerkraut.

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You know, alluding to her German origins. But there are lots of little clues as the rows are with the caricatures in this picture.

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The king has tucked the tablecloth into his collar to keep his clothes clean. His Chair is covered with something to keep it clean.

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Even the bell pull has got a little bag on it so that it doesn't suffer wear and tear.

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We can see from what's in the fireplace, it's not a fire, but the holly, the holly and and ivy and the snowdrops suggest it's the middle of winter.

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And on the table there there are there's a life of a miser and the benefits of a sparing diet.

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So it's suggesting along with the character over the carving over the fire. The chair up there has got his hands in a great big, so it's a very cold room that they are sitting in.

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Yes, there, there are a few notes there, the weighing scales and the stock strong room behind suggests that they're living ousterely but actually they're holding money.

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This idea that the royal family shouldn't be too lavish, but they should live appropriately. Surfaced with the late Queen Elizabeth, I don't know if you remember at one stage there were newspaper articles talking about her use of Tupperware and the fact that she had cheaper electric fires that she would burn rather than have the the fires at Buckingham Palace.

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And even in 2,023 where we have Charles on the throne of course we have this article in the mirror its members are surprisingly frugal in their everyday duties.

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Not quite disapproved of, perhaps, but seems surprising and the Georgians were snobs about their royalty.

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They wanted them to live well, but not as well as the Prince Regent. Here are George and Charlotte again and this one is nice because we don't get many pictures or caricatures of ordinary people cooking ordinary food.

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But here in 1791 we have the Queen frying sprats on little griddle over the open fire.

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And George toasting a muffin. Presumably for his breakfast. And they both look, I think they generate a certain amount of affection here they look so much as though they're going to enjoy their their their modest diet.

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They're also associated with a popular movement. Well, perhaps not popular. Apparently about 40,000 people.

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Anti-saccharides. It's part of the abolitionist movement to draw attention to the fact that sugar is a major import, which it owes its existence really to to slavery.

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But the Queen has her daughters around her. I mean they were they were a huge family. With a lot of daughters but the daughters are making a face and Queen Charlotte is saying, Oh my dear creatures do but taste it.

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You can't think how nice it is without sugar, hardly anybody drank tea without sugar. And then consider how much work you'll save the poor blacky boys by leaving off the use of it.

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And above all, remember how much expense it will save your poor papa. Oh, it's a charming, cooling drink.

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So a typical kind of satire here. We're saying 1st of all making us think that the Queen and King are on the side of the angels in barring sugar and then it turns out they are doing it again just the same money.

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There's no indication that any of this is justified, but that's caricatures for you.

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They would have cut off their sugar with sugar nips of course, it would have come as a loaf and just a sideline about sugar, sugar consumption over time.

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If you can see there, if you look at 1,800, it's pretty modest, but by 2,000 there is a huge rise.

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And even at that time it increased fivefold. And it was an important product of slavery. In 1715 earlier on Thomas Slayer defended its use and reclaimed its health benefits.

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I put that in a vindication of sugars because he's talking about the great Duke of Beaufort who he tells us for near 40 years he had used near a pound of sugar a day in his sherry chocolate and sweetmeats which he did eat constantly after dinner.

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Apparently the average now which is more than far more than we need is 55 grams. Certainly not a pound.

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We don't get much indication of what was going on in the kitchens where people were producing these huge feasts.

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But we do have a popular fast by James Townley in 17 in 1759 a play called high life below stairs I think that might have been the 1st time that the phrase below stairs.

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I think that might have been the 1st time that the phrase below stairs was used. I think that might have been the 1st time that the phrase below stairs was used.

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I think that might have been the 1st time that the phrase below stairs was used and the actors there, the servants go almost on strike.

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Here they are arguing about who is going to answer the door. There, you'd be interested there to see a black what seems to be a black actor.

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It would have been a white man in a black face but there were quite a lot of black servants. Some paid.

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And some virtually enslaved. Even in Britain. The fact that this was a popular play is shown by the fact that the Prince Regent again was pilloried about his behavior at the What is called here the Theatre Royal Brighton, a new farce for the education and amusement of the cooks, scullions, dishwashers, lick trenches, shoe blacks, cinder

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sifters, candles snuffers, etc. Of that theater which was unfortunately down the 1st night by common sense.

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So the theater of the Prince Regents life I think is the subject of mockery here and the waste of food.

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But we do actually see some servants in the background.

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It reminds us of very early in the Georgian period, before our period really, Jonathan Swift wrote something called directions to servants, all of which is very funny and very ironic.

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The advice here is while your master is saying grace, take the chairs from behind the company and go out so everything collapses and these huge terrains are being spilt all over.

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If you look at these, if you have a chance to go through them later, there is almost always a dog in the foreground.

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Chewing on something, sometimes a cat as well. And that's no exception.

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The Prince Regent was constantly advised as far as one could advise royalty to to cut back on his expenditure.

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I think he's got his foot. Bound up like that because of the gout you separate from the gout.

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And here, Lord Browne, I don't know how you pronounce it quite, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is appearing with a new broom.

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He was, I think, just recently appointed. But he's also a kind of John Bull figure.

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This is 1816 and his words to the Prince Regent who has got this huge bowl of punch on the table is saying retrench retrench.

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Which again is a word that you used oddly at the beginning of Jane Austen's persuasion of the same year where the family have to give up their stately home and go and live in Bath instead.

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But the prince is is excusing himself he says have I not discharged 4 of my footmen what more would you have?

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But it was never enough and his expenditure was enormous. You know, it, it, it had a big effect on the, on the treasury.

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The bubble there shows. The Lord Chancellor warning the prince what will happen if he doesn't return if he doesn't cut back.

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Another way which food was used of course was Well, with a lot of innuendo, German sausages are always a little bit suspect in these things.

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And here is the wedding of the Princess Elizabeth to Frederick of Hessa Hamburg.

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He is offering her this this large German sausage and her mother the prayer her mother that the Queen is saying you must and shall have it for your wedding cost what it will.

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Tis the real thing just imported from Coburg. The princess is not so key and she says she'd rather have a rump steak from an English buttock.

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They did use the word butter instead of rump so it's not quite perhaps as rude as it would be today but it's still quite near the knuckle.

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Sometimes the name. Would, give the cartoonists an excuse to pillory you. This is John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich who was a notorious womanizer and particularly liked.

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Working women. So the books that you can see at the back there, sort of bookseller and book binder, books include a list of servant maids and the beauties of Bond Street and she's looking at him.

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Some which carrots were considered to be the best and street sellers were vulnerable to this kind of thing, but you wouldn't want to be alone in a room with the Earl of Sandwich at this stage.

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This too is a very, very famous. Food and politics, cartoon, William Pitt and Napoleon carving up the world between them in 18 0 5.

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There was a kind of false peace in 18 0 5. Gilroy didn't think it could possibly last and they are shown in the way that Caricature still works.

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You exaggerate what people perceive. To be the main feature. So, Pet is can't be key and lanky.

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He's got this huge hat and Napoleon is shown as very small. Napoleon wasn't actually exceptionally small.

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Napoleon was only about an inch or 2 shorter than the Duke of Wellington. But he looked smaller compared to his guard and it was a good way of bringing him down to earth.

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Almost literally. So back to puddings for a moment in 17, by 1719 we were still famous for our puddings and a French visitor said blessed be he that invented pudding, tis a manner that hits the palates of all sorts of people.

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What an excellent thing as an English pudding. We were famous for it. Here's the washerwoman or cook.

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Hard to tell putting the pudding cloth into the cauldron where the washing would have been done, but that was going on still in Victorian and Edwardian times.

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This is perhaps the smallest Napoleon in the whole lot of cartoons. This is George III getting his telescope out to have a look at Napoleon in the palm of his hand and quoting from Gulliver's travels and calling him a little vermin.

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But as I say, you know, it was a good opportunity to bring Napoleon literally down to size.

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Because he was called Bonaparte, it was called Bony and later on Bogey, hence the Bogeyman, but this was a popular verse at the time.

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I won't read it all. I'll give you the chance to do that later. But he seems to have been characterized too to bring us back to food at a bit of a cannibal.

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And he'll beat you, beat you, beat you, and he'll beat you all to pap and he'll eat you, eat you, eat you, gobble you, gobble you, snap, snap, snap.

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That lovely one to read to a child. Is an endlessly influential cartoon. So here are Johnson and Brezhnev at the height of the Cold War.

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They've still got substantial swords. To carve up the world between them. Is I don't understand why it's a baked bean. I've tried to find out.

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This is the bake being in danger, David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon in 2015 as an anniversary as a tribute really to Gilray but you know again they've still got the same swords and forks.

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By the time you get to Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron in 2,018, Theresa May has got nothing.

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Get macro is carving off Europe at the time of Brexit of course by himself and she's merely throwing up throwing up her hands in horror.

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And most recently, again, Putin, Putin has got Ukraine. Well, on his on his saber, whereas David Cameron has just got a rather pathetic looking knife and fork.

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So as I say, that's probably the most famous one.

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This one is well known too, where a succession of bad harvests caught a bread crisis.

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This is 1795 of course the next big famines were in 1816 and 1817 Some of you may have been at my lecture about 1816 the year without a summer.

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But the butcher supplying John Bull with a substitute for bread is William Pitt again. You can see that beaky nose.

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Jungle here is a thin starving working man. He was often very fat but again he started with Gillery and Cookshack.

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They invented him as a stereotypical, yeoman, but also a poor working man. And you can see at the top there in the little box the prices of provisions compared with the journey as wages just to show her unaffordable bread was and bread was so important.

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People did eat, working Bendini, you know, a quarter loaf a day. So there is the advice.

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Since bread is so dear and you say you must eat, for to save the expense, you must live upon meat.

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And as 12 pence the quarter and you can't pay for bread. Get a crown's worth of meat.

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It was serve in its stead. I think it is a deliberate echo of let them eat cake, though at the time that wasn't attributed to Marie Antoinette, presumably she never said that.

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She would have said brioche anyway, but perhaps she didn't say it at all because it's it's also recorded earlier on before the French Revolution but you know the idea that you had to substitute if you couldn't eat bread you could afford meat is clearly one for ridiculing.

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We have a different cartoon here, right honorables, saving the lobes and dividing the fishes.

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What they're actually eating up is taxes. But the notice reads substitutes for bread and that includes unlikely things like burgundy and champagne, ragues and jellies, turtle soup.

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Fish boiled in wine, no working person could afford those. They're outside in fact with a partition from the starving swine saying grant us the crumbs which drop from your table so we've got sort of 2 biblical references there I think.

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But again, we're coming on to the disgusting, the disgust and the contempt. That people might have felt for those they perceive to be.

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Taking too much of the country to source it. So using food to lock the foreign. Was also quite common.

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Linking war and politics. Again, Gilroy in 18 0 3, Germans eating sauerkraut.

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He looks very like the greens that Queen Charlotte is having for breakfast but it's got those German sausages there again.

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The dog and I had a cat licking the plates. Saora was actually important in a different way because it was beginning to be used on ships to combat scurvy and in that respect it was quite Captain Cook is said to have found that his crew were pretty resistant to eating fermented cabbage.

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So he said that only officers were entitled to it and thereupon his crew felt that they should make a fuss and they got their share of shout the sauerkraut.

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French liberty, British slavery shows again a very, very unhealthy looking jumble on the right there.

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Carving up this huge joint will come on to the roast beef of Old England in a moment.

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But of course the titles are ironic. The idea is that the British, the French thought that the French at the time of the revolution thought were enslaved, were actually eating very well, perhaps too well, that man has got feet thrust into slippers again because of his gout.

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A very unhealthy complexion, but we can't say the Frenchman is doing any better.

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He's eating at what looks like a spring onion. He's in rags. Yeah, his fire is smoking and behind he's got a chamber pot full of crawling snails.

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And this is the same idea really, French happiness and English misery. They are tucking in, of course, to a joint of beef.

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There is a very fat dog and a cat with a mouse, whereas if you look at the cat on the left.

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The cat is too exhausted or possibly even dead. And the mouse is poking its head out and taunting him, the mouse is poking his head out and taunting him, while the Frenchmen are trying to divide a single frog between them.

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For a mail, horrors going on outside. And this one, you know, a baby being roasted.

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This is perhaps the most disgusting of the lot. You're rays. The French are Sanskrit was the word for revolutionaries, but they didn't have no trousers at all, of course.

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They simply didn't have the silk breeches of the aristos. They had they had plain trousers, quite wide, leucous trousers, but here they're cannibals.

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Course themselves on human body parts. I won't dwell on that one, I don't think.

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We mentioned the roast beef and this was part of nostalgia from the beginning. Really, of the 18th century.

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We were great because we ate roast beef. And we are for course the French chordus Ross beef.

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Here is Hogarth showing. A huge joint being taken to the English inn in Calais, watched by a French friar who is poking it because you know he's he's quite fat.

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Like a satire I think against Catholicism. And in the bottom right hand corner, you've got a Jacobite who has got there, you can't see it very well, just a single onion to eat.

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So several bits of satire. Though again, notice no speech bubbles or writing. Hogarth is an earlier era.

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But at about the same time, Henry Fielding wrote a song called The Roast Beef of Old England for his for his play, the Grub Street Opera.

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You can find this on YouTube and it's really quite Quite enlightening and quite funny. They say that he says that roast beef ennobled our veins and enriched our blood, blood, but he goes on in the second verse.

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Since we have learned from all vapor in France to eat their ragus as well as to dance, we're fed up with nothing but vain complex answer.

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Why should we eat French food with French names when we've got our roast beef? In the times of Queen Elizabeth coffee or tea or such slip slops were known, you know, we lived on ale there, we were madly and vigorous.

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Coffee and tea were disapproved on in some in some quarters. The world was in terror if air she did frown.

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And this kind of nostalgia about food is probably still with us.

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This is a similar idea really in 1796. The private supper tables at Vauxhall Gardens.

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Were expensive and they ate what The equivalent really of what we used to call Nouvelle cuisine.

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So a country farmer is saying, damn they don't play like tricks with me but bring me the gamut.

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A couple of slices of thin ham work do. And you notice how French. The waiter on the left looks compared with John Bull.

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Doin Austin used this phrase, the mean and in delicate employment of eating and drinking. She used it in one of the stories that she wrote as a teenager.

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And you know, if you can ever get hold of these, they are really quite funny. Okay. Edward needs to ask relatives for money in order to support his wife Laura and he says what support will Laura want?

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You know, he seems to think she can live on air. Only those very insignificant ones of vittles and drink, answered Augusta.

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Vittles and drink replied my husband in the most nobly contemptuous manner and dust thou then imagine there is no other support for an exalted mind such as my Laura's than the mean and in delicate employment of eating and drinking.

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I think the satire here is actually about the cult of sensibility. You were supposed to add in sense of sensibility.

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You were supposed to be focused on higher things. Above. Such mean things as getting your next meal.

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But the cartoon is thought differently, so people are struggling because of their girth to get to the table here with its wonderful gold.

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Ornaments on it that they are you know looking quite for anetic to get to the food. And here in the drawing room in, in, the, the, of a crowded drawing room, crook shank again.

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2 of them have collided in a doorway and they can't get through all the inconveniences of fashion.

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And of the fact that people were, that just eating too much.

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Lovely detail in that one.

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A big jumble, now a huge junk bull, who is actually eating warships. British cooks cramming, oh grumble wizard, he's eating something called frigacy, Allah, Alla Nelson, so a pun between fricassee which was a kind of wife stew.

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Fashionable at the time and frigates so they're playing on that. That's that's Lord Nelson with scars on his face.

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On the right. He's actually serving up Frigasi, Alla Nelson. It's to celebrate a particular victory in the Napoleonic Wars but notice again true British stout in the foreground.

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Rowlandson was particularly frank about human bodies. This is a relatively innocuous one with plump, it's true, I put bringing in delicacies for for the host and it's just a sign really a picture really of overeating.

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Okay. But this one is something that happened at Somerset House on a particular staircase which was notoriously shaky and he found that if everybody fell down you would notice how little underwear that women are wearing but it is I think quite funny just the same.

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Even Venus at the back there has turned her back on it though she too has. Relatively generous endowments.

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Some Rollinsons were found at Buckingham Palace by Queen Victoria and Albert and they were so disgusted by them that Prince Albert had them all destroyed straightaway so we'll never know what they were.

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Here are a few more that perhaps go a bit further than cartoonists might today. So there is John Bl, someone is saying that is treason, Johnny, but he is letting off what Dr.

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Johnson called an ill wind behind at portrait of George the 3.rd And on the right we've got something called National Conveniences.

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English convenience is fairly dangerous and there is a man there sitting on a water closet again with a foot that's bound I think for the gap.

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Scotch Scotsman use a bucket the French well it just looks as though the convenience has been much overused and the ducks use the lake.

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No comment. The French were very well aware of one particular British habit or what they choose to think of British habit, which is that of having a chamber pot in a corner of the room for gentlemen of course not ladies to use during the meal time and again you can see what they think of typical British behavior.

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The gentleman of course isn't actually able to aim at the party itself.

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So these earlier Georgians perhaps had a more robust attitude to food and eating. And by the late 18th century, we were becoming a bit more fastidious, partly due to this culture of sensibility, where everything, you were above everything like this.

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You may remember the film Tom Jones where he and a lady eat a lot of Disiac food lobsters, juicy fruit, gazing into each other's eyes and it ends with a quick dash to the bedroom.

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Dr. Johnson is very robust about food. I like the 3rd one the best. It has been a common saying of physicians in England that a cucumber should be well sliced and dressed with pepper and vinegar.

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And then thrown out as good for nothing. Some people do feel that way about cucumbers. But he says I look upon it that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

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You couldn't find a late Regency or a Victorian saying anything like that. Austin on food, you know, I've got a whole whole book about this and a given whole series on this, but it just shows you her attitudes were changing.

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But I think it is still satirical. In this story when she was again, when she was a teenager, there the narrator is telling a friend about the fact her system was, this wedding was cancelled.

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So she says after having roasted beef broiled mutton that stewed stew enough to last the new married couple through the honeymoon.

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I had the mortification of finding that I had been roasting, broiling and stewing both the meat and myself to no purpose my sister came running to me in the storeroom with her face as white as a whipped syllabub and told me that Hervey had been thrown from his horse, had fractured his skull, and was pronounced by his surgeon to be in the most eminent danger.

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She means imminent, I think, but there's the syllabab again. And then, good God said she, I said I, you don't say so.

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What in the name of heaven will become of all the vittles and they agree that they're going to have to eat with all up themselves.

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Here I was interrupted by seeing my poor sister fall down to appearance lifeless upon one of the chests where we keep our table in him.

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I think a young lady might be forgiven for fainting on the eve of her wedding when her fiance is likely to die, but it's the humor lies in the narrator who has got all of this food and it the her 1st thought is not about her sister but about what's going to happen to all the food.

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Have a sneaking sympathy with her. So here is how the glass, the recipe writer of her day, here is her recipe for solid silver and you've only got to see the 1st line to see what a lot she's making, 5 pipes of thick cream and half a pint of sack which is wine.

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The juice of oranges and so on. But a version of this of Solid Zilabub is believe me very nice and very nice thing to offer to people.

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Quite refreshing if you don't put too much sugar in. Here's how the glass sharing in the anti-French sense of sentiment determined in losing the phrase.

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Bill of fare and not menu because that pandas to the French. Again, I could put to so many interesting things on the index page there.

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It ends with a certain cure for the bite of a bad dog and a receipt, a recipe to keep clear from bugs.

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Recipe books were very different from their own time.

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She says that she's heard of a cook that used 6 pounds of butter to fry 12 eggs.

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And she says if you used less than that it wouldn't be French. So much is the blind folly of this age.

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That they would rather be imposed on by a French booby than giving orthodox to a good English cook.

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Delia Smith has been a huge fan of Hannah Glass, but Delia Smith herself has been known to talk about, let's say, gravy, I dot zoo all the time.

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In the novels there is a different kind of satire, perhaps irony or characterization, Mr. Woodhouse in ever, the ultimate who lives on nothing but gruel and is constantly trying to stop other people from eating tasty things.

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And Mrs. Elton in Emma, a little shocked at the want of 2 drawing rooms, the poor attempt at route cakes and there being no ice in the Highbury card parties.

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She's a social climber but she doesn't seem to realize that route cakes by their very name are associated with a rather rather scandalous kind of party.

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This is Lady Gadina's route, wrapped of course originally, you know, a military defeat where people withdraw but here again you can see what kind of party it is perhaps.

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It's up to you to have much to eat, but they are playing cards. Route cakes again you can find a recipe online and they are very nice and keep a long time.

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Back to ragu in private prejudice, Mr. Hurst was an indolent man who lived only to eat, drink and play at cards when he found her, Elizabeth Bennett.

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Good prefer a plain dish to a ragu had nothing to say to her. Jane Austen obviously thinks that Elizabeth Bennett would be pretentious if she a ragu, a French titled stew to a plain dish but she's not of course and here is Subsimolism perhaps at Pembly, Mr. Darcy's place where you have a beautiful pyramid of grapes.

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nectarines and peaches. Fruitfulness, the social pyramid, you know, Mr. Darcy is at the top of the tree and of course extraordinarily wealthy with a hot house.

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So, finally then, to leave time for questions, a few thoughts to finish. We mentioned Queen Victoria and Albert being very shocked by Roland and destroying some of his caricatures.

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Zachary wrote in, 1854, so what, 40 years later than our period.

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You're out of the wild, coarse, reckless, rivals, generous book of English humor, which he said in his own times has been washed.

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Combed, clothes and talk of manners has become gentle and harmless, smitten into shame by the pure presence of our women and the sweet confiding smiles about children or sounds very Victorian.

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By 1866 Gilra's copper plates were melted down for the metal and they were the artwork of course the prints were considered SIP that the commentator said it will be absolutely out of the question to reproduce them.

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And there was a sale at which you could obtain them for 2 or 3 shillings. These famous prints which now will cost you hundreds of pounds.

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But it's still not a good idea. Though we appreciate George and cartoons now for a politician to be associated with food, you may be able to think of other examples but Margaret Thatcher, a milk snatcher.

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Is a phrase that comes to mind, you know, where she cut back on the 3rd of the pipes that some of us remember being issued free to primary school children.

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John Selwyn Gummer at the height of the BSE crisis was photographed deliberately with his little girl and a couple of burgers.

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Apparently she refused to eat her. Though I don't suppose it was because she'd heard about the effects of BSE but he ate his for publicity purposes and pronounced it delicious and was of course pillar in the press.

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Poor M. Milliband in the 2,015 election. The song said this is the pig's ear egg made of a helpless Sony in 48 h he could be doing the same same to Britain so you know it's not that easy to eat to bacon sandwich but don't do it if the cameras are on you or you know that they are.

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Ewina Curry. Made the rash pronouncement that all British eggs or almost all British eggs were affected by salmonella and then again had to eat one in public to prove that she could digest it and it perhaps wasn't true.

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And near at our own times you may remember, well it's only 4 years ago but it seems longer help out.

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Eat out to help out. And there is our Prime Minister then Chancellor at the Exchequer, I think, with a name badge that says Rishi in Wagamama serving, but it turns out that it perhaps was such a great idea in the middle of a COVID epidemic to encourage people to read out and make it cheaper for them to do so.

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And then, of course. Back to Marianne to Annette, Boris saying, let them eat birthday cake.

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So any questions of course will be welcome and I hope Vienna has had some but it would be interesting to talk about why 18th and early 19th century cartoons so often use food to make their point.

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You know, why food? We can find many, many examples. And also are we closer to Victorian prudery and restrained or are we more Georgian in our outlook and what kind of foods do we eat now that might compare with what they had to eat and any questions you want to ask about food in general, that would be fine.

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So thank you for listening and I'd like to stop sharing now and hand you back to Fiona.

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Thank you all very much.

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Thanks very much. And okay, we have some questions. I'm gonna start from the top.

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Hmm. Hmm.

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And this is from the top. And this is from Bill. And interesting food nationalism and he talks about Robert Barnes deriding ragu, oleo and fricasse in his address to the haggis, what are your thoughts on that one?

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Yes, yeah, yeah, absolutely, yes. And I did read about that, but I forgot to put it in.

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I could have done. Yes. It's the again we have a little bit of this didn't we with Nouvelle cuisine that it generates nationalism and some sentiment against having foreign food foisted on you and the haggis of course.

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I canic isn't it? So understandably. It takes it goes into that poem. Yeah.

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Yep. Okay. Like here's an interesting question from Elizabeth. Did any of the cartoonists or caricaturists ever overstep the mark and become the subject of legal proceedings.

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Hmm. Yeah. Yeah.

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I know you said that it was a little bit easier. And pictures rather than anything else, but did anyone really sort of move overboard?

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During this period, no. Oddly they always seem to get away with there. I haven't read anywhere that any of them actually face libel proceedings.

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There was almost like a double standard. Very many writers, as I say, Shelley got a lot got away with a lot through living in Italy at the time, including criticism of the way Peter Lou was handled.

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But writers in this country often were, or several I know, were imprisoned for libel for talking about Prince Regent though you would think that a really gross cartoon would have been worse wouldn't you?

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But that's not the way their minds seem to work.

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Hmm. Hmm. There we go. There you go, Elizabeth.

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Another question from Jill. Is that a particular museum or gallery that has a collection of these kinds of cartoons and caricatures?

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I love the ones online seem to be from British Museum. There have been there's been an exhibition on tour.

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I heard read about it in Oxford. Oddly I saw a small selection at Lord Byron's place.

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Euston Abbey, which is near where I live in Nottinghamshire. So I think it's more the British Museum or touring exhibitions.

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They are becoming, I think, more and more popular. There isn't 1 that I know of that concentrates on food.

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More politics.

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Yeah. Okay. Really interesting to see at the end those are photos of all our politicians, pictured with food.

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What do you think about? This is, this is from Jane. What a bit Liz Truss and the famous lettuce.

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Hi, Jay. Oh yes, yes, great, yes of course. Yeah, I should have put that in.

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I knew that something else more reason. Yes, I'll amend that and I'll put this truss and the lettuce in where the lettuce lasted longer than her premiership, yes?

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Is that's the one isn't it? Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

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Yeah. Yeah, absolutely, absolutely. Okay, what else do we have? Hold on a second.

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Somewhat, someone saying the Royal Pavilion has a large collection. Sure they have, yes.

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Well, there we go. Right, question from Sue. You talked about, you know, looking at a lot of these character caricatures of all these very wealthy people.

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Eating. What would ordinary working people have been eating at that point. In those times.

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Right. In the countryside in times of plenty they probably have what we would call a really healthy diet.

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You know, everything home cooked, plenty of vegetables. Vegetables don't feature on the menus of the rich and powerful, but we know from accounts from kitchen gardens that they ate them anyway, but they weren't considered very prestigious.

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Occasionally you get a dish, a dish of new peas or something like that. But in the countryside they would be growing their own vegetables while they had, while they had land.

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Other things came in that made it harder for people in the countryside to eat healthily. Enclosures was one thing.

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No, where they had less access to common land. Industrialization. Was another when in hard times it was in order to survive.

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Shops. But yes, plenty of bread. What bread was much preferred, whereas now It's reversed, isn't it?

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Whole meal bread. Is the is the bread of choice or considered a little bit more Not fashionable exactly, certainly healthier, wipes, sleep, cheap white sliced bread.

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Is the last resort then because it was fine it had to be sifted, it was more valued than brown bread.

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So if they could, they would eat white bread, but often they couldn't and they would eat something that we would regard as more as more wholesome.

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They would have a pig and slaughter a pig and have a little bit. They didn't need a lot of meat.

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So that would be just. Flavoring which happens still in some cultures. They were doing all right except that The climate intervened, again I'm thinking, 1810 to 1820, we had some very very cold winters, leave a side of 1816 and at that point it became impossible to To buy corn, then the Corn laws came in.

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There was a lot working against the diet of ordinary people. But before that and if they have plenty, a pottage for example, which is everything you've got that you can cook, you put in one pot and you make a kind of soup or vegetables too.

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It was extremely healthy. So, you know, it varied a lot. And yes, there was starvation in some years.

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And Terrible conditions in beginning of the Industrial Revolution. If you were lucky, you ate better or more healthily than the Georgians with their huge groaning tables.

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You know, feet bound up because they got gout.

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Yeah, thank you. Question from Jane. Do you think the cartoons? This is interesting.

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Do you think the cartoons are a precursor to the seaside postcard illustrating?

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Yes, I've, I was thinking that myself actually, and I've never seen anybody suggested in any of the literature, but yes, the exaggeration, the, that sort of comic bodies.

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It's very like, isn't it? And we, we don't see those anymore.

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Do we really? I don't know. I think people collect them. I was reading the other day that people in seaside towns, newsagents and others who would have sold postcards, I was reading the other day that people in seaside towns, newsagents and others who would have sold postcards, younger people now don't know what postcards, newsagents and others who would have sold postcards, younger people now don't know what postcards are, let

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alone seaside postcards. Younger people now don't know what postcards are, let alone seaside postcards are, let alone seaside postcards are, let alone seaside postcards, they can't put them out because people think they're free flyers and take them away So that they don't get paid.

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But yes, used to love the seaside postcards, especially when I was young and they a little bit daring, weren't they?

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Yeah. The sugar and take in Georgian times seems to be pretty high. Did they also have such a high level of chronic diseases such as diabetes?

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Yes, yes they did. Yes they did. I mean they This was why Bath and other spas were so successful.

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I don't think they did cure diabetes or even mitigate it but it was thought that they did and that's why they went there in such droves and made the places so fashionable.

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But yes, gout, diabetes, heart disease. Very common apoplexy. All of those things are diet related.

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They didn't. I mean, when you have those huge groaning tables. In the cartoons, our representative and everything was on the table at once.

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Of course You know, now we think a course is soup in a posh posh menu. Soup, maybe fish, meat or a major vegetarian dish and then dessert.

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They had everything on the table at once. The the big roast would be in the 1st course but round it you might well have things like rice pudding or sponge, something sweet.

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Second course is more or less repetition of the same, though with perhaps may what they call major dishes, fricacies, raguas would come in there.

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So sorry, I forgot what the original question was now, was about.

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Oh hang on, let me just find it and did they also have such a high level of chronic diseases such as?

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But they did, they did, yes, and that was why. And also, of course, a lot of alcohol.

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Yeah. I'm usually quite sweet. They like their wine very sweet.

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Someone's saying how strange things are reversed and posher people tend to be slimmer than the poor.

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Yes, absolutely.

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Yeah, and there's a couple of sort of questions and comments here that I'll try and sort of roll together a little bit from Kate and from Carol.

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Yeah. Hmm. Yes, I do.

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Yes, the question about why food was used so much in these caricatures. Kate suggesting perhaps because everyone eats and can relate to it, it's fundamental for us.

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And also, an interesting comment from Carol saying, Food is universal, universal and essential for sustaining life obviously is associated with wealth and poverty.

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Now we have the food banks numbering more than McDonald's in the UK, which has been used in cartoon.

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So I don't know what your thoughts on that are.

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Do you agree?

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No, no, absolutely. I mean, I agree that food is universal and recognizable. Everybody knows what it was.

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There was a fascination. I would imagine for the middle classes who could afford the prince, prints with a tea, who could afford the prints to see what the, how the rich and powerful were living.

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There were reports in the newspapers the newspapers used to give the menu and you know the extent of things, the huge range of things that were on the table did feature in newspaper articles and so there was a huge interest in food.

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As for now, yes, that is, that is an astonishing statistic. Food backs, but I suppose there is still an interest in great backwards and what people have to eat and also things like, posh restaurants, you know, that suddenly become fashionable.

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Not necessarily the excess but the the way in which strange things like a tripe for example which was very much a working person's food, suddenly becomes modish and you can buy it, you know, in restaurants in central London.

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Yeah, it's a strange thing food, isn't it? But as you say, it's, universal, we all have to have it.

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Yeah, we do.

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We need it. Okay, so I think we've got through all of our questions. Thank you very much for that, Judith.

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Absolutely fascinating, some great images and caricatures. I did like the plum pudding in danger and it's all its various more modern.

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Yes, there's more there are there are there are there are dozens there are dozens it's irresistible I think.

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Yeah, and I have to say. I have to see I concur with the physicians about cucumber.

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I'm not a fan, not a fan.

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You, yeah, okay, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Johnson, cucumber.

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Okay, so hope everybody enjoyed that out there. And as usual, don't forget to look out for your email tomorrow with details of some W courses coming up that you may be interested in if you enjoyed the talk today.

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So thanks again, Judith.

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Thank you. Thank you, Fiona. Thank you everybody. Great questions.


Lecture 190 - Medieval bestiaries: a window into the medieval mind

Medieval bestiaries are illustrated encyclopedias of the animal kingdom, where fleas and elephants mingle on equal terms with dragons and unicorns. And this makes them the most wonderful window into the medieval mind, where religious allegory mixes with fantastical storytelling and practical information.

Join WEA tutor Jo Bath to discover some of the weird and wonderful creatures within these books including badgers that dig for gold, bears that literally lick their cubs into shape, two-headed snakes and man-eating birds. We’ll learn why peacocks scream, how hedgehogs feed their young and the very different ways beavers and bonnacons discourage their hunters – allegedly. Illustrated throughout with some gloriously weird depictions!

Download useful links for further reading and forthcoming courses by the speaker here

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Okay, well hello everyone Yes, many of you will have perhaps seen me before doing other really quite different topics from this one.

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But when you see the pictures you'll understand why I'm a little bit obsessed with medieval vestry creatures because they are just the most characterful things you've ever seen.

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And I shall, for the most part, I won't be, you won't be seeing my face today because there are so many beautiful illustrations that I'll just keep it on the slide show the entire time.

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So if I just share that like so.

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Oh, looking good, Jo.

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You should be now seeing a beautiful panther. All looking good? Beautiful panther, that's what we want.

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The other thing with this one that's slightly different is I'm going to do a little bit of a quiz going on.

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So obviously we can't have see all of your answers, but for some of these creatures, I'll just give you 15 seconds or so to see if you've got any idea what they are.

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And then if you put those answers in the chat, then you can build up your own scores that way.

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I need to figure this out so I can see the chat as well because I can't at the moment.

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Will we we'll get there. Together. Oh there it is.

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Excellent. So yeah, your medieval best jury. Broadly speaking, yes, is a medieval manuscript.

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That focuses on animals. Straightforward enough. And these are compendiums of as many as 100 beasts in some cases.

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And one of the things that's beautiful about them is they take you all the way from animals that they will have seen like a hedgehog via things like lions, exotic beasts, all the way through to fantastical creatures.

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And for each one they're treated in exactly the same way. They have a natural history. They Usually an illustration.

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It's the closest they have to an encyclopedia but it's a lot more than that because there are also moral lessons involved.

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Some of these yes are real animals so are very fantastic ones But they're all given exactly the same treatment in the book.

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They don't really worry too much about that. They're not drawing the line between this is real.

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This is not real. Partly because they don't know and partly because that's not really the point.

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From their point of view, the whole world is the Word of God, God's creation, everything exists.

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In order to reflect something in the universe to teach mankind. So Everything has a meaning. The natural world gets classified as the book of nature and it is our job to read it.

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So that's more important is what lesson is this telling us is more important to them than You know, is it a fish as opposed to something else or what habitat does it live in?

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There are many strange creatures in the Bible anyway. Things which There's a lot of translation errors goes on there but are often translated as things like unicorn and dragon so if they think unicorns and dragons exist then they're not going to worry about the idea that a mermaid exists is a mermaid any more or less unreasonable from a broad description than a lion anyway?

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Maybe not. And if they're in any doubt, they can always just say things like, here be dragons.

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The phrase doesn't actually turn up until the 16th century as far as we know but they are definitely drawing them on the corners of their maps because you can always say something exists in India.

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Or in Ethiopia, which is sort of as far south and as far. East as they have any great knowledge of the existence of.

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And so yes, if you say these creatures are in those places, then who's going to argue with you?

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So for those still looking at the the last picture there, he is a leopard. Although there is a certain amount of confusion in medieval times about the difference between a leopard and a lion, so those who said lion get half a point and it is quite arguable that the 3 lions on our shirts should in fact be 3 leopards.

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There's a lot of linguistic confusion and actual confusion about which ones are taken into vestuaries and indeed taken into menageries.

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People ask for blinds and get leopards and vice versa it's all very silly. Anyway.

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Sometimes we don't even know where the animal came from into their imaginations. What the inspiration was for a particular beast.

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So for instance some best series have in them the Hsinian bird. Who's the main feature of that is the feathers shine so brightly they light up the road on a dark night.

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Sounds terribly useful, you know, stick one on the front of your car. But, yeah, the boundaries, is it real? Is it not?

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Don't really matter. Sometimes seems clear that they know that they're giving a metaphor or an allergy.

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Sometimes it's unclear whether they thought the animal really had these qualities. Or whether it was just an allegory or a teaching point, moral teaching point.

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The important thing about them as well is they're meant to be entertaining and memorable. And you know they are designed to be something that people will go back to and will tell their friends what they've read or heard from these.

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So you do get Some rather strange human. Based creatures like your mermaids. But that mermaid is very much about being a symbol of vanity.

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With the mirror in one hand and the comb in the other. That is very much mermaid as representation of.

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The sin of vanity. Whereas the chap on the other side is a blemy. And he's he's just one of the strange creatures you would find if he went to the ends of the world.

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Not all. People look like us and the big debate with these guys are they real people do they have a soul?

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What exactly are they if they do have soul should we be going out and converting them? But they really believed that people that looked like that lived in southern Africa.

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So I'm not gonna be telling you where all of these illustrations come from because most of the time it's just manuscript.

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5 6 3 8 in this particular library anyway a few of them have kind of well-known names but What I will say is, my absolute recommended recommendation to you if you like these beasties and you want to see more like it The website to go to is just bestery.

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Dot Ca. And it is a wonderful compilation of as many different bestery illustrations as they can find from writer around.

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The world. All nicely arranged with sort of summaries. I'll write that in the chat as well for you.

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There you go. That's all there is to it. Best your e. Now, these things actually start in classical times.

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They're mostly, medieval, but there is a classical route to them. So the great classical authors write encyclopedias, you know, the likes of Pliny the Elder and Aristotle try to condense the whole sum of human knowledge back when that was.

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Still vaguely possible. So the wikipedia of the day, they try to categorize everything.

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Aristotle's into his categorization. And a huge amount of material is brought into that.

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But of course this doesn't have any Christian element to it. There's no moral element. There's no Christian moral element to it.

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These start with physiologus in about 300. Which is he's a Greek chap.

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And there are a few dozen animals and a handful of trees and a couple of rocks in there. It's widely translated, it's put into verse for hundreds and hundreds of years and it's the foundation of everything that comes after, even though it's not.

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Technically a bestery itself it very nearly is. And There are versions of that that keep going through.

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The version in the 10th century Exeter book, which is the book that also has Beowulf in it, Only has 3 animals.

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The rest is all about different things, but it still counts because those animals are dealt with and copied from.

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The physiologic ones. Then you get Isadora Seville? Right in about 600.

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He's got 250 animals in there. This is a big book. And he has He's important because he looks at the works of the likes of Aristotle and combines them with Christian allegory and he is the 1st one to do that.

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So he writes, his, his book is called Etymologies. And the clue there from that.

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Name is that he's really keen on looking at the origins of words to try and explain them.

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So he says for instance that Leo in Greek translates to Wrex in Latin and therefore the lion is the king of the beasts.

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And that's a new idea at the time. The lion should be the king of the beasts.

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And that means that the lion comes 1st in his book. Because he's the 1st one to divide into kingdoms and that is kept throughout pretty much all the vestories later that There are 4 kingdoms in the world.

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They are of the land, of the, of the air, of the sea. And serpents.

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They're not lord of any particular area but they do get their own category. And you know, that's not far off saying animals birds.

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Fish and reptiles except They don't know where to put all of them, but it's sort of getting towards that.

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And so yes, the king of the birds is the eagle. The king of the sea which we see there looking very much unlike what he actually is.

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Is the whale? And the king of the serpents is of course the dragon. So again, real, unreal doesn't really matter.

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And then sort of in the 11th century somebody combines these 2 different texts and you get your proper high medieval best jury that has the reality and the allegory.

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And that text given that They all vary a bit but they all draw on fizzy logis and on etymologies.

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That was the most widely circulated book in medieval Europe. After the Bible. Bonan.

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So, you know, this is a really influential text at the time. And I think it's easy to sort of dismiss it as pretty pictures.

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It is, it's beautiful pictures, but it's also very much about ideas that are in popular consciousness at the time.

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They're generally in either Latin or English or in French if you're in France and scattering of others.

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There are they're divided academically into families depending on you can sort of see the inspirations of one to the next.

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And the person who starts doing that, Widley, is MR James. Who you probably know as a ghost story writer.

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And I mostly know as a zombie. Discoverer of some actual medieval zombie texts so he pops up in some fun places to know my James.

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And then eventually these Best theories get combined into bigger encyclopedias, so you start getting.

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The allegorical religious side starts dropping away and it starts having sections on things like bodily and astronomy and medicine and you get something closer to a proper Encyclopedia.

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And that's kind of what they look like. That's a particularly beautiful example there of what a full

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Bessery looks like with the little illustrations for each one. They are always in almost always in these little frames.

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And very often with beautiful gold detailing either on the thing itself or on the background like in those ones and with the lovely lettering at the side as well.

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Okay. There is a bit of subversion of the form, as with any form that comes up at the time you're always gonna have someone who thinks, ha, that's, that's a, genre that I can use.

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And You get this. I've never heard of this before last week and it is just ridiculous. The best theory of love.

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Very, very popular. Finally the most popular sort of erotic text of its day. It in which so this is 1245 and The writer Roger Dafon of all kind of takes all of the moral stories and allegories of the animals.

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Only stretches the metaphors to breaking point in order to use them to describe his relationship with a young woman who has spurned him.

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So he will say things like, just as dogs in bestuaries return to swallow their own vomit.

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So I wish I could swallow down the improper words I have already spoken towards you. And As a crow eats a corpse's eyes to get to the brain so man is captured by love through the eyes before anything else.

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It's parking. So why did he think that this would in any way be a good way to chat up women?

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I do not. There you go.

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And people enjoy these for a lot of reasons, you know, they're obviously more fun than a lot of texts.

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People can relate to the animals. And their strengths and weaknesses. Vices and virtues and the question, Christian message, you sort of snook in under that.

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Nobles will have them to display their wealth and their learning. Obviously these are certainly the ones we're looking at here or very high status.

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Texts. And also people will. Share them around they are seen as genuinely educational and so people will.

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Yeah, give them as gifts amongst the elite. They're very popular in Lay libraries, monastic libraries.

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In lay scriptoria produce them they can be good inspirations for sermons you know if a priest has one of these you can get all sorts of ideas for just like the panther does this and so will I And of course, part of the appeal is how beautifully illustrated they are.

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The Some of them a lot more realistically detailed than others as we will see but the the square border pretty much remains

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And the 1st proper one in this country is sort of 12, th early 12th century. And you can see some illustrations are inspired by other illustrations the people have seen before by the sometimes by the description in the text.

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But sometimes it's not, sometimes it's clearly just out of their heads. And yeah things like the Harley Bestery the Aberdeen Bestery the Peterborough Bestery amongst the the most beautiful and they have this beautiful rich red detailing and gold work.

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Which of course is a very complicated process of making the medieval manuscript in the 1st place.

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Now Animal imagery turns up a lot in medieval life in other places as well with a wide degree of realism or not.

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So I thought I'd just very briefly Show a few of the other places and I'd take the rabbit as an example.

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So these are best deary rabbits This is how accurate or not they are. I mean look at the face of that one on the left what on earth is going on there On the other hand, the one on the right looks really, really happy with itself, so, you know.

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You are speech bubbles of one in the middle. But they also show up. In other manuscripts in a very realistic style like these fellows.

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I always just want to break down what they're thinking or saying to each other but you find them in carvings and in wall paintings

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With again varying degrees of realism and I mostly just show you these because cause I think they're adorable if I'm honest.

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You would not guess that that one on the left is a genuine medieval piece of art, but it is.

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You find them in manuscript marginalia sometimes with rather odd personalities. They definitely have their own agendas to rabbits in marginale.

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Also, they play the bagpipes and mostly they're quite murderous. Marginalia is another very strange topic that you should look at if you know nothing about because it's hilarious.

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And, and all of this, things turning up in all these other places did get some criticism from the church.

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Something, the whole thing is of course terribly, terribly frivolous. It's sort of the common visual vocabulary of the time is animals because they see them a lot more than we do.

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Bernard of Clever writes in 1127 about wall paintings but the same points could very much apply about best years.

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He says, what profit is there in these ridiculous monsters, them in their marvelous and deformed comeliness, their comely deformity?

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To what purpose are these unclean apes, fierce lions, monstrous centaurs, striped tigers?

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Many bodies are seen under one head or again many heads on one body. Here is a four-footed beast with a serpent's tail.

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There is a fish with a beasts head. Here the 4 part of horse trails half a goat behind it.

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In short, so many and marvellous are the varieties of shapes on every hand.

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That we're tempted to read in the marble more than in our books and to spend the whole day wondering at these things rather than meditating the law of God.

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You see similar arguments if you ever read the name of the Rose. There's a big debate quite near the beginning about all of the artworks in the monastery there.

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So, here is my 1st Very much mystery creature for you. In the category of None of the people drawing these will ever have seen one.

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They're going largely on the name. For their inspiration.

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I've set you off with a hard one to be fair. This is a very hard one. Although the the multicolored might be a slight.

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Fascinating saying camel. If I say you're half right, that will actually confuse you further than and also Lizard is half right.

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Yes, it's a chameleon. It is both a camel and a lion.

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And of course it changes colour. So yes, the the actual physical description they have of a chameleon is pretty good from Aristotle.

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He's obviously knows someone who's seen one. But by the time you get to these 13th century things, so people have gradually got very confused as to whether they should have claws or hooves.

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You know, how many links they should have. A lot of people think, I have no idea what this looks like but it's got the word camel in its name so clearly it must have humps.

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Actually the name comes from the Greek Kamai which means on the ground it's got nothing to do so it's it's actually a ground lion well it doesn't live on the ground any more than it is a camel so Not helpful.

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But, you know, there's a fun bit of artists license going on there, but no one knows why.

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At some point somebody decided it looked like a horse. Just somebody's personal choice. So yeah, whales often have scales as we've seen.

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Ostriches have hooves. Serpents often have feet or wings.

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You can actually watch the this is too small to really see but you can actually see the sort of development of different creatures that are probably inspired by the previous one in some cases and somebody's done that with Elephants so that you can see how different elephants are probably in appearance by other elephants.

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And possibly getting more realistic although when you look at a fellow like that you have to think perhaps not. And in the middle topped the the the trumpet trunk are really quite impressive Whereas at the bottom you have some of the earlier examples.

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So a lot of them Oh yeah, that's just, sometimes the best do start off with Adam and Eve and the story there and the, this is Adam naming the animals.

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Because that's an excuse to draw lots of animals in the same picture, which is rather nice. Already somebody is trying to ride that camel and holding a whip to it I find a little disturbing but That's the medieval monthly.

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So Here is our 1st Christ metaphor beast because if you're starting at the religious end of things then obviously a lot of things are going to be representations of Christ.

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Give you an easy one after that 1st hard one. Yes.

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Yep, what you got there is a pair of lions. So they are thought of as being Christ-like.

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They they wipe their tracks away with their tail to elude the hunter and the way exactly the way that Christ wipes out your sins.

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The the metaphor and allegory game is not always good. To our eyes, it can be very confusing.

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I know those are not lambs you see there, what those are. Is the cubs. But they have very strange idea about the cubs which goes back to having to make it an allegory.

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They say that the cubs are born dead. And on the 3rd day they comes to life when either the mother breathes in their face or the father roars over them.

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So yes, like in Narnia, it's a Christ metaphor. They said to have bones so solid that if you hit them fire flashes out from where you've made the impact.

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And, They also mate face to face. Apparently that would make for a very different version of the Lion King.

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So yeah, we have one Christ metaphor there.

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In the middle there is another one obviously standing between the good creatures on the left and a sort of representation of evil.

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And, and Satan. On the right hand side. And I will come to being licked into shape later, that's actually something else.

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So what is he?

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It is not another leopard, but Similar.

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Hey is

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A panther. Yeah, he is a panther. So in the Exeter book. Again, he's a Christ metaphor.

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In the Exeter book. The he's 1 of the 3 that does turn up in that early 10th century version.

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It is said that he will eat, then sleep for 3 days and then wake with a lofty sweet ringing sound and a delightful stream of sweet smelling breath.

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Which attracts towards it everything except dragons. So that's the Aberdeen manuscript version there.

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Rather pretty. I mean, knowing what a domestic cat's breath smells like soon after it's had a large meal.

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I really doubt that delightful stream of sweet smelling breath when it comes to panthers but never mind.

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What about? This fellow, lady.

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Who is also? Being a Christ metaphor.

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Quite right, we have a Pelican and so The pelican, it says in the vestry, as creatures grow they strike their parents in the face with their beaks and the pelican.

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Accidentally kills them because they're hitting it so it hits back. And then the mother peers aside again after 3 days.

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The blood fall onto the dead birds and that revives them. So yeah, it's unclear whether everyone thinks this really happens.

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Apparently what they do in real life is sort of squeeze the bill to their chest in order to get more water out of their pouch.

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Get the most out of the thing but where the blood comes from, who knows?

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Well the Christ figure.

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Grumpiest little one in the world on the left there. He's adorable.

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That's an eagle. And that they have a whole thing about how eagles.

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Renew themselves when they get old when they go up towards the sun and some of their old feathers will burn off and the mist that clouds its eyes will burn off and it will be fresh and renewed again.

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And of course You're most a typical on the rebirth thing. Don't even need to ask that.

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That's clearly a Phoenix.

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No, that's a religious ones that aren't Christ based. Include this so the the drag I wouldn't expect anyone to get this one in a million years This this figure at the bottom is of course being Satan.

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Just sitting there with his with his mouth open. This is one that's actually about a plant not about the animal.

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This is the Peredxian tree which they said grows in India and doves gather in the tree because they love the sweet fruit and they will be safe from the dragon and the dragon would like to eat the doves.

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But it stays on the other side and shaded side. And the doves stay safe in the shadow of the Paradexian tree.

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And if they leave that shadow they will be caught and eaten by the dragon. It's not a very complicated metaphor really.

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You have to stay within the. Within the church and within the light of God but I do think the artwork on those is particularly beautiful.

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It should not be confused despite the similar artwork. With these guys. Who you might have a go out

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Bonus point to get the specific

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Oh, they are not ducks.

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A couple of people got it right.

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That barnacle geese. Because the idea is That's barnacle piece. Really do?

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Come out of goose barnacles which are quite long thin type of a barnacle. So the barnacles could be on branches or on.

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Rocks and they hatch. And grow these these piece hanging off them and then that becomes a barnacle goose.

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Again, how many people actually believe this is something that's very hard to tell but

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They have fun, aren't they? And then just that enthusiastic dive down. Okay, the dragon of course is pretty much always the bad guy in the best.

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He is the king of the lizards. And comes in all sorts of forms from the very straight.

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Creature called the ayaculus which is Also where the word javelin comes from.

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And it's basically a snake that launches itself out of trees and is so pointy of nose that it goes right through into its prey like a javelin.

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All the way from that kind of thing up to This, this marvelous fellow. Now, this is The 1st known picture.

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Or they 4 legged dragon. Before that, they're always 2 legged because they're sort of like birds, aren't they?

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One pair of wings, one pair of legs. So in the Western tradition one should say. So this is the 1st time somebody drew a 4 legged dragon and I just love the logic here.

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But hang on, if it's got 4 legs Then it's got to also have 4 wings.

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And that is not a pattern I've seen anywhere else, but the 1st one. It is a rather beautiful 4 wind chap.

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And that's from the English Bestuary of 1236. Generally they are involved in battles of good and evil.

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And in these stories, good is very often represented. Bye an elephant. And the best trees tell us that dragons attack elephants with their tail and then they suffocate them.

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And they are the only enemy of the elephant, the only creature that could kill them. If that were true.

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Bartholomew the English says that the 2 have everlasting battle. The 2 of them.

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Dragons are afraid of deep water, so elephants go into a pool of water to give birth.

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So that the babies can't get eaten by the dragon. Yes, it's a scene that turns up quite often.

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I think on this one in the middle, they also said that the elephant could use it quite often.

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I think on this one in the middle they also said that the elephant could use its trunk as a periscope.

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So that's why it's all curled up like that. But yes, all sorts of battles and the dragon world, generally speaking, lie in weight swoop down, wind its tail and either crush or suck the blood of the elephant until it dies but upon the elephant falling.

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Then that will also crush the dragon to death. So it ends up being the seed of its own destruction.

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This one curled around the feet is quite interesting that maybe they had noticed that dragons, elephants find it quite hard to get up.

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And of course that one is probably a bowa constrictor or something similar in its original story. It's a big steak, isn't it?

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Panthers also have fights with dragons by the eggs Panthers being a Christ symbol.

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Some of them, creatures just embrace, in body vices and virtues. And we still do that, you know, when we say that lions are brave and foxes are cunning and so on.

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Those things are partly based on the act of animals but they're also based on these ideas which come straight out of the medieval bestories actually.

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And they go further with all of that than we do. For instance, they would tell you, what's this creature?

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It's another easy one.

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This particular beast is so vain.

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Yeah, that's a peacock. And it is so vain that it believes itself to be absolutely adorable and perfect.

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And then it notices its own feet and sees the ugliness of its own feet and screams in horror.

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And whenever you hear a peek making a loud noise, it's because it's screaming at the ugliness of its own feet.

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Which, yeah, I can't hear a peacock making a noise without thinking of that now and now neither can you.

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It's great. He goats are all about lust. Tying in with a broader classical idea of everything being this sort of balance of metaphorical hot wet cold dry lust and anger are seen as hot in emotions and you know we'd still talk about being hot-blooded or hot-tempered.

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A he-goat is so hot-blooded, according to the bestuaries. That it's blood can dissolve diamond.

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Not by going.

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Conversely, curiously. It's creature. It's not the blood that can do special things.

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It can digest. So what's that?

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In spite of his clover hooves, which are of course completely wrong.

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Yeah, that is an ostrich. And they thought that ostriches had feet like camel feet.

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And they thought The ostrich is sort of the opposite of the hegoes. The he goat can dissolve iron, it can dissolve diamond in its blood.

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The camel is so cold in nature that it can digest iron. And even eat glowing iron in some versions.

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And what's going on on the right hand side here is that they don't sit on their eggs, it says.

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They just wait for the sun to keep them warm. And also in some versions that they hatch their eggs by staring at them.

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Which is a lovely thought if that worked.

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Now, here's a tough one. What animal is that? Those are the same animal.

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Which is one that is bizarre because Certainly some of the further east and south. People should have known what this actually looked like.

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I think they get muddled with a lot of animals. I can see, you know, getting muddled with a walrus might be part of it.

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Okay, try and make it a little bit easier for you. How about that one? Same creature again.

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You have to give him a longer nose. Yeah, he's a crocodile. As allegedly, these 2 fellas also crocodiles.

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It's 1 of the more outlandish ones that they do. And I bring him up because he's a nice example of how some of the stories from bestories have become metaphors in the English language to this day.

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And of course, although none of the pictures show it for some reason, one thing about the crocodile that it's says in the vestry texts is that they cry false tears.

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And so this is where crocodile tears come from. They were thought to be literally something that the crocodile did during or after its meal in a sort of false repentance.

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Another phrase that we have from the vestuaries, I haven't got a picture for that one unless they're in the other order.

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Okay, do it that we're on. Is this? So who is this and what's he doing?

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Yeah. That is a bear. Licking his cubs into shape. And when we say, oh, you know, I'll lick them into shape, whatever.

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We are going back to the vestery where it was literally said that bears give birth to shapeless lumps like the ones in the bottom right there.

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And it literally licks them into shape because they are born. Too soon effectively they're born formulas and so the work has to be done after that.

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And that's a there's a Shakespeare sonnet that is Shakespeare?

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No, a Dom Sonnet that uses that. As a metaphor as well.

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Which leads me to one of my favorite little bestery stories about how animals look after their young.

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And this is this is the hedgehog. If you look at best your hedgehog on YouTube you will find there is the most gorgeous little animation of this particular story done with with little filtered creatures and I could watch it over and over.

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Because they said that this is a thing that they do. They, they're sensible information about some of these animals again.

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I'm picking on some of the sillier ideas, but they would also tell you about them curling up into balls as defensive measures, for instance.

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However, that's more useful than the beliefs in the best ways that they can independently block each nostril.

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They have 2 anuses and you should eat them if you have leprosy. The best bit yes they they roll on the ground Yeah, Jane has it right there.

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They roll up to pick the pick up apples and grapes on their spikes. And then they go back, roll over.

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And then the babies can get at those.

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Specially selected fruit off the back of their spines. Isn't that adorable? Look for just a couple of defense measures, I think.

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Best beast in the world this.

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Not quite a real animal and again one I would not expect you to get unless as it happens you watch have I got news for you this week because I don't know if it was in the short version or just the extended version but for the 1st time probably ever this chap made national television and he and his luck was talking about him.

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This is the Bomicon.

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He's a Bonacon. He's wonderful. The balcony is a creature that the besteries say with the main of a horse, say, with the main of a horse, the head like a bull with horns that curl in towards each other. The head like a bull with horns that curl in towards each other.

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It might be based on the extinct European bison which curl in towards each other. It might be based on the extinct European bison which did have horns that curved that way.

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But of course the horns are useless as defense because of how they curl, so the bonacon has to have another weapon.

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And what it does is expel its dung out to a great distance, sometimes as far as being able to spread too awkward in a single Expulsion.

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And this burns anything it touches as though touching fire. It is noxious noxious stuff.

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And it's 1 that they love drawing as a picture because of the comedy value of it. So in these it's just worth focusing on the face of the person and indeed the face of the animal as it does its Does its deed.

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There's another one.

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Looks more like a Enthusiastic puppy. Possibly the best of the lot.

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That's that face. That is the face of a dog that knows it's about to be blamed for having felt it in the room, isn't it?

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Like. I know we did that. Sorry. But those eyebrows?

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There's 1 not on a pestery, but there's 1 in Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough where they've added to the joke by putting it directly above the doorway above the archway.

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So whenever anybody came in to the room, the Lord sitting on his table would get a perfect view of the person coming in.

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With a bonacon immediately above them. Projecting onto them as they come through the door. That is medieval humor at its finest.

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Speaking of self-defense or avoiding hunters What's that?

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No, not a wolf.

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Nope. You have to make its legs a lot shorter. And.

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And the ears are lot smaller.

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It's a beaver. Believe it or not. And as Gerald of Wales puts it, when the Beaver finds that he cannot save himself from the pursuit of the dogs that follow him.

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You may ransom his body. That by the sacrifice of a part. He throws away that which by natural instinct he knows to be the object sought for, and in the sight of the hunter castrates himself.

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To which circumstance he has named the game to the name Castor Latin for Beaver that is not the etymology at all that's just them reaching If by chance the dogs should chase an animal which has been previously castrated, he has the sagacity to run to an elevated spot and lift up his leg to show that the object of his pursuit is already gone.

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Because People believed. That castorium which was a very prized substance came from the testicles of a beaver.

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It actually comes from some sort of internal glands. But it is one of the things that was prized about the beaver and until fairly recently it was still used in perfume.

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They have, you know, substitutes now, but anal glands of beaver is definitely a the thing that's been used for a long time.

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But they, well. Classical authors, Aristotle have told you it's not from the testicles, but medieval people thought it was.

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And so these are beavers ripping off their own testicles in order to escape from the hunters.

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Okay. Yeah, that it's Civet is the the one more I think. Because you were promised this one.

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In the original bloop.

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What are they? If you know the weird thing that they're actually doing.

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No, not not bats although the The bestery bats are adorable and you should look them up because yeah the position that they think the wings should be in is very odd.

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Not, one correct answer in that lot.

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They're badgers. And these badges are showing a remarkable amount of teamwork. And again, a lot of the information about badges is good correct information, but some of it is Very strange and has come about via Chinese whispers probably.

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So in this case They thought that badgers could and did. Use each other as a cart for shifting things around.

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They thought the beavers could do that as well, that beavers would use each other as a cart for helping with the dam building.

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One of them would lie upside down and the others would put bits of sticks and logs on it.

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In the case of the badgers, the point is that apparently badgers like gold. And so what they are doing is digging in the mountainside for gold and one lies upside down as you see there with the stick in his mouth and the others pile theirs onto its tummy and then the 2 badges will drag the the loaded badger away.

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The best explanation anyone's ever come up with for this that I've seen is that Somebody might have told them.

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About honey badgers in Ethiopia. Which dig for what was known as Ethiopian gold, which is to say honey.

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And they individually dig for honey. So at some point someone had this idea about badgers digging for gold and how on earth was that going to work?

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And you know, apparently this is how that works. So yeah, there are some very, very strange beasts.

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I have you 2 headed snake. Apparently there are fairly reputable stories that very very rarely this does actually happen you get the snakes with the heads kind of going that way but It's, you know, what in a many 1 billion chance but it has been reported of a snake doing what that guy is doing there.

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He's known as an amphyspena. And Yeah, he's a push me pull you of the snake world.

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So, yeah, these are the things you need to know about bestories. They are beautiful. They are.

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Characterful they are full of very strange metaphors Very strange details. And also sometimes really accurate ones.

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All mixed up together. And that is me over to you for any questions I think.

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Thanks very much Jo. We have some questions here. I'm just going to fire away. No, let me just scroll up the chat to find the 1st one.

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And we got lots of chat here with all your your guesses of all the different animals. Now.

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And you talked right at the start about the bestiary kind of being the most widely circulated text after the the Bible.

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Was that a specific best theory and if so, what was the name of it?

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No, that's if you say that a family of best trees are all based on Etimology on Isidore's etymologies.

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So it's sort of that they're all reading Isidore's etymologies, but they're all reading.

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Different versions of that which people have put their own spins and tweaks on over the next 400 years.

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Does that make sense?

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Right, okay, so that's the question from Madeline, so I hope that answers that for you.

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No, we had another question. Let me just try and find it from Kate. And give me a little seconds.

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Yes, here we are. So this is from Kate. And it was when you were showing us the image of the lions and the cubs.

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So I think that's what, was referring to. And do you think, H, heronymous Bosh's garden of earthly delights is a relative of these.

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Okay. Oh, I'd never considered that, but they certainly draw on some of the same sort of Medieval imagination, don't they?

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I think the best, I think images probably have more in common with Medieval marginalia creatures.

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If you look those up because in those you're more likely to get Things that are absurd at the same time as being horrific or, you know, I mean, there's a lot more fart jokes and things like that, but there's also a lot of just combinations of things and faces where they shouldn't be faces and people blowing instruments where that shouldn't be possible and that kind of thing.

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And I think that probably gets you closer to Bosch in spirit. But that's it, the best theories and the manuscript marginalia share a fair bit of DNA anyway.

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So yes.

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Okay, there we go, Kate. And from Jane, and when we were looking at the barnacle geese.

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Growing out of their barnacles. And which book were those from?

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I see again, I can't tell you exactly, but if you go to, Mystery Ca and go through all the pictures of Barnacle geese, it'll tell you there.

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Yeah, I don't know.

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Bye. Okay, there we go, Jen. And a little project for you. Okay, now let's have a look to see what else we have.

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Right from Norman. Could the very naturalistic animals on picked us symbol stones. Be seen as a kind of pro best theory up to.

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That's a question.

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Oh well, I mean Yeah, I isn't the whole, as I understand it, the whole thing with the picture stones is that There are huge mysteries around Why they were created and, you know, exactly what the interpretation of them is.

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Certainly you can see a through line from things like the picture stones into things like the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.

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And then from the artwork in those some of which is surprisingly realistic. There's a cat in the the Let us smell gospels that the face is, it's not on.

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And then from there through towards this kind of image there is definitely a through line there, but I think we really don't know what the purpose of the Pictish ones is as far as I'm aware.

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Hmm. Okay, there we go, Norman. From Louise, how many images are there?

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Well, I'm assuming that there are. That sounds

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Oh, hundreds. There are about a hundred good, solid, fairly complete bestories left. Which are different as I understand it.

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And some of those are quite short and just a handful and others are in a hundred-plus images.

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So, animals will turn up in every single one, some animals only turn up occasionally. Snakes is ridiculous.

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There are like 30 different snakes and sometimes it has to be that these are different versions of the same one because there isn't enough distinction and they tend to have different names in different manuscripts but overall there are hundreds and hundreds of these pictures and they are a quite wide stylistic range there are some particularly some of the later bestaries, like there's a 1 that has a very realistic, beautiful dragonfly in

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it. You think that person must have looked at a dragonfly and then you look at another one and there's a picture of a spider and it's as if this person has never seen a spider before even though they are, easy to go out and observe, one would think.

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They're old.

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Okay. There we go, Louise. No, this from Angela. Do you think some of them have been inspired by Anglo-saxon animals on jewelry, etc, which have a long intertwined arms.

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Yes, if you, again, this through line through from Anglo-saxon craft and, to a lesser extent, some Vikings craft, but if you look at the Anglo-saxon jewelry intertwined, they called lassetines that's a very very long skinny intertwined beasties with the feet they're called lassettines and they are in the

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jewelry, they're also in of the medieval, sorry, best of the Anglo-saxon illustrated manuscripts.

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And then when you look at something like the Aberdeen Bestuary that has this ornately intertwined paradoxian tree, I think it's fairly clear that there's been a continuous line through there.

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In terms of how you do not work. There is definitely a Celtic vibe Celtic.

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Laceteen vibe to some of them.

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Okay, there we go, Angela. And from Kim. What do we know about the people who illustrated the best areas?

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Well, for most of the time that we're talking about, they will have been done in monasteries.

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They would have been done in Scriptoria by people who, you know, that's their daily job.

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We know quite a lot about their lives because it's dictated by whichever monastic rule and also because they write funny little things on the side of manuscript sometimes like you know, please make this day be over.

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Alcohol killed me last night. This page is too hairy. My ink is frozen. Stuff like that.

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So we know a little bit about their lives. Now towards the end of the period when you're talking sort of 15th century you start getting this rise of private Victoria.

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Who are people who will produce books for you. And they're still sort of religious establishments but they don't have all of the rules and they are a commercial enterprise.

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Because some people can pay enough to have beautiful little books of hours with their favorite prayers and some nice pictures in and they Pretty is quite few best theories because it's quite a popular thing for a nobleman to want to copy off.

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So their lives are a bit more. They'll be based in towns and a little bit more of a normal secular life.

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Okay, there we go, Tim. Right, I think we have got several of these questions, I think.

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Thanks very much for that Jo. That was absolutely fascinating and really rather entertaining. I particularly like the peacock feet.

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Logic. I do like that one. And obviously the illustrations are absolutely fantastic, can't they?

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At the same character. Personalities.

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Yeah. Okay, so hope they enjoyed that. I certainly did.

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And don't forget to look out for your email tomorrow with some other W courses that you might be interested in if you like today's.

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So once again, thank you very much, Jo.


Lecture 189 - The London Underground: pioneers in modern architecture

Throughout the 160 years of its existence, London Underground has seen the architecture of its stations as a primary part of its branding, attracting travellers to its burgeoning network with the style, quality and efficiency of its stations. This has meant that the successive tranches of stations built for each new line have always incorporated the new architectural style of the time, from Art Deco through Post-Modern to Hi-Tech.

Join guest speaker Mike Grundy to explore the network of today – an outstanding exposition of the British architectural styles of the last two centuries.

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Thank you, Fiona. Hopefully everybody can hear what I'm saying. A few nods and thumbs up excellent and it's great to be back on the screen with you I think I've been also in total on 4 lectures now.

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And so I hope. I hope I make this as entertaining as the art of the underground, which seems to be my main hobby.

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But I'm delighted to have this opportunity to talk about the station architecture. Of the London Underground.

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I also am a student of the station architecture of Metros around the world. So I won't have time to make too many comparisons, but I'll make the old one.

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So my objective today is to show you how the successive architects and corporate executives of London Underground.

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Of basically employed the architectural styles of yesterday today and tomorrow. To bring a rich combination of styles to the streets of London.

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And a key part of the design of a station. Is to make it fit in or contrast with. The surrounding cityscape, the surrounding streets.

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I'll be interested in your view of that. So without further ado, let's have a look at the.

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Material that I will be presenting.

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Okay. Just waiting for my screen to settle down. So, here you see 2 examples.

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The old and the new of the types of stations, myriad range of examples of architectural style.

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So we will. Have a look at What the agenda is for today. So I'm still doing a little bit of clearing of.

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The messages on the screen. So our agenda is to look at a series of the iconic station buildings.

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Not all of them because as now over a 280 stations. But fortunately they are in groups of architectural style.

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We can have a look at the architects who've created them, design them, people like Norman Foster and Charles Holden, who will hit the headlines of any architectural review of London.

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And then we'll also look at some of the less well-known like John Barlow, Lesley Green, who've added their their ideas to the London landscape.

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And we're going to look at the kind of styles that they have created. For our functional use and for our entertainment.

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So, hang on second.

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This will probably be very recognizable to any student of tube architecture. This is Arnos Grove.

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Just an exemplar really of the admired designs. Of the stations and in terms of requirements for a stations for a station.

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London Underground of have striven to make stations clearly visible. From the surrounding streets. So very easy to find.

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And quite recognisable in the style of architecture and the branding in terms of signs and notices.

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But internally, clearly it has to provide efficient movement of people. To and from the platforms. And it has to provide security.

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And overall be a pleasant environment for people to pass through. And very much a focus here on light streaming into the insides of these buildings.

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Especially in the Victorian era. You wanted as much natural light going in as possible and here you see the fast windows at Arnold's Grove

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I do want to focus to a great extent on the impact on the city on the view of the city.

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If we go to France, you'll find it quite difficult to find the station entrances of the Metros.

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That's basically because everything is underground. And the Parisians didn't want anything to disrupt the beautiful Boulevard.

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Scenery of the inner city. Whereas in London, we have an eclectic mix of architectures along any one street, let alone from one street to the other.

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So we have quite a bit of flexibility. We don't need to conform. We can add to the scene.

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And we've got over 2 70 now. With the latest developments of the underground. And many of them are in our key areas, our big tourist areas.

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And big business areas so they're very much part of what everybody's view day to day is of London.

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A comment to him here from the railway gazette just after the war. And that is, no railway system in the world offers a greater variety of station types than London transport.

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Here you see just some examples. I won't go into them because we'll see them later on as we go into the whole sequence of events that have built up the network.

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But basically other metros you find will have started as a corporate endeavor. All under the same management umbrella under the same architectural principles whereas in London We started off with over 8 separate lines owned by 8 separate companies.

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All competing with each other, all with their own architects and styles. In Paris, there were 2 different lines originally.

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Our companies in New York there are only 3 so we have very much more of a mixture.

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So, without further ado, let's walk through time. Let's start in the 1860.

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Really early Victorian times. When the London Underground 1st appeared to an astonished public.

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Unfortunately, those initial stations of the metropolitan line no longer exist. They've all been improved at least a couple of times.

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Or replaced. But this is the general concept that was applied. The lines would be quite just subsurface, not deep.

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We don't have electric traction so we've got steam and smoke from the from the engines, how much they try to project, and to inhibit that.

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So we have some open cuttings which are at times covered over. Like the roadway in the Houston road.

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And, essentially where possible, we have a small station building in Italianite form, Italianate form, kind of pseudo classical.

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And then we have just steps down to the platforms. And if you're lucky, either over the platforms, there is a an iron and glass canopy.

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To keep everybody dry. But in many cases there isn't. You're open to the elements.

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Who was the architect? Who was the engineer for those early lines? The Metropolitan and then the district.

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It was a gentleman called Sir John Fowler. In truth, it was very much the engineer and no doubt he employed professional architects.

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To look at the actual station buildings. But Fowler is so such an interesting character. Most famous for his design and oversights of the building of the 4th bridge.

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He came along at a very timely moment because a bounce the original designer of the 4th bridge.

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He had previously designed the Tbridge. And just as he was starting to bit start building the 4th bridge under his own design.

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The Tbridge disaster happened. And his reputation as for building railway bridges died with it.

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And so Sir John Fowler was brought in or John Fowler at the time. And what you see in this bridge is a rather over engineered.

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That's right. Not surprising, given the recent TA bridge issue. And, he spent his time, designing this bridge, but also designing the initial underground lines and eventually went on at the bottom line of this slide.

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To design the 1st deep tube deep underground. The city and South London railway which became the northern line.

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What we have got of that initial line is one or 2 interiors of stations still surviving. And here we have good old Baker Street.

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Built in 1863 This is what it looked like much more recently or even today. Nothing much has changed.

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Except all of those openings. For the steam to go out into the surrounding atmosphere above ground. Have now been built in and beautifully tiled.

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This is the design of most Paris metro stations. A complete copy of what we did on the Metropolitan Line.

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It's the logical thing with the platforms either side of the rails.

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Hey, we have an example, but it is a prime example of those early stations. This is the district line very much a companion to or a competitor to the metropolitan line initially forced to work together to develop the circle line.

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And here we have at Gloucester Road, the oldest underground railway station building in the world.

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Something which isn't recognized as much as it should be, I believe. Of similar architectural style to the metropolitan, but instead of having stone or stone like exterior.

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Here we're glowing in the brilliance of London brick. And the styling is very much italian 8 that jolly form of.

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Of classical design where you can see the balustrade at the top with the urns and the balls.

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And below that we can see the round headed windows. Typical of Italian design. So this is what it looks like today.

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The only thing different today is that the notice board at the top there, the name board, it was just a plain blue wooden sign and it was replaced some sometime later with that rather more elegant mosaic style.

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Even the canopy over the facade keep you dry as you start to leave the station is very much the same design as in 1868 when it was built.

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So a building to be celebrated. I just put this full screen so that you can you can celebrate it to the full.

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Hello, lovely little building. Still the main exit and entry point. But what is now a fairly large station behind.

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More typical on the district line, we have a single story. Version. Bayeswater, out in West London.

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Behind this facade and down the steps we find one of those wonderful canopies I in glass canopy, which is project projecting everybody on the platforms and getting into the stations.

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Most of those iron glass canopies have been destroyed in the course of the World War, Second World War, and many of them never replaced.

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Sadly just with now minor canopies over the platforms themselves

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A later development of the district line, read of saw the redevelopment of some of the stations. And we get even more exotic.

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Hey, in our implementation of the Italianate style of architecture here. You see those 2 name projections at the top.

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With their split pediments above. One segmental and one triangular. This is really playing all the bells and whistles to make this a pretty and attractive building.

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Let's stand back now. We've looked at the metropolitan and district styles.

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And here on this chart, which basically is a progression in time from the left to the right. At the top we see the start and the continuation of the metropolitan and district lines in their colors of purple and green.

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Then we have further lines coming in and 1890 the northern line. In 1,900 itself the central line Cool, called by them as the 2.

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And then later on the Bakeloo lines Piccadilly and the northern line. So the 2 ends of the picket line were separate companies.

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When they were first, st structured. Only came together in the course of consolidation. So what we see here is now.

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8 separate lines. Got a couple conjoined by 19 0 2 and the different companies conceived the design of their stations as one of the key differentiators.

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The branding of those separate lines. As well as the stations themselves. We have the trains, the design of the trains, the design of the tunnels.

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And so we have some very different looking infrastructure developed by these 8 different companies. But things change, things consolidate.

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And what we find because of current then and future consolidations mergers, there are 4 main styles of architecture that come out of these 8 different companies.

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At the top, the mate in the district. The common in architecture then the northern at the south end.

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Which is unique architecture similarly the central line as we shall see its own style and then a grouping what became a grouping of 4 lines.

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They all developed they in time their own standardized styling. So 4 main stylings that come out of this era.

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And the final chart in this kind of charting of the development of the underground you can see here the consolidation that in 19 0 2 actually 4 of those lines or 5 the bottom 5 all came together as one organization.

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Called the URL, the underground electric railways of London. And then in 1913 The group also took over the central line and the south northern line.

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And finally in 1933 the government stepped in and said Okay guys, we need to have one coordinated network in London, the metropolitan line has to join in and become part of what became the London Passenger Transport Board.

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And so one organization at last running the whole. The whole thing. And their 1st job. Mr. Try and get some kind of standardization.

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Of all of the different lines and different services. But they weren't going to rebuild all the stations.

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So the architecture still stands for this day. Of many of those original stations.

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Now the other big factor that's going to come in and affect the architecture of the stations as the new ones are developed.

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Is the fact that the styles. Like fashion. Different styles will come in to dominate the different eras.

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From 1,900 to 2,000. So just to take some examples, Art Deco just after the war and between the wars.

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Which then we evolve into an international style of architecture, streamlined modern. And European more than, which we will look at in detail, very much a popular.

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Style for the underground. After that, of course, we can't escape virtualism. Rearing is ugly head on the stations of the London Underground.

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And then more recently we've got the post modern era and then the high tech. And we'll see how London Underground basically follow the style of the day.

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So I've said that after the Metropolitan and District, we're going to have some changes.

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And here the City and South London Railway. The 1st in the world, the 1st deep underground.

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We now have some technology that's come along to help. London Underground, 1st of all, electric power.

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Is now sufficient. To drive. On the ground railway so we can get rid of all the steam and the smoke of the steam age.

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The other technology crucial here is lift technology. And so we can actually transport people vertically down to deep railway platforms.

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And this is the 1st answer. So how do you get, how do you encourage people? To go into these deep and dark, dark and possibly dank realms of the underground.

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Part of London. Well, we try and give a reassuring face. To this new deep tube line.

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We still retain the classical architecture at the 1st floor level. And if we need some workings above. And generally the workings to support the lift technology, the winding gear.

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Why don't we in case that in a good old dome? And even add a little cupula at the top.

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To make it look like some minor cathedral. So assurance all round. All the stations of this.

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City and South London Railway. Now the Northern line were in this style in this way on corner sites.

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Looking at the other side, the side. The side road. We see more of this kind of very, very superficial classical styling.

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With some peelasters in white stucco on the red brick. Basis of the building and we even see a sun ray anticipating some of the styles of the art deco period later on on the right hand side above the door.

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So all about reassurance.

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But 10 years later, 1,900, along comes the central line. And they think they can do it better.

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For a start they have electricity lighting their underground platforms for the northern line there wasn't enough electricity to go round so they had gas lighting.

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Which gave a very murky appearance to the whole thing. Here we've got beautiful white tiles everywhere.

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We've got electric lighting. And at the surface we've now adopted that a tiling across the facade.

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This is all fans. It is very, it's got a tin glaze. To the ceramic of the of the tiling, which is very hard wearing and basically you can choose the color you want.

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Here we have a succession of bays in the structure. And we have some rather interesting in temperatures at the top of the building.

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Here we've gone back to the classical style. But really playing tunes on it. So this, we can see here on the in temperature, there's a freeze, which is bulging out and has little swags of fruit and flowers.

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We have But at the bottom of the in temperature we have these consoles coming down to little faces.

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Basically a bit like church design. Where you have, at this kind of level of a church, you can have these faces.

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Sometimes the green man other times very mythical features. And we have a little bit of arts and crafts wrought iron work for the light fitment above.

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The central line all of it stations about 9 or 10 of them going east west into London. Here at Oxford Street, Oxford Circus.

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There on the left hand side is the recognizable Sandy color of the central line. And it's having to put up with this brash new neighbor.

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Which has come along in 19 0 6 which is the Bakeloo line station. And completely different, being run by completely different companies.

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They want their own station. Their own branding. And you see here one of the big contrasts between those 2 lines in their style.

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The central line on the left. Any over building of the station and all of these stations from now on have a steel frame.

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Which is behind the pretty tiling so they are designed to have buildings above. But on the central line, every station would have that standard style.

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Of red brick and cream tiles. Whereas on the later lines, like the Bakerloo.

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You could choose your own styling for the building above the station. And here we have rather at Oxford Circus, we have a very grand stylish over structure.

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On this OX blood red standard. Chiling and the Baker Loo line underneath.

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What's happened is that here we are now getting into the 19 hundreds. 19 0 6, 0 7.

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Suddenly this grouping of lines, the Bakaloo in the brown. The Piccadilly lines both ends of it now as one company.

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In the blue and the northern line extension through the city and to the north. In the black. And so suddenly we have a network, run on discrete lines, this together with the existing lines.

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Form something of a network. Comprehensively supporting London travel.

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So as we've seen at Oxford Circus here at Covent Garden. We have this Ox blood red standard design.

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Which is the Marmite design of London Underground. Some people like it. Most people hate it if they notice it, but it's everywhere.

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And the station is built in a modular fashion with this series of bays going across the facade.

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And you have as many bays as you need to cope with the traffic inside the station.

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Give another example one of the smallest stations which only has 2 bays around the corner one bay here But the presence of this station here just north of Houston.

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Enabled the career as cigarette company. To find it to be the ideal site for their new cigarette factory.

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We say designed in Egyptian art deco. In the factory was in the 19 twenties. The station was installed in 19 0 7 So.

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And who built these stations they all built by a young man who was only just over 30. When he completed his work.

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And died from overwork and TB. He designed over 40 stations and oversaw their installation.

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Which basically populated the lines that we've seen on the previous chart. Had a quite a good grounding in architecture of the time, wasn't a major architect when chosen, but in his late twenties.

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But here's the man we should credit with this explosion. Of stations which have met the test of time.

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And strangely, the largest of all of these stations is at Chalk Farm. The only, this is in North London near Hampstead.

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Or on the way to Hampstead.

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How many bays are all here? Well, so many you can see them.

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Why? Why have such a large station? Well, it does accommodate shopping facility right at the front of it.

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It does serve the old. Roundhouse for that which was now, which is now entertaining big crowds but was and it's a railway.

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Station what's the word channel table and storage place for as many engines as you lined.

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And if we look at this architecture. You look from left to right on the left you see some of the details.

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The deep hood moulds over the round windows. On the on the right at the bottom you can see here the overall bay design with that semicircular window above.

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On the right hand side you can see the egg and dark molding. Around each of the arches.

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Various shields where the arches come down. Another chop the overall impact. With those dentils, very much part of classical architecture supporting the cornice, which marks a divide between the station.

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And the buildings above.

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A bit of art nouveau impacts the interior of all of these stations and here you see some of the designs.

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Expressed in the art NOVEL, NOVO, or SINCRAFF style.

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The data role with these pomegranates green tiles you see everywhere although usually they're a countless leaf designs.

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And you see on top left and top right. A design in raw time of a part of railing with plants growing up.

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Winding their way up. As if it's a park railing. So, some nice touches inside.

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Then we come with to the northern line back to the northern line. We're extending it up in north.

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Into North London and we see this is as if we've gone back to classical times. Or Palladium times.

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A very impressive entrance. If you want to be positioning yourself in 15th century Italy. But still it's of impressive entrance today with those dark Hey, of Doric columns and a beautiful little, central station buildings behind.

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And very contrasting architecture.

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The inside of that building was illuminated by these clear story windows above. And so a very pleasing interior with wood wood and tiles and a very soft relaxing approach inside.

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And then just before the metropolitan line was forced to merge with the rest of the network.

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It decided to rebuild all of it central London stations in this rather beautiful, clean, very clean design.

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A little bit similar to what we've seen on the Bakeloo line. But all in bright white fails tiles.

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A very clean very bright and some of the features. Here we see we're at large. The metropolitan line still independent designed its own roundel.

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But not as a roundel as a diamond all. So their iconic design on all of their station branding was a red diamond with the blue name station name and there in the in the picture at top right You see the diamond shape of their styling, even on the clock outside Wilson Green Station.

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The same style is carried on right through Baker Street out into the East End. But here in the Houston Road.

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We have one little bit of an exception where we have a more sandy color, a softer color.

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To match the church design across the road. Bye, Sir John Sean of decades previously. So and it sits on its own little roundabout next to the main newson road station

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The same architect Charles Clark. Designed put forward a different design for where the metropolitan line goes out into the outer suburbs to make it very much more suited.

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To the suburban environment of architecture. So here at Croxley, you see a much more natural design.

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The central London station design would be completely out of place here. Sounds in the boondogs.

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I'm we've now come to that sharp change. Of always looking back to a point where we're going to suddenly get into the modern era.

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That's somewhat, somewhat influenced by what's happening in Germany. With the Bauhaus with Walter Gropius whose picture is on the left.

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And when he was false to come to England not his style of architecture, not in favor with the 3rd Reich.

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He published his book on the new architecture and the Bauhaus. Very much at home, a Bible.

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For the architecture between the wars. And he asked, Frank Pick to write the introduction, cause he recognized that the underground was the most active organization in England in terms of driving architecture forward.

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Very much a tribute from him. To London Underground.

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And as well as getting some of those ideas from Gropius. The man that Pick chose to drive the architecture of London and underground forward with Charles Holden.

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A bright, young, young architect. Hey, already. Proven his worth with a number of buildings.

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The initial headquarters of the BMA top left here. So quite a signature large building for a very young architect.

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And then, upper right, he was one of 4 architects chosen by the Commonwealth Grace Committee to build all the structures for those Commonwealth War Graves sites.

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Here near He came from that to do his 1st work on the London Underground, bottom left. On Clapham South and the rest of the extension of that line.

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Bottom right the pick a daily line and the and the central line extensions. So this is a man who can contribute so much to the works of London Underground.

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Hey, his master works. One of them also affected London underground and that was on the left. He built the new headquarters for the than underground.

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Electric railway house at 55 Broadway. And at the bottom that is St. James's Park station.

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And that is a grade one preserved building overall. Including the office buildings now apartments above and the station below.

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But he also built Senate house on the right hand side for London University. Always chosen by anybody who wants to make a film of 1984.

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And the dystopian world of the future. Rather unfortunate connotation really.

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But here is Holden's 1st work on the underground, Balan on the on the northern line in South London.

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This is a tripartite. Structure, basically on the corner, 3 faces with facing into the crossroads we have.

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That blue and red underground sign the roundel. In the middle of a large window. Sunset in the at night time, the lighting inside the station beams the underground roundel out into the surrounding cityscape.

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This became a very clearly identified brand for London Underground in South London. You can see he's still keen on columns.

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And those 2 columns we separate the window into 3 have at the top capitals which are based on the on the globe and the straight of the roundel design.

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As the 2 dimension roundled converted into a 3 dimensional capital. Acute little touch and nod to classical architecture.

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Hey, develop this style to a point where it Hounslow West He didn't just sit it set the station on crossroads.

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The crossroads were at a strange angle. And so he designed the station building in a heptagon.

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Geometry. So that 2 of the sides of the heptagon did face on. A match the direction of the roads.

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You can see this is a very attractive station for birds. Hitchcock could well have used this if he was minded for his famous film The Birds.

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Inside everything is hectagonal. We've got, I won't go into all the detail, but here in, in the ceiling, we have I.

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Ia light structure with 7 different lanterns. Each of which is 7 sided.

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So they followed us that kind of styling all the way through design of the station.

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At Hoban, he's used that South London design of the Portland Stone appearance and the tripartite screen but here on a large flat fronted station.

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But then he went on to take on the ideas of Walter Gropius and the European modern movements.

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And the world was a bit astonished. And the Sudbury town residents were all very astonished to see this station arrive.

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And this is very much in the style that Alfred Grenander was using in the Berlin U.

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But here, Charles Holden is putting his own spin on it. This design of this station, which he described in very eloquent terms, as a brick box with a concrete lid.

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He had no pretensions about trying to make it. Seductive or whatever. Very practical man dealing with practical designs.

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Hey, he looked at this after having built it and said, well, there's a number of things wrong with it.

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The entrances are not looking very attractive. They are just looking like holes in a brick wall. Initially a lot of the concrete slurry came down over the bricks and they found it enormously difficult.

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So clean up the bricks. And they never again cast a concrete laid to concrete in on top of the station building they did it off site and just moved it to the site.

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And that the top looks rather inadequate. As as a chop surface to cap off the station.

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So we learned. The one thing he did do was design About, I can't remember that on the station, 60 or 70 stations.

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But he put variations, they all in the same design, brick and concrete styling. And lots of glass, lots of iron.

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But he varied the geometry of the station itself and the buildings behind. So he used, as we see, he's already good used heptagons, rectangles, squares.

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But now we're gonna have, we're gonna have drums, we're going to have drum circles, we're going to have semicircles.

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We can have wrong boys. We're gonna have everything. To give each station a unique feel.

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And he used his geometry, he mix and match to suit the requirements of the science. So here at Park Royal, he is, using for the main area, for the ticket office and so forth.

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Drum on the left. We got a tower, a rectangular tower. To beam out that underground sign to all in sundry in the area.

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And then we've got these steps staircases. To deliver people down to the station. Platforms themselves.

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But wood green we apply the same brick and concrete to this curved styling. This this station was opened by the future King Edward the

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And so. He did some good things before he left. For pulse is new.

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But here. We see what must be. I.

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Flying seems to have landed in North London at the Southgate. That everybody who is at all interested in our architecture has to visit this station.

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There's a companion station. In Berlin of exactly the same style. And I'm sure again Alfred Krenan, Grenander and Charles Holden.

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And some kind of hotline sharing their design ideas. Just a beautiful station with beautiful fments inside.

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And I'm just highlighting a few of those things. Those uplighters, bottom left. On the on the on the escalators.

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But fast becoming unique. But very much a stamp of this, this range of stations. On the right hand side we have the light.

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And this light fitness is basically a copy or a variation of a Tesla coil. Tesla, the great electrical engineer who's now, his name has been taken in vain.

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For the electric car company. But, very much as something which is a design, which reflects a modern era.

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The war intercedes in all of our plans. And what do we do? What do we design?

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We design basically a series of what it of bomb shelters. In the design of a railway station, an underground station.

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We do, we build a whole series of these which became very useful not for the 1st splits.

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We were too late for that, but for subsequent v 1 v 2 threats. And then very useful as a standing art gallery for anything you wanted to celebrate here in Stockwell.

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The heroin.

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And where did we build these bomb shelters in the form of underground stations? Well, all the way up the northern line, you see the little red boxes, orange boxes here.

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Just one separate from there on Chancery Lane. Everybody thought these would be converted into an express northern line.

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But it never happened. So they're still there today. You can visit Clap and South on on days when they have it open. Fascinating study.

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Each one held from 6 to 8,000 people.

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After the war, Charles Holland still active. And here another one of those drum stations. With us with a separate town.

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The rambles seem to be proliferating all over this particular station at Redbridge.

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The next station, the Victoria Line. Post modern architecture. Again, we're still seeing these big windows with the light streaming through them at night making this a haven.

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For people to shelter in. Or to travel from. But being post modern you can do anything. You can be completely eclectic.

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So here at Pimlico, a new station, a new office building, but it's in the style of a Victorian warehouse.

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It isn't a Victorian warehouse, it's just My into this style to give you some variety of architecture on the streets of London.

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Well, we're still waiting for a really good new set of lines and here. We have the Docklands Light Railway.

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Which for much of its path is an elevated railway. Built above ground such that the new road network on the bomb damage Dockland area.

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Can easily trans people can move underneath. Without the rails inhibiting them. And much cheaper than building an underground railway out here.

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And here, I think the best station of all pontoon dock, a station which is completely covered over in internally.

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The rails aren't but the passengers are but outside we have a wonderful design of a dock.

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In in green fashion with these hedges. Like waves along this. This duck, which goes down to the Great Thames Barrier.

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The Dublin is like railway, it's main station, it's if you like Central Station at Canary Wharf.

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You can just see it in the left sandwich between the 2 buildings. It's not proclaiming itself very much a functional cost-effective way.

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Of getting transport into this new business center.

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But the real McCoy for serving Docklands was always meant to be an extension of the Jubilee line.

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And the Jubilee line built in 3 phases. One, they stole the Stanmore to Baker Street line.

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From the Bakaloo line. It used to have 2 northern extensions. The line at the second area in central London was built in 79.

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But it took until 20 years later. To build the line where it was always intended to go. Into East London.

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By Waterloo London Bridge. And the docks and canary wolf.

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And his canary wall station itself. Here we won't see much. Architecture above ground. What we do see is very high tech and here this dome gradually, diminishes as you go back into this garden area behind.

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But it spreads beautiful light down into the underground realm.

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And basically this station was built in an old dock. Okay, the dot can be drained the ground dug even deeper and then this made absolutely secure from water ingress.

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But it gave you this vast area in all out of an already built up. Palace of London.

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We keep coming back to these drums. This favorite design for the for the surface architecture. And here Bureau Habold.

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The consultancy architectural consultancy engineering firm have designed Canada Water again in the docks of the Surrey Docks here as South London.

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Beautiful amount of light going in through this glass run. Which brings me to the point actually that unlike the days of Charles Holden who designed 60 or 70 stations.

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Now we're gonna get a different architect to deliver. To design each individual station. Interesting if you think we're trying to economize.

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Almost, money, no object really for building these new lines as we'll see.

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On the Elizabeth line.

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He is kind of vast. I talked about vast realms that can. Canada water, but here at Canada the water itself we see.

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A vast area underground. He is serving the London Overground. On these platforms but below that the Jubilee line.

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And similar kind of function being served here at West Ham but very much a software environment not the concrete. Of dock lands but here the brick of the east end.

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Well, the most fascinating possibly of all of those stations. On the Jubilee line is Westminster.

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I describe it as a Pyrenees in fantasy because basically we've got a huge circular shaft sent right down.

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Down to the deepest platforms. On the underground. Right, relative to, the, water level.

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C level and this within this big shaft we have these amazing escalators, amazing metal and concrete structures.

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Py and and a fantasy which you put into art. Of what was called later architecture, It was meant to subdue and subjugate people in those days.

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And was adopted for designs of prisons. Like Newgate Prison in London. Here we've employed it for the poor residents.

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Of have London and the workers of London and the MPs who all live in the building above. However, it looked very impressive.

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When 1st built, But now, 24 years later, it is looking a bit shabby and the concrete.

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Is, doesn't look good. I hope they do something about it.

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And finally we come to the Elizabeth line originally called Crossrail. And here we see what looks like some kind of Well, is it a spaceship?

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Is it a cross between the Eden project at the top and an ocean liner in the levels below?

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And it's sitting here hunched in the dock. Right by to the side of these huge high rise buildings in Canary Wharf.

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Hey, Julian Robinson is the man who's taken over the overall architectural design. He followed on for and was the assistant to Nicholas Powelletti.

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Who was the overall architect for the Jubilee line? So we did have some overall architectural supervision.

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And some architectural principles and styling. Insisted on across these lines. But then each station was handed to a different architectural practice.

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And Norman Foster. Who did for the Jubilee line Canary War Station.

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He's now been assigned to Canary Wall Station on the Elizabeth line. What's all of this about?

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Well, You look inside those glass panels or plastic panels as they are. At the top of the station in its dock and basically it is an Eden project somewhere for city walkers, workers, sorry, city workers, finance people.

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To come and get some kind of contact with nature. And the fresh air streaming in from above. Because not all of these panels are filled, a lot of them are open to the fresh air.

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Here, this is the kind of massive architecture and engineering. Of the Elizabeth line. Some of the Elizabeth line was basically a huge box sunk into terra firma.

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Others were royal in classical. Drilling, channeling techniques. And here we just do the big thing.

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Underneath the old taxi areas of Paddington Station.

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Yeah, which has always been an area to show off your architecture and your art. Yeah, we see the French artist Daniel Buren has been engaged come in and to.

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Us to do his signature black and white vertical stripes. And I'm on top of which.

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To put diamonds and so as a decorative element. No direct connection to the underground here.

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Justin an excellent way to decorate the vast walls and the vast areas that you see. Now in the new station.

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New stations of this line.

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This is the Concourse which spreads from one side of Charing Cross Road. To the other. Here as well as seeing them in the distance.

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The the 9 central line basically the entrances to the escalators going down to the 3 different lines now through this massive station.

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On the right hand side we see what seems to be an advert. For liquorice all sorts. In fact, this is not.

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An adverse this is just an exemplar of the start the artistic styling for the station the station realm at this level and above.

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Below, we still have. The wonderful mosaics of Eduardo Paolozzi.

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So the 2 greatest artists on the underground, both their work is demonstrated here at Tottenham Court Road.

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But here at Chottenham Court Road, the real wow factor as with all of the Elizabeth line is the architecture or the engineering of the platforms and the passages and the escalators to get down to them.

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And so now, instead of being able to see very easily from one end of the platform to the other.

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You see this incredibly long platform realm. The station age walls. Doors and doors to stop you falling into the void of the lines.

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And. Basically this platform is technology is spreading right across the Paris Metro. If I could spread it right across the old platforms of London Underground.

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That's my particular plea. You also need to be guided by this view that it's very important to know.

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Which end of the platform you want to go to. Because basically if you come out at the wrong end of the platform, then you've got an awful long way to walk.

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So that's the architecture of the London Underground, a hundred 60 years. Of established and pioneering architecture.

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And if you're like me, if you're an if you're interested in architecture. You can see all of these examples today.

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77 of these stations on London. Are preserved at grade 2. So very unlikely to be destroyed. So this is a living museum.

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As well as still and efficiently operating way. Of getting people around London. So I think we've got the best of all worlds.

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And I just hope this caught this session today as fired you up to take more notice if you haven't of the delightful range of our protection you can see there.

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My case concludes, I hope, I hope I won a few more converts. Fiona, over to you.

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Thanks very much Mike. And we've got a few minutes. We might run on very slightly folks, but we'll get through as many, questions as we can.

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And so Mike, if we can try and keep the answers as brief as possible, that will be good so we can get through and as many as we can.

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And so firstly, question from Elizabeth. And she's asking about the sighting of the stations.

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And I guess the sort of root of the various lines would have been quite important in the sighting of some of the stations, but was that were there any other factors that dictated the site of the stations.

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You know, like expected volume of people or anything like that.

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Yeah, well the stations. The stations were sighted really at the point where they could most serve the population.

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In Paris The stations there were sighted so that nobody in Paris was more than 500 metres away from.

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Hey, station. London is very different because our network is far bigger. It spreads far more broadly.

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So the, the ones, the stations cited nearest together at Leicester Square. And at Covent Garden.

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Okay, you can easily walk from one to the other. But the others are all quite wide sparsely located.

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And they're just cited where the biggest demand really is for them. Unfortunately, this is why. If you want to go to the British Museum.

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Many years ago, London on the ground closed it and now you have to walk quite away from Hoban.

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Which is a designated station for the museum. But generally you try and site them where they can serve most people best.

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Okay, there we go. Elizabeth. And Mike, I wonder if you want to stop sharing your presentation and we'll be able to see you a little bit better.

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Now I've got another question from Anna. This one made me chuckle a little bit.

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And you talked about the sort of green tiles of the kind of Art Nouveau kind of periods and the stations of that period.

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And Anna's asking, did they inspire the avocado baths of the 19 seventys?

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I think we all remember those. Even I do.

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No, I don't think you can blame London Underground for the avocado. Of the 70 s and a little way beyond that so no absolutely not

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Right. There we go. Quite a similar color though, isn't it? Right.

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Now, a question from Anne. And I think it was round about the point where we're looking at some of those kind of pre-war Charles Holden designed stations.

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And some of them had kind of buildings on top of them. What were those buildings used for? Was it housing?

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Was it offices or all of the?

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Yeah, yes, that mainly offices. and it's surprising how many of those stations did not have anything eventually above them.

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And made a veil is a particular example of that. When you look at the rent of office space, the rental cost of office space in central London.

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I mean it would have been a frying shame not to have used these spaces. For offices but it was left It was left to the private sector as to whether to adopt.

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That's all not to create those buildings. So yeah, it's just felt to be the obvious thing to do.

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Okay, let me go in. And now a question from Andrew. And apologies for my pronunciation here, so I'm not familiar with the name.

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He's saying I grew up in Ongar at the east end of the central line. This part of the network was built by the eastern counties later Great Eastern Railway.

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Have you studied? Any of their station architecture?

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Well, yes, I have because the eastern line in particular. Took over some lines which were originally the main railway lines going out into the northeast of London and out into the country.

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A conveniently for me, Onga was subsequently dropped off the end. Of the I'm looking I'm looking at the map now.

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Of the of the central line. But, places like, for instance. where else can I see here

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And, and, Newbury Park and so forth. Yes, they, those stations were built. For the original Service Railway and then adopted by by London underground so we we have even more eclectic range of architectures that I didn't have time to cover.

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Okay, there we go, And question from Stuart, about the, I guess, the network in general, the underground in general.

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Was there a particular politician who could be seen as the men inspiration for the underground network, I guess.

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We're possibly talking about it becoming a Single network.

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They call to the question was what inspired that?

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Well, it was a particular politician that inspired that they could be seen as the main inspiration for it or I guess the main influencer of that happening.

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Well, I I don't really think it was. A particular a particular politician or a particular leader.

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It was commercial imperatives really initially. That consolidation, it was opportunism. Of taking and getting the economies of scale.

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Of bringing those together and some very suspicious people. Especially Americans. Were involved in financing some of those mergers.

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But the final consolidation of bringing the metropolitan line in 2 line. It was really an initiative at government level and at London level.

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To try a whole range of initiatives across the bus network the tram network And it was that same at the same time they made a decision to phase out the trains and replace them with trolley buses.

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And so it was a, a, I, a progression. It was, a synthesis really of bringing together all of London transport and making it work together more.

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Hmm. Okay. There we go, Stuart. And a question from David.

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He's asking, was the underground signage font unique. I did notice that some of the, the signage seemed to change.

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Kind of over time as the station architecture did themselves. Is it the font something unique to London and did that change over time along with the style?

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Yes, the. The font. Was originally different from each line.

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It's seeing it is very interesting that people are very keen on using fonts as part of their corporate branding.

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But certainly for the UE. The initial consolidated Underground company, they did develop on their own their own.

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Font, which, which they then patented so nobody else can use it. And it's very much, equivalent to Gill Saul's.

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In terms of our funds that we can all use. And then the the metropolitan line had to come into line.

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When they joined And, and every, font since every station or every new line. As adopted that same font.

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Unlike the Paris METRO where they're standard font is almost unreadable. The whole design design ethos of the London underground font.

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Was the Johnson fonts as a, attributed to the guy who designed it. Was to make it as clear.

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As unreadable as possible. And, if you go to Farrington, you would see a monument there effectively an artwork.

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Which is a monument to Johnson and his font. And it's well worth looking that out.

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If you're at Farringdon station at any time. As usual, there's some amusing elements to it.

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Which I won't go into but Do, do have a look.

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Okay, right, we're just about out of time, so I think we've got time for one more question.

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I know we've got more than one question, but we'll take a look at those afterwards.

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Yep, good.

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And Mike, I'll get those to you tomorrow. And so it's a question from Ana.

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I guess this is a personal opinion question. And what do you think of the Liverpool Street Station proposals?

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I presume there are plans to do something with that.

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Yes. Yes, the, having half destroyed Liverpool Street Station. With the over building there of half the platforms.

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With huge office blocks. Many years ago, we seem to be trying to do the same thing but worse now.

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Hmm. Yeah.

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This is a personal opinion, obviously. But Liverpool Street Station to me, although I'm a Paddington man.

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Liverpool Street Station is the most delightful of all the stations. It's a cathedral of steam, although the steam is gone.

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The cathedral architecture hasn't. And I think these proposals now just make it more and more a dark hidden realm rather than open to the light.

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And, so. No, I'm not a fan, but I know. Money talks and there is money to be had and gained by Transport for London from selling the over building rights.

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So I just hope that for the sake of London and London and Liverpool Street today is still retains much of its charm.

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I hope we don't destroy it.

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Okay, right. Well, thanks again, Mike. What a visual feast that was for everybody. And as you said, the network really is a great example of the history of architectural styles over the last 150 years or so, isn't it?

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I hope you all enjoyed that out there. We have run on a little bit. But do, don't forget to look out for your email tomorrow with courses, that you might be interested in after today.


Lecture 188 - Hebden Bridge: a virtual tour

Hebden Bridge is a small, vibrant mill town in West Yorkshire with a long industrial heritage, some unusual architecture, and is a popular film location with ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘Akley Bridge’ being just two of the TV series’ which have filmed scenes in the town.

Join WEA tutor Catherine Wilcock for a virtual tour of the town when we’ll explore its Industrial heritage, considering why mills were built in the area and how they are used today. We’ll also take in some of the distinctive and unusual houses in the town and discover why they were built in the first place, and explore some of the film locations that many of us may be familiar with!

Download the Q&A, useful links for further reading and forthcoming courses by the speaker here

Video transcript

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Thank you. Thank you very much. Well, it's lovely to see all of you today and I hope you're going to enjoy your virtual visit to Hebden Bridge and I'm going to try and get in a bit of the history and a little bit.

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Little bit of interest with the filming that's happening a lot in our area at the moment. I do live in West Yorkshire and Hebden Bridge is my local town.

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But it could be, I think you'll enjoy it. So I'll start sharing my screen.

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There are lots of lovely photographs to look at and I will talk a little bit about all of them as we as we go along.

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Okay. So. There we go. Right.

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So this is a virtual visit, obviously. You're still in your own homes, which is always nice.

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So Hedonbridge is a small market town in the Pennines. It's, it's situated at the bottom of, the Calder Valley.

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Actually, it's, it's, it's at the base of the valley and it gets its name from the bridge in the picture.

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We're going to talk a little bit about that later. Hpton Bridge surprisingly as it is at the bottom of the valley, is actually about 300 feet above sea level.

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So it's quite high even though it's downhill if you see what I mean. So, there we are.

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Oh, and also we have 2 rivers. How long canal. So lots and lots of water.

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It is the Pennines after all. There's a lot of rain. There's a lot of water.

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But that's why Hebden Bridge is, where it is. So here we go.

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The 1st thing. So as with a virtual visit, we come by train. So we have arrived at train station.

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Train station. And it is it's quite authentically Victorian still. It does have one of those electronic ticket machines now so unfortunately it's not quite as authentic as it used to be.

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But I know about 20 odd years ago. I remember fetching my husband from the train in the evening.

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And the whole of the station was covered in, that fake so. And they've been filming.

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I don't know what they were filming. It's a really long time ago, but they were filming something.

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At the railway station. Mostly because it is such a small little station. It's so authentically, Victorian.

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I believe they probably changed the name of it. You know, but it's still got the Victorian signs as you can see in the The, we do, it's a man station and the people that look after the station generally, do beautiful flower displays and hanging baskets and so on in the summer.

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Okay, so we're going to walk from the station through the park. It's not as far as it sounds.

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The park is really quite small. But it's pretty enough. It's got a couple of tennis courts and so on and a play area for the children.

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And on the right hand side of the picture, and it's much nicer picture, that is the Rochdale Canal.

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And the building you can see, right in the center of the, picture these days is used as, flats, apartments on the top 2 floors and the bottom floor is used for various businesses.

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One of which is a lovely restaurant. So a lot of the mills in Hebden Bridge are now repurposed.

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They're not used as they used to be. And we're going to talk a little bit about that.

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But Heptonbridge is quite, the canal is very important to the town. It always was in the industrial age because obviously that was how goods were transported in and out of the town before the railway and and to a degree after the railway as well.

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But these days it's used mainly for pleasure. So you can hire boats, you can go out for the day, you can all of that type of thing on the canal.

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And there are some people not in the center of Hebdenbridge where that is because there's little Marina there as well.

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But further down. The canal, there are people who, who actually live permanently.

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In house folks on the canal. And, it's quite a thriving community.

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In, in an actual fact.

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Okay, so this is the main square of the town. No, when I 1st moved here over 20 years ago, there were roads through here.

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And it about a few years after I moved. They decided, town council decided they wanted to pedestrianize it, make it a bit safer, a bit more pleasant for people because Hpton Bridge is a is a place where visitors come.

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It it's lots and lots of visitors come particularly on beautiful days at weekends and bank holidays.

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It is absolutely packed. This is a quiet his picture was taken on early morning on a Saturday very very early nobody around because no number shops were open but it's full of shops.

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Hebden Bridge has lots and lots of independent shops. I think we only have 3 businesses which are larger concerns and all of the other businesses shops, cafes, pubs.

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Was built later and it started out as a little wooden corn mill. And behind the pub on the left hand side you can just see the top of the town hall.

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Lots of people come to see the town hall. It's okay. I'm just gonna say it's okay.

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So off. The, the square, we have this particular mill. You could, you saw it in the other picture.

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It was a rich, the very, very 1st mill was built around 1314 and that was a corn mill.

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Whole mill but really they would grind any any grain so it would have been probably mostly oats in this particular area.

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And we are in the Pennines. The farming land is quite high up it's quite steep.

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An oats grow particularly well in these sort of conditions. But there would have been some call in some And that the original mail, the original, would have been owned by the, you know, the big landowner and everybody would have had to take their, there and they would have had to give some of it to the landowner in payment.

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Then it was developed, it was built as a stone built, mill and it was, a text, during the Industrial Revolution.

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It was abandoned in the mid fifties. It wasn't the market for the text sales anymore and the textiles in this particular area were mainly things like cord Roy and Fustian, which is like mole skin.

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So they were actually cotton based textiles. And the mill was built there particularly because it's right next to the river.

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And it was originally powered with a water wheel. Which was actually replaced and renovated and only about 15 years ago by the current owners.

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So they're completely, excuse me, completely replace that. And, You can see the water will working if you go inside into the cafe.

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So this particular mill now is full of small businesses. That there are this one a couple of businesses on the ground floor and the multiple businesses upstairs.

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So it's, it's, and because they now have the water wheel and they've also instilled an Archimedes screw.

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So they are able to generate. A significant amount of their power.

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Okay, just off the square is, the market area. This, when there's no market, this is a car park, but it's, it's useful markets.

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At Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Thursday is the general market. And Friday second hand but Saturdays and Sundays are farmers markets and local makers markets they started off once a month but and so popular that they're now on every single weekend.

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Obviously it's quite quiet. It's 1st thing in the morning when I, yeah, there was some stress setting up when I took the photograph.

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So 1st markets in Hebdenbridge, began at about in about 1865 and that was a livestock market.

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It's rural area here and it's really good country for sheep and certain in cattle.

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The general market itself started around in the in the 1920.

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Yeah, this is the pack horse bridge. Now this is where Hebden Bridge gets his name.

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Because, this particular bridge, the stone built one, it's got 3 arches, replace the, the original wooden pack horse bridge in about in the 1,530, 15 hundreds.

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And the original wooden bridge was there purely for moving livestock from one part of the of the area to another.

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And while the wooden bridge was there, Heptonbridge really was. Nothing, there was nothing much here.

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It wasn't a town. The more important town was higher up on the hill on one of the hills place called hexen stall was really anything at that time.

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And hepton Bridge was basically a place to cross the river. This particular, river that it crosses is called Hebden Water.

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This is a, is a tributary of the River Calder, which is the main river that runs through the town.

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The river called. is almost parallel to the Rochdale Canal.

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Quite rainy, before I took this photo, that's quite high. The rid is quite high.

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Yes, you get go up onto the top of the pack horse bridge you can't you can't drive on it's obviously it's very very narrow and it's very very steep but you can walk up it's nice to walk along and you can see down here these are the wavy steps and the way these steps were built in response to the flooding that we had in, 2,000 and

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15. So hepton bridges as often flooded in the past. But I, since I've been here in the last 2, 20 odd years, it's, it's had some major floods and the last one, the 2,015, caused an awful lot of disruption.

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Many many of the businesses in the whole town in all of the shopping streets many of the businesses were flooded had to close.

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Try out, refit, and really, really struggle out to get insurance because of it. And in response a lot of blood prevention was put in place at that time.

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Millions of pounds have been actually spent. And wavy steps are one of them. So the steps at the bottom where the ducks are, they have, they've always been there.

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A favorite place for families to go and feed the dogs. But the way the steps are part of the flood protection.

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So these are some of the buildings in the town. Now, these are, quite interesting because, these buildings are, well, they just, I wanted to show you the different types of architecture within the town.

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So the top. Left picture is, actually what it used to be bank. It's now, it's now bar.

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Like so many others. We have a library just, on the right hand side. There's a library and in the far distance you can just about see the cinema and I'll talk about the cinema in a moment.

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So while in during the Industrial Revolution, Heptonbridge had a number of mills, many, many mills, and they were weaving, as I say, cotton cost.

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We are in Yorkshire, but actually we are very, very close to the border between Yorkshire and Lancashire.

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And so for this, particular town, the, the industrial industrialists. Decided that they would do they would do cotton.

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So, they're mainly cotton textiles. Here. Okay. The bottom left picture as far as i know and i've taken it because it's such a beautiful little building as far as I know that was the dwelling of, you know, one of the managers of one of the middle.

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So it's currently a lovely little cafe with flats above it. But it's just a very picturesque little, house, I think.

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And on the right hand side of the picture, that's 1 of the, one of the former, Mills.

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And like many of the mills, again the downstairs has been transformed and it's being used for small businesses.

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And the upper floors are all apartments. They were converted not that long ago. They won awards for the conversion because they were done in a very eco friendly, way.

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So Hepton Bridge itself. And it has a real decline in the 19 seventies because The mills were closing, the there wasn't the market for the cloth, you know, they were cheaper imports coming from other countries.

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So once the middle started to close there was no work. Because when, while the mills were open, it was It was a, they were huge employers in the area and people would come in from the local villages.

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Down to Hendon Bridge. And also there were some mills up on the hills. And people would walk up to those.

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So the employment, opportunities in the industrial revolution, beginning of the 20th century. Were amazing.

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But by the 1970, s you know, there was decline in the town. There was no, not a lot of work.

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Lot of people out of work and the the town really started to get quite shabby. People moving away from it.

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And at that point. It was very, very cheap to buy a house in Hebden Bridge.

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And so you started to get an influx of people that rather like a slightly alternative way of living. Some people would say, oh, the hippies came in, but it wasn't necessarily hippies in the way you might think.

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It was people who wanted to try and live in a different way who maybe didn't want to be so.

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Consumerist who wanted to be, to try alternative ways of living and eating. So, you know, that even now, but Hebden Bridge has many, vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

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We have a lot of people who, prefer to eat that way. And in fact, that little building at the bottom there, the one where I said is a cafe, that is actually a vegetarian cafe and it's well worth a visit.

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All cafes are pretty good. I have books just say that. So it's quite an interesting way that people started to move in in the seventies because they could afford to buy something without necessarily having to earn a lot of money.

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To afford it. A lot of creative people live in Hebden Bridge and during that time in the seventies and eighties, many creative people moved into the area.

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Partly because of the cheaper housing. You know, if you're if you're a writer or a poet, or a filmmaker, then you, you probably don't earn an awful lot of money.

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So you want somewhere that you can afford to live that you want to live in. And it is a beautiful place to live.

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Alright, and then to the next page. Okay, so this is the cinema. I'm so sorry about the state of this picture.

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It, It was very difficult to take because I had to quickly take it between buses and lorries and I wanted no people on it.

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And so it was very tricky to take. I'm sorry, it's so blurry.

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But Hepton Bridge Cinema was built in the 19 twenties. It was like many, many cinemas.

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Of that time, you know, lots and lots of small towns would have a cinema in the twenties.

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It was the big, you know, the time when the film, the film, the film industry was becoming so, large.

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People could afford to buy a send them a ticket. It was it was a cheap night out and it was a bit of a treat.

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So it was built in the 19 twenties and so it is actually an art deco cinema.

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And if you, when you go, if you just go in the doors. I'm so sorry about the picture.

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But if you go in the actual entrance, you go up the steps. And the doors are still the original.

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I mean, it been renovated a bit, but there's still the original doors, from the Art Deco era.

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And just to the. Right hand side as you walk up the steps, there is the original ticket office, you know, where you would queue up and buy your ticket from the person behind the window and then you go into the cinema itself.

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It's a cinema on 2 levels. It's got, an auditorium downstairs and it is raked.

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So you can actually see. And upstairs, he is a small balcony. They don't open it very often.

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The balcony hasn't been renovated as well as the, the downstairs.

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It's not used often. And I think they're restricted on how often they can use it, because the structural integrity of it.

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But I've been up there. It's, a bit the squeeze. But downstairs they have changed delay out slightly because originally this cinema would have seated probably 8, 900 people.

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These days because of insurance it's many venues like this have a limit of 500 it's to do with insurance So, what they've done is they took the old seats out, from the middle.

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And they replace them with nice new seats so Hebdenbridge cinema is a place where you can stretch your legs out even if you're over 6 foot tall like my husband.

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I've got plenty of room. And then nice and It is owned and run by the council.

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The local council. Which is unusual in this day and age. There's another one in another town not too far away that's owned by a council.

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But it's very, very unusual. And, the council have spent a lot of money on it and it looks beautiful.

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And I should have said there is wheelchair access round the side. You can actually going around the side, you have to tell them, but you can, it is accessible.

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It shows a variety of films. So all the big films, Contact and Bridge usually a couple of weeks later than the big cinema in Halifax, which is our next biggest town.

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And that's got a multiplex in it. But the big, the big films come to Hebden Bridge, but also they show a lot of live stream performances.

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And slightly more art house, films as well, or locally produced films that have on make one night every now and again.

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So they show a lot of, it's not, it's a little bit more, community based.

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Then maybe your big commercial enterprises.

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As you can see on the front of that building, the 2, there are 2 actual businesses, either side of those steps and they are nothing to do with the cinema itself.

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But there's a local taxi firm and another bar. And, it's, but it's a lovely place to go and visit.

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Oh, and they do Thursday, matinee. Performance where you get free cup of tea and biscuits.

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In a China cup. Okay, so we have here these are houses. And Hampden Bridge has some unusual houses.

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This the valley sides are quite steep. And if you look at the picture on the top left of your screen.

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It looks like those are forced story houses. But the not. They are, there's 1 house at the bottom with 2 stories.

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There's 1 house accessed from the other side. With 2 stories. My friend used to live in one of these on the other side.

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So if you have a quick look at the picture on the right hand side. You can see there's it's a street and it's the house and it's the right hand side of that big picture on the left.

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If you if you see that that is the same street. That so you can see it's just looks like a normal terrace.

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But then if you go down the hill around the corner and you see the bottom picture. And that bottom picture is the businesses at the bottom, the lower story.

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You know with where you've got the purple building at the purple and the red doors. Those are underneath those houses in the picture on the top right-hand side.

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And so they're underneath. So this particular bit on that side is a 2 story house above and a single story dwelling below.

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And most of those currently shops and they probably They probably always were shops down there. And possibly owned by the people that lived upstairs.

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I mean, that would be ideal, wouldn't it? Fantastic! So that is unusual.

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Now, a lot of people think that this top to bottom housing is because in there's hardly any room to build houses.

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So it was easier to build on top of each other. And that quite likely may have been part of the reason, but apparently, and if you were building houses, because these the slope is so steep you had to build.

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Extremely deep footings. You know, for, to support the house on top. And so the builders thought, well, we're spending all this money, you know, building, getting the stone, employing the people building these footings, we might as well just make them into a house.

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So obviously in this particular, example where we've got the house on the right hand side and little shop underneath.

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The little shop underneath goes straight into the hill. There's no windows on the back. But houses on the right hand side of the picture on the top.

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Sorry, the left hand side of the left hand picture. And those actually have entrances from downstairs and upstairs and the downstairs.

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Houses only have windows facing this street but the upstairs houses have windows on both sides.

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So I think it's it is unusual. And so there we go. The other thing that you have as well in Heddon Bridge is we have back to back houses.

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And these were really common in many towns in the industrial age. When you had one house, a terrace of houses built and you'd have a house on one, you know, street on one side, the street on the other and the party wall was was the back as well as the sidewalls.

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So it's quite, unusual to still have them in many towns. And cities.

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These back to back houses were, would knocked down. They were considered to be slums and they were knocked down for you know to create new housing or better housing housing with plumbing and water and so on.

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So it's unusual to still see them. Still standing and people still living in them. But, I think partly it is because, in Hebdenbridge, it's not a very big place, whereas in somewhere like Manchester or London when you have back to back houses.

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They were tightly packed together and then covered large large areas.

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But people still live in them.

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So this is just to show you a diagram to just just to really to show how those top to bottom houses were built.

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I didn't draw this. I'm just going to say that I don't really draw.

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So if you, if we start on the left hand side, so we've got Eiffel Street and that is a real street.

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And you can go in at the bottom of Eiffel Street. To your house, which is 2 stories with a seller.

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And if you then go down the road and up the hill. Turn the corner and go up the hill.

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You're then in Edward Street. And as you can see on the left hand side of Edward Street you've got again front end with a house with 2 stories and that one on the left hand side.

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Of Edward Street will have windows. Yeah. And then on the right hand side of Eiffel Street you, can again go into your own house, your own front door, again, a 2 story house.

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And that one will only have Windows. Facing the street. And then when you get up onto the Chapel Avenue Again, you've got your own entrance, you can get in.

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You can, and you've got Windows on both sides again. Okay, so that's sort of, I like the diagram, it just shows you how it sort of works because it's really hard to imagine if you haven't actually walked it and seen it.

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It's not so easy to see from, from photographs.

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Right, now I know lots of you are really really interested in filming in Heptonbridge. Yorkshire has a really really dynamic film industry many many series and films have been filmed here over the last sort of probably 1015, 20 years.

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We're getting really well known it wasn't that long ago he wasn't in hepton bridge but Tom Cruise was in the area filming his She is a mission impossible film, I think.

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But he was filming, but in Hampden Bridge, we're really well known for Happy Valley.

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And I don't know how many of you watch Happy Valley if you haven't watch it it's on the iPlayer watch all of the series go from the beginning to the end.

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And it is really really good really well made. And these are a couple of the filming locations so the top left hand picture is the back of the house that belongs to the 2 ladies 2 sisters in Happy Valley.

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And the ones played by, Sarah Lancashire and So that's the back of their house and the picture on the bottom is the front of their house.

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So this isn't a back to back. This is actually a rather nice street. And the for most of Happy Valley and most of the time you only ever see the back entrance.

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And they go in through the back, they sit out in the back with company, and they chat, you know, after work and so on and you do see the front of it, the front of the house.

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In the last series. But I think that was the 1st time we'd seen the front of the house.

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I don't, I knew it was where it was filmed. But I wasn't sure if it was one of the back to back. But, I wasn't sure if it was one of the back to back.

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It isn't. So when we have filming in Hebden Bridge, you know, when this, the filming was done in this, this house because filming was done in one of these houses.

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And I think the interior shots were probably. Locked up a little bit, but all the exterior shots were, filmed, you know, in situ.

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And. But when they do film, the roads are closed. So the, these roads would have been closed.

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Full filming, the road joining them would have been, closed as well. And it so it's filming when it's actually in Hebden Bridge does cause quite a bit of disruption.

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In the top right. Photograph, if you have seen the 3rd series of Happy Valley, you will recognize this shop.

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I mean, and it wasn't a mocked up shop. They actually filmed in this shop.

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They just left it as it is. And they actually filmed, in, the shop itself.

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I can't remember who went in the shop. I don't think it was Tommy Lee Rice but it could have been but but there was a lot of filming done in there it's it's just a it's It's a nice, it's an independent shop.

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Selling you know Good groceries, really, groceries. And you know nice nice birthday cards and so on.

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But again it's a locally owned business. So that's nice. And can you see the, how the building, it's a little bit like that, that building that, it's a little bit like that, that building that was a bank and there's now, the bar.

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It's built on the corner and it is actually built. It's not quite square. It's, it's built to bit of an angle.

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So, so the rooms at that top corner, will, have angles, so be an unusual shape.

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They, the top 2 floors of that building are now flats. And there's a very nice clock on the top of that building too.

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So, and when that was, when that was being used for filming, the little streets down the side, you can't really see it, but there's a little street downside.

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You can just see the, the lines leading to it. That was completely closed. And there is parking on that street and that's 1 of the big problems when there is filming in the town because streets are blocked off.

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And the parking gets even more difficult than normal.

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But it's you know it's exciting. Acley Bridge also filmed here and I have seen not to speak to or anything like that but I saw Anton Du Beck.

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Driving down one of the streets in an open topped car. With somebody and they were filming one of these sort of travel type programs.

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But I saw Anton Dobeck going down the street in the car. So it's a really vibrant industry.

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I think part of it is, businesses, people are very open to filming in this area.

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We have a lot of very interesting buildings. And which can be used. I mean, in Happy Valley, Happy Valley was also filmed in the whole of the area around here.

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There was a lot of filming done in Selby Bridge which is just down the road. And you know we have a right a mixture of homes so obviously in the town itself it's they're older but there are more modern homes in in little towns around the area so you could get a proper and you can you can film in the area you can you can set up a base and there is a base they always set up not in

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Hebden Bridge because there's nowhere but in the next little village along there's a there's a community center with a very large car park.

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And that's where they always base the filming. So that's where they'll have, you know, the canteen and that's where they park all of the vans.

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And so on. And you know when they're filming because they're a little sign saying lock you know lock one lock 2 with arrows so the drivers can get them to the right locations for each of the filming, you know, filming things those those days.

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So it is it is quite exciting. My, my son in law's brother is a cameraman.

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He's a, he's not long graduated, but he is an assistant cameraman. And he helped.

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He helped film. The The last series of Happy Valley. And in the very very last scene in the there's a car park and his car is parked in the car park because they needed a car and they needed one they could use and they sort of asked him and they paid him the paid in for parking his car in There are lots of jobs around.

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In Manchester isn't very far away. You can get to Manchester easily on the train, and leads.

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And in Manchester there's now There's a big. Area.

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Of whether the BBC is it's got a really really big base in Manchester.

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Channel 4 looking at they've got a basin leads ITV, they've got a base in Manchester as well.

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Salford is Salford in Manchester is where they do a lot of that. You know they've got and studios and all of that.

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So it's not just independent film companies that come to Hebden Bridge. It's, you know, you've also got the, the main, Just down the road in, in Manchester and many of the people that work in those industries live in So I know people who are producers and writers and so on.

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Okay, right now we're going just a little bit out of Hebden Bridge because I thought I'd like to share this with you.

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You can walk to hard Castle cracks, but you, you can either you can drive or you could take a bus.

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Hard fussle cracks is a, an area of it's woodland now. But it has an industrial past.

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So it was originally, used for quarrying. So there are still old quarries, small stone quarries.

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And around crags, you know, it is indicative of that. And stone. And, but there is also a mail which you can see on the right hand side of the screen.

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And that is called Gibson Mill. That was one of the original water wheel mills just like the the Hept and Bridge Mill.

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And, It's, this is a picture from the back of it because you can see the mill pond, cause it just looks lovely.

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Many mill ponds around situated around the area. Obviously, because there's so much water in the area, that is why the mills originally were established in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding towns as well.

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This this mail this is hard class by the national trust now and they maintain it and they look after it.

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And, the mill, was refurbished. And there's now a lovely cafe in there and it is completely off grid completely off grid they they generate all of their electricity they have they're not on main drainage they have like septic type systems I think for the toilets.

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And, and they, they, They're not on mains water either, so the water is supplied.

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From from the river, they cleaned it. Obviously they clean it. You can have a cup of tea there.

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It's all cleaned. But it's very very interesting and recently they've always had a backup generator.

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You know, because they can have weddings and things there. But now they've just had permission to put, on the roof.

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And it's not just the mill, there's some little weavers cottages, as well in front of it.

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And they've got permission to put, really, up to date, panels on the roofs so they will not need the generator as a backup anymore.

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So it's and it's very much of the, in this area, you want to try and make things as sustainable as possible.

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That river you can see on the top, that picture, that is the river, that's hebs and water.

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So the water that we saw the original pack was bridge go over so that water runs off the hills goes down through the woodland and into Hebden Bridge and then it meets and joins with the Okay.

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And I'm just going to finish. And it's a beautiful place to walk. I'm just going to say that before I go to the next photo, it's a beautiful place to walk.

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It's just going to say that before I go to the next photo, it's a beautiful place to walk.

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It's definitely worth a visit. And you can do a short walk. Or you can do a longer walk so you can walk to the mail and back.

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And you can do that along the road if you want to or down by the river. And but you can also go much much further my children's school used to take them for the day.

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Once once when they're in year 6. Their primary school they used to go one Friday in the months and they spent the whole day there and the rangers would have do stuff with them.

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It was really, really good. It's very pretty and this is beautiful because although the I didn't take this this year, this is what the hard castle cracks looks like at the moment.

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It is a bluebell wood. It's a very very well-known bluebell wood in the area.

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And you it's just carpeted it's just absolutely beautiful it's always May we are in the Pennines.

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And these are true but true bluebells they're not the Spanish type these are true woodland bluebells And if I take the picture, you know, say about a month ago, it would have been a carpeted in white.

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So it's, a garlic, wild garlic earlier in the year. And then earlier than that you see, the, So it is a very, very pretty place.

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And I just thought we would end our talk. Looking at the bluebells because Who doesn't like blue bells?

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Okay. And. I just like to say thank you very, very much for, listening to the talk.

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And I really do hope that you enjoyed it. So I'm going to hand back to.

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At Funa.

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Yeah, thanks very much custody. Let's go straight to some questions. We've got, we've got a few here for you, Catherine.

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And this is from Alfred's and sort of right at the start of the presentations you showed us a photograph of the main square in the town.

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What is the sculpture that's in square?

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Oh, well, good question. And you know what? I wrote it on my notes and I forgot to tell you.

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The sculpture was it's actually sundial. So it's, it's a really, really big sundial.

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So it goes, up in the air as you could see. And around it if there is a clock in the pavement there is a clock it was commissioned I don't I can't remember who actually sculpted it but was commissioned when the square was redone and they wanted it to look really nice.

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And there were lots and lots of bids for the sculpture but that was the one that won so you do actually have the time around and if it's sunny you can tell the time.

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Interesting. Well, there you go, Alfred. I hope that answers your question. Now, another question from Clear.

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And she was asking, how did we talking about the wave these steps? How did the wavy steps work as a flood defense?

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I'm not totally sure. I think I think what it is when they built it they built channels around the sides as well.

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So not just the steps, they actually widened the river, underneath, they dredged a bit, they widened the river, they deepened the riverbed at the side, you know, because it gets silted up over time.

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So the actual riverbed can now accommodate more water. But down the sides of the wind, the wavy steps, there are also actual channels where they, water, if it comes up over the steps it's sort of channeled back down where the river is a little bit wider because that point where the bridge is, the narrowest part of the river, which is why the bridge is there.

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So it's a bit of a bottleneck if, it's, if we have a lot of water.

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So it's just, it's just a way of sort of channeling that water and then moving it back where the rivers are little bit wider.

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Hmm, interesting, you go clear. A question from Bill about the mills and were all mills water powered or did some of them move to steam?

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They all moved to Steam, because it was, it, you know, it was, you could get more power, it was more consistent.

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So they all moved to Steam and what's interesting in Hebden Bridge as well is that, I mean, you saw a couple of the mill chimneys.

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In the pictures, but we actually have quite a lot of mill chimneys still. Because you know in the I think it was in the sixties, seventies and eighties a lot of the middle chimneys were demolished.

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There was that the man on the telly and he was the expert at demolishing a chimneys.

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But in our area. And most of the chimneys are still standing and they're now listed so they can't they can't be taking

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Hmm. Okay, okay, there you go, Phil. And sort of a related question from David and he's asking It's the tradition of working with fire bricks and yarns continued amongst the creative people in Hibdenbridge now.

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I would say definitely, yes. within Heton Bridge, there are there are many small little, galleries.

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It's not just all shops and pubs and cafes there are some galleries and local people will exhibit their work.

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There's quite a lot of people who are artists. But they work with textiles so there is still that creative side to textiles and actually the the I think the last trouser mill to, to close was not in Hebden Bridge, it was just down the road and that close probably only about 18 years ago.

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And they were still selling Moleskin trousers. You could actually go in and buy some. If you wanted to.

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Hmm. Okay, interesting. There you go, David. Now a question from Castling.

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Doing off what the average price of a house is now. I guess it's probably a bit more than it used to be.

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Yeah, Google one.

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Okay. I can't believe. A company even asking that because interestingly if anybody watched location location last night they were in West Yorkshire in this sort of area.

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And our house prices are lower than the national average. And I think the average house price is about 240,000.

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245. Obviously we have houses which are you know up to the 1 million part no problem but also a little bit cheaper so It's probably one of the cheaper areas to live in, but Hebden Bridge itself, it's probably one of the cheaper areas to live in, but Hebden Bridge itself, the house prices have gone up.

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So now, when I moved here, it was still quite reasonable. It's still quite reasonable compared to many parts of the country.

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But, it's more expensive now than the surrounding towns and villages. Well, not villages so much, but the surrounding towns.

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So cheap as in the average but prices have been creeping up. But difficult to find a house to buy at the minute actually.

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Hmm. No.

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Yeah, sounds a bit like, That's not cheap either. Okay, so I've got a few questions about these top and bottom houses.

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Right, so from Sue. Did those houses have plumbing originally when they were built?

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I don't, I don't honestly know. I don't know. I would say probably not because they were built, during the industrial revolution.

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So I would think and I. This is only what I think they wouldn't have had indoor plumbing.

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They would have been probably a pump. In the street. And some sort of Collections for night soil.

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As far as I understand, yeah. And, and there would have been, you know, little blocks of toilets on the ends of the streets as well.

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Live in Hampden Bridge, I live above it. And we've got some back to back houses just up the road from me and at the end of that row of houses, there, there is a building.

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I mean, people use it as a shed. They use it as sheds now, but originally those would have been toilets for everybody in that row.

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Those back to back row houses.

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Hmm, okay. And, This is a question from Kirk, Carol. And do the lore houses have problems with dam?

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Because suppose when you think about it, a kind of, because suppose when you think about it, they're kind of built into the site of the valley, so.

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Yeah, I do. I don't know anyone who lives in one, but I would have thought, yes, they do because I mean, I'm sure now that people have made sure that they're properly tamped because they are the back of it is like a basement in that it's in in the ground.

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But originally they may well have been quite damp i don't know how they built them at the time what they did with damp proofing.

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But chances are there wasn't a great deal of damp proofing done when they were 1st built.

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So yes, I would have thought they were quite damply under and they're called the under dwellings.

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So they're the underneath ones are the under dwellings. And I think possibly they were not, you know, then with not quite as nice as the top ones because they didn't have windows both sides and they were probably a little bit damp and they tend to be a bit smaller as well.

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Hmm. Okay, right. And another couple questions about the houses. And Carol wonders where they hung their washing.

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In the school.

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And those houses quite a bit the practical question that but. Good question.

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In the street actually yes you'd have washing lines strong across the 2 streets and people would just hand their washing on the streets.

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It's not unusual to see that now. I, if you if you go through on a normal and nice day.

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Not, on the pictures of streets that I showed you there, but in other parts of the town and in other areas around here you see washing strong across the 2 streets.

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Hmm. And also, and from validate. Do you know if people buy both the top and the bottom together and join them up?

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As far as I know, no, no, I, I don't believe so. My friend that lived in a top dwelling.

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The one underneath her and I don't know how it quite worked but the one underneath her it was a single story.

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And she actually had, she went, you went in on the ground floor, what was effectively the ground floor, she actually had a basement as well.

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And then the top floor and an attic room as well. So it was at her top floor house was actually really big.

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But most of them, most of the upper houses, the over dwellings, they don't normally have a cellar.

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I don't know why she did whether or not previous people had bought it or maybe it was just built like that.

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I'm not sure. But generally speaking, you know, it's. 2 separate and people keep it that way.

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Okay. Now a question from Clear. You talked, talked a bit about the filming that, takes place in the town or has taken place in time.

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Happy Valley. I would I would say exactly what, Catherine said, do watch it if you haven't.

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It's amazing. How's the time compensated for the disruption? Because I suppose when you think about, I mean, we have lots of filming in Edinburgh here, but we're fairly large city.

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And in a small-time town like Hibden Bridge that that really must present some challenges.

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I think it sometimes it can. it seems to me when, I've been down because you know, I've been down and they've been filming, they seem to, when they block off streets, it's only tends to be a single street and they just film in there.

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And then it's opened up again. I think the, criteria of being able to block off streets is that they have to make sure that there's the buses can still get through and that people can actually get round the town.

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So generally speaking the streets are blocking off they're not they don't they don't ever block off the main road through the valley.

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That is never completely closed because it is such a busy road. Although there was filming a bit further out of Hebden Bridge, not so long ago, and they were using one of the houses on that main road and they did actually, they had traffic lights and they were just, they, they were just using one side of the off the road, but they wouldn't have got permission to

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take to close it completely because it would have caused far too much disruption. You know, to get round that would have been significant distances.

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It's not not that wouldn't happen. So generally speaking, it's the smaller streets and and they only really close off one street at a time to minimize the disruption.

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Probably more disruption is the fact that you've got the big lorries and the big vans and the taking up parking.

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Hmm, okay, right. And what we got next then, we still got a few minutes, from Angela, now you may have touched on this a little bit at the start, I'm not sure, but she's asking where does the name Hebden come from and is it connected at all with Heptan as in heptanstall?

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Oh, that's a question, isn't it? I have absolutely no idea actually. And I should know this because I have read this somewhere and I can't remember.

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So I honestly can't remember. It may well be a corruption of Hector. They may well have they may have a common denominator, but I wouldn't like to say I have no idea.

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I wouldn't wonder perhaps that's a question we can maybe take away and have a look at afterwards.

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Yes. I'll have a look at that afterwards. Yeah, no problem.

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Magic. Okay, right. Let's see what else we have before we finish. Oh, let's have a look.

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And right, this is a question from Sue. Now this is something I wasn't aware of.

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She's asking what happened to the mill at the center of the asbestos scandal.

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I do know that because I live in that village, that is where I live. That mail, was, demolished.

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Completely demolished. All of the everything from that mill has been buried in an area not too far from where I live and buried it's being capped with concrete and covered over it looks like it looks like field now but there is act that's where it is the whole site was so it was demolished, the whole site was cleared.

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It is currently It's just it's just grass at the moment. And I know the people who own it wanted to build on it.

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I cannot believe they tried to get permission because that was never going to happen because there is still asbestos in that soil even though the site's been cleaned.

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There will still be and if you start digging foundations you're going to get it back up.

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But the opposite that milk it was massive it was a massive mill opposite that mill was the canteen for the middle.

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And that does still exist and that was converted into into houses actually and you fact they are it is effectively back to back houses it's been converted into very very nicely done but if you look at that you think that was the mail because that's quite big in itself so it was a huge concern.

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People used to walk up from bridge and from the village is they used to walk up to work and they were there are paths that people would walk to work.

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It's a steep path. And my, my old next door neighbor grew up in this village.

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And he remembers waiting for the school bus in the winter. And they used to stand outside the vents.

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From the mill, from the asbestos mill because the venting was pumping out nice warm air and they used to stand under the vents.

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Okay, good.

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To keep warm waiting for the bus. And when you tell me that, he said, you know, if we'd known, if we'd known.

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So in the, obviously the accompanying, health conditions from working in the mill and from being exposed to.

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To the asbestos dust from maybe people in your family that worked in the mill, there are still many, many people suffering from.

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Hmm. Right, well I think we're out of time everybody. And thanks very much for that, Catherine.

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That was great. And what a picturesque and interesting place historically. It's a place I've always wanted to visit and I think I want to go now.

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You need to come and visit, Hmm.

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I hope everybody out there enjoyed that. And obviously don't forget to look out for your through your email tomorrow morning details of WEA courses coming up that you might be interested in.

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And so thanks again, Katherine.


Lecture 187 - Our star: The Sun

The Sun is all-important to us here on Earth - it influences so many aspects of our life and is the brightest object we can see in the sky. But, how did the Sun form and how old is it? How big is it and how does it compare with other stars? And just how do we know so much about the Sun and stars when we can't take actual samples?

Join WEA tutor Ann Bonell during Sun Awareness Week (6-12 May), to discover the answers to these questions and explore more about the Sun including sunspots, the aurora and what will happen to the Sun in the future. We’ll also find out how we can safely view the Sun and when we can next expect to see a solar eclipse.

Download the Q&A, useful links for further reading and forthcoming courses by the speaker here

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Okay, thank you very much Fiona. And thank you for the invitation to speak. Just trying to.

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There we are. Hopefully everyone can see, my slides.

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Yes, we can.

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There we are. The sum. Well, you don't even have to look at it on a screen today.

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Although, I mean, I'm very cautious when I talk about the weather because it may not be the case all over the UK but here in the Midlands it is a lovely sunny day and as Fiona said you know in my life I've got 2 sort of memorable astronomical events both of which as a result of the sun.

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So the aurora and eclipses. So I'm going to talk to you about the sun today and as Fiona said it's some awareness week okay.

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The sun is all important to us here on Earth. It influences so many aspects of our life and of course it is the brightest object we can see in the sky.

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And what I'm going to do in this afternoon is is. Yes, say something about how the sun's formed and how old it is.

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How big it is, how does it compare with the stars that we see in the night sky. And how do we know so much about the sun and stars when we can't take actual samples?

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So. The sun lies, you know, part of the, the solar system and it is by far the largest object.

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And there's an image of the sun on the, the right of the screen there. We're going to actually be seeing some very up-to-date images of the Sun later on because there's a lot happening on the Sun at the moment and I'll tell you about that and how you can find out.

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More information about that. But over and over well over 99% of the solar system's mass is tied up in the sun and it's roughly a hundred 9 times the and we could actually fit about a million Earths.

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Inside the volume of the sun. Now that just sort of big numbers aren't they but in a minute we have some nice diagrams illustrating this but if you want to know what it's sort of actual masses well it's nearly 2 times 10 to the power 30.

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Which is 2 followed by 30 zeros kilograms. Which is over 300,000 times the mass of the earth.

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And the actual diameter is about 1.4 million kilometers. 865,000 miles and as we've already said we could fit over a million Earths inside the volume of the Sun.

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But let's look at this from the point of view of diagrams. What we've got here is, diagrams showing the relative sizes of the Sun, Jupiter, the Earth, and Earth's moon.

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Now Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and we've got the sun here in the top right hand.

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Image. And the sun is so vast that we can't really show a reasonable scale representation of it in Jupiter.

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So we've just got, if you like, an arc of the sun there. And there's stupid.

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Okay. And if you put it another way, then there's the sun again. So we got all of us on this time, but we can fit about 10 or 11 Jupiter's across the diameter of the Sun.

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And when we come down here. Now what we're doing here is we're comparing the Earth.

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To Jupiter. And again we can get about 10 or 11 Jupiter. Sorry Earth's across the diameter of Jupiter.

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Like that, okay. So just give you some idea to the size of these objects and really how small the earth is compared with them.

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There is a feature on Jupiter called the Great Red Spot. And essentially what you're looking at there is the top of an enormous storm system, a sort of hurricane that's been going on.

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Jupiter but well the best part of 400 years probably longer but it's only in that period of time that we've had telescopes that have been able to see it.

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Okay, so, and you can see the Earth is this big spot, this atmospheric feature on Jupiter.

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You know, it compares very favorably with the size of the earth. And then over here just bringing things home a bit more.

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We've got the earth and the moon. So I think we've got about 10 or 11 moons across there.

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That would fit across 3 Earths. So hopefully that's given you some idea of the sort of scale.

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The objects that we're talking about.

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Okay. And again, just another because I do love the scale diagram. So I think it's Very, sorry, I moved this slide on one snake, okay.

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I'm just trying to get rid of that's it. Here you've got the, yeah, the smaller planets.

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Venus. Earth and Venus are pretty much the same size. And then you've got Mars.

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Mars is only about half the size of the Earth. And then you've got mercury and then Pluto which is best described these days as a dwarf planet but if we come down here We've got the sun again with the planets.

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And you'll see that you know the earth is again very tiny. Compared with the sun. So hopefully that set the scene for what we're dealing with.

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The sun is, about 150 million kilometers. 93 million miles from the earth.

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And that's a very important distance. This is the mean distance. That distance is the basis of what we call the astronomical unit.

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Which provides us the means of A scale if you like.

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But in fact, that is, as I said, an average or mean distance. In fact, the Earth's orbit around the Sun, like those of the other planets, is elliptical.

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And in fact, we are closest to the sun in January and furthest away in July. Of course you know it's not the the actual distance that determines the seasons it is the tilt of the Earth's axis and it just so happens that in July the northern hemisphere where we are is tilting more towards the sun so that's why it's summer.

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And this distance here, light, traveling at 300,000 kilometers per second or 186,000 miles per second takes over 8 min to reach the earth.

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So at the moment I'm looking outside. And all that light has taken 8 min to get here.

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The surface temperature of the Sun is about 5,700 Celsius. Now the sun itself doesn't have a surface in the perhaps the normal understanding of the word.

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And it's not a solid body, but really it's a sort of temperature of the outer layers and I'm sure there's got to be some specific definition relating to that.

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Because it's not a solid body, different parts of the Sun rotate over at different speeds.

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And so the average rotation period of the Sun is just over 25 days.

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No. Where's the sun in relation to other styles? Again, I've got a diagram of this in a minute, but the distance from the center of our galaxy is about 27,000 light years.

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And the light here is the distance that light would travel in one year. And again, I quoted you the philosophers for the erosity of light a few minutes ago.

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But essentially a light year is just under 6 million miles. Or 9 million kilometers. But you know they're just enormous numbers with lots of knots on the end so that's why astronomers like to use the light tier.

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So it takes light, you know, about 27,000 years to travel from the center of our galaxy to the sun.

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And I'll come onto the diagram now, but I'm going to talk about the time it takes for the sun to revolve once around the center of our galaxy.

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And that is, well, you see various figures quoted for this. And I think a lot of the numbers I'm telling you to.

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But it takes about 225 million years to complete one circuit of the centre of our galaxy and that is referred to as the cosmic year.

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And the age of the sun is approximately, you know, between 4 and a half and 5 billion years old.

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So it's big numbers everywhere you look.

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But it's a galaxy. The galaxy, we use to apply to a collection of stars and they're associated planets and moons and the associated planets and moons and all the the dust.

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And everything is bound together by a gravity. And you can see there's the center of our galaxy.

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Galaxies come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and our galaxy is what we call a spiral galaxy.

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And you can see you know the spiral shape there. It's a bit like a Catherine wheel.

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Now we're not in the center of the galaxy, which is just as well because there is an enormous black hole there.

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But we're sort of somewhere out here. In one of these spiral arms. And the distance that we are out It takes, as I said, this cosmic year, about 225 million years to complete one circuit of the galaxy.

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Now, to put this into perspective. And again, I'm going to use nice sort of round numbers just to make the maths a bit more obvious.

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Well, 225 million years. Let's call that 240.

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It may even be 240, I don't know, but, you know, these numbers are, estimates.

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Now, the dinosaurs, now everyone knows that the dinosaurs met their demise about 65 million years ago.

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Okay, well instead of saying 65, let's say 60. Because 60 goes into 240 nicely doesn't it?

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So it's a quarter of that, isn't it? 60 million years ago is a quarter of 240 million years.

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So what I'm trying to say here is the sun in its journey around the center of the galaxy.

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It was only a quarter of a cosmic year ago that the dinosaurs died out. And so I think that gives you some idea of the enormous periods of time that we are talking about.

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No, we've seen how the sun compares with the planets and, but how does it compare with other stars?

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Well, I've put on this slide here. A selection of stars. Some of you, if you go out and you're familiar with some of the constellations, you may be familiar with these, stars.

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Battle Girls or Beetle Juice is the bright red star in the constellation of Orion, you know, it's visible over the winter months.

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And, is an even bigger star that's visible in the summer months as we look south, it's in the constellation of Scorpius and we've got other styles here.

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Again, you may be familiar with some of these, but where's the sum? Oh dear.

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You see it's just that sort of tiny little, well I suppose pixel there. So compared with a lot of other stars Our sun is very small.

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Now, before this starts to give everyone an inferiority complex. Let's look at this.

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I'm sorry, sometimes, okay, now this is another one of these images showing the relative sizes of images showing the relative sizes of bodies.

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And we've got the sun in the top left-hand corner there. But what we got down here?

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Well, we've got this star here. Glza 2 2 9 a. Glees is a catalog number.

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It's named after an astronomer who investigated some of these styles, I think it early on in the 20th century.

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But this is a type of star called a red dwarf. Red dwarfs are in fact the most common type of star in the galaxy.

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Probably about 80% of the stars in our galaxy are these very small red 12 stars

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And, can actually hold its head up a bit. Yes, it's dwarfed by, you know, some of these giants that we looked at on the last slide, but it is larger than, you know, most of the, the stars in the galaxy, these red dwarfs.

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And it's also interesting that you can also get much lower mass, much cooler stars called brown dwarfs.

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But I'm not going to go into those the nature of those today, but hopefully that's, as I said, restored some of the son's pride in the pecking order of the stars.

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Okay, well what's it made of then? Well, the sun is composed primarily of 2 elements of hydrogen and helium.

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Hydrogen is the lightest element and it's the most abundant element in the universe. And helium is the second most abundant element in the universe.

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Now we know that these days, but it was only about a hundred years ago that these sort of facts became definite.

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Because before that, Strumbers just didn't know what made up the sun.

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It was obviously producing a lot of heat. So was it made of wood? Was it made of cold?

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And in the 19th century people were doing, you know, quite a few calculations. On this, they knew what the, you know, size of the sun was if it was made of coal, how long would it take for that coal to burn?

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It was made of wood, etc. So lots of, You know, calculations were going on, but it wasn't until the 19 twenties when, a woman astronomer, called Cecilia Panka Poshkin, and she was carrying out analysis of the light of stars and the sun and I'll say a bit more about that later on and she came to this conclusion that the

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sun and the stars were made primarily of these 2 elements and in fact it that was such a revolutionary thought at the time that these results were in put in her PhD thesis and because her PhD examiner that was indeed a very notable astronomer.

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He didn't quite go along with this. She had to sort of tone her results down. But even, you know, 2, 3 years later, this noted astronomer.

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Also said, along with this view, okay. So the last 100 years we've known that. And hydrogen makes up about 74% of the mass of the Sun.

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Helium accounts for 24% and the rest is made up of basically it's a mix of the other chemical elements.

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Obviously, you know, important ones and things like oxygen, carbon, neon and iron. But you know, it's a very small amount of those in the sun.

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And, you know, it's now established that, hydrogen and helium were made in the the Big Bang.

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When the universe came into being according to that theory. And the other elements, the oxygen, the carbon, the carbon that make you know you've got in every, you know, cell of your your body.

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And they were made up. By nuclear reactions that go on inside stars. And I'm not going to go into

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The in details that this afternoon okay but a lot of the heavier elements were formed in the cause of older.

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Now sort of long dead stars, many of them would have exploded and their contents would have been spread across the the neighboring universe and they would have collected together in molecular clouds.

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And it would material would have been recycled. And a star like the Sun was born. So, you know, interesting thought that, you know, we're all part of a big cosmic recycling experiment.

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You know, the oxygen we're breathing. That was, you know, the atoms that make those oxygen molecules up were formed actually billions of years ago.

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And if like me you're having a drink at the moment, you know, got some water there.

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The hydrogen in that water, yes. You know, came from the big bang. But the oxygen atoms We'll do been called in a later generation of stars.

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Well, how old is the sun? Well, it's a middle-aged star. It's approximately 4.6 billion years old.

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The universe. Well, you know, probably a currently accepted estimate for the age of the universe is about 13.8 billion years.

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So the Sun isn't 1 of the original inhabitants of the universe. It's probably sort of, you know, something like second or 3rd generation star.

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Well, how does stars form? Well, in the, when we look out into the cosmos, Even today there are large clouds of very cold gas dust.

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That's sorry, gas and dust. That gas is a lot of hydrogen in that with some helium.

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And if one of these Just clean there, styles that sort of exploded that have been traces of the other elements in there.

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And something happens to perhaps disturb this what we call molecular cloud to make it start contracting and it continues to contract under its gravity and if you like we get little pockets of stars formed.

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And when a body of gas contracts under its own gravity, it gets smaller, the pressure and the temperature in the central part will increase.

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And eventually if we've got enough mass that's contracted then the temperature can rise and pressure can increase so much.

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That we can actually get what we call nuclear fusion. And that's what's going on in the core of the sun and other styles that we see.

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As I said, I've just skimmed over that's a lot more detail that, you know, perhaps maybe might better look at that another time, okay?

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But what's going on in the sun at the moment in the core of the sun, the very central part?

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That the element hydrogen is being converted to helium.

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Okay. These particular reactions produce the energy that's released by the Sun. Because as these hydrogen nuclei and it is the nucleus, the central part of the atom that fuse together and they're able to do that at the very high temperatures and pressures in the boar as they fuse together it produces helium and as I said that produces energy that's released by the Sun.

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No, when the hydrogen nuclei about overall for hydrogen fused together to give you the nucleus of a helium atom, a bit of mass is lost.

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And in fact, it's that mass that's converted to energy. But this is an amazing fact.

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And every time I say it, I always have to check it that I haven't got it wrong.

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But every second as a result of these nuclear fusion reactions the sun loses. 4 million tons in mass.

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4 million tons every second. So, have been talking and you think, well, that's a lot.

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It's been talking and you think, well that's a lot, it's not going to last long, but when you think back it was 2 times 10 to the power 30 kg.

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If you do the maths the sun's still got a lot of life left in it so don't worry about it.

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It's not something going to turn itself off. Now, this is sort of, you know, diagram, is this an artist's impression of course, representing the formation of the, the sun because this big molecular cloud.

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Once it started to sort of contract. You've got the central star in the middle but there would have been a lot of dusty material around and you know so these sort of been very small particles brains and it's from these that essentially the planets will have formed but I'm not going to go into sort of planetary formation tonight.

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No. I said that that was an artist's impression, so I mean, anyone could have painted that, however, with, you know, some of these very powerful orbiting telescopes.

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Like the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.

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They've imaged. You know, systems that, you know, could look like that.

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The images aren't as good as that, but obviously they're open to interpretation, but this does seem to be a good picture.

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Okay, so the sun formed from a big molecular cloud. And no, well, there's absolutely little doubt that other stars would have formed from that molecular cloud at the same time.

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To form a cluster of stars. When we look out into the universe, in our galaxy, we do see lots of clusters of stars.

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But you know, remember I said the sun was moving around the galaxy. These clusters would move around the galaxy.

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And over a period of time they get disrupted so no doubt the sun you know has siblings but they long ago parted company because as the cluster moved around the galaxy there would have been interactions with other clouds of gas and, the cluster would have broken up.

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So our sun is now on its own.

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Now, when we talk about these nuclear reactions going on inside the core of a star, we call them burning. Okay.

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So the sun has been converting hydrogen to helium. Yeah, the last 4.5 billion years and it's expected to continue shining in the same way for another 5 billion years or so.

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But, it's only in the core that these reactions occur and we've got, we'll have an expanded view of the sun later on.

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But once those reactions in the core stop. And the hydrogen once the hydrogen is used up. Then.

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There's another process that goes on. The core will contract. And becomes very hot, it becomes hot enough to use helium as a fuel and that will enable the sun to form heavier elements in its core like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen.

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But it does mean that because this core is so hot, the outer layers of the star expand. The sun will become a red giant.

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And this again is an artist's impression of what the sun will look like as a red giant.

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It's, again, one estimate is that the diameter will be 2 astronomical units.

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Remember I said the astronautical unit is the Earth Sun distance when the sun becomes a red giant It'll probably expand out so that, you know, it's outer layers.

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Are about twice as far from the sun. Then the Earth currently is. And again, you've got this diagram here.

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Again, we've got an arc of the red giant sun and that's what the sun looks like at the moment.

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And this word main sequence star, it really means it's just using hydrogen as its fuel. Okay, so that's the sun as it is.

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Okay. So. Yeah, but don't worry about that.

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As I said, it's not gonna happen for another sort of 5 billion years. But in these red giants The outer atmosphere is very tenuous and after a period of time the outer atmosphere gets blown away into space and again becomes probably part of a cosmic recycling experiment and it means that in the central part there, and again I'm not going to go into the details, but we're left with what's called

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a white dwarf star. And, I'll come back to that in a minute.

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You know a white 12 star is a very compact, very dense form of matter. Roughly around the same size as the Earth.

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So there's our current son. It will then expand to become a red giant. And then after a long period of time, it'll become a white dwarf.

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White tours aren't producing any, they're not undergoing nuclear reactions, but they are incredibly hot because of the stored energy there.

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But if eventually they they cool down, they will radiate and eventually they become what we call a black dwarf.

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But no black dwarfs have been detected because the universe hasn't existed long enough for them to to form.

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And Just going back to the, the red giant stage. This obviously has implications for the planets in the, the solar system.

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And this at the top there you've got the current solar system. So you've got Mercury and Venus.

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And then you've got the earth in what's called the habitable zone. And Mars in there as well.

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Can you see Miles there? You know, that's really the region around which liquid water can exist on, planets.

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Although with mars, you know, doesn't appear to be any liquid water as that there as such, but no doubt there has been liquid water on Mars in the past.

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But what happens when the sun expands? Well, it's sort of good by Earth and Mars and the habitable zone would extend out here.

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But you know, Jupiter and Saturn have got a very different composition than the rocky Earth and Mars.

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And but it may well mean that you know perhaps some of these moons of Jupiter I mean one of the moon of Saturn called Titan does actually have a nitrogen atmosphere on it.

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So you know people are looking at this at what's going to happen but Anyway, but as I said, you know, it's, Goodbye and life on Earth.

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Right, so how hot is the sun then? Well, I said that the, surface temperature, well, again, I think, sorry, than the figure I quoted before, but about 5.5,000 degrees.

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That's the surface, okay? But in the core where these nuclear fusion reactions occur, it's estimated to be 15 million degrees.

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Okay. And some also has an outer atmosphere called the corona. And that's the temperature there gets up to a few 1 million degrees.

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And that's been one of the big problems really for solar astronomers to try and explain why this corona, the very outer atmosphere, has got such a high temperature.

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And the Corona itself again is very tenuous, but it's believed to be, you know, tied up with some sort of magnetic activity there.

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Thank you. Bye, the little, you know, cut away model of the sun, if you like.

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Now, this the court though, to see the court in the center there. That's where all the energy is produced.

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And once that energy is produced, it's got to get to the outer atmosphere. And then as I said, it takes 8 min to get from there to the earth.

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No. Once the energy has been produced inside the core, then as I said these zones that the energy at the photons if you like have got to get through and it's a bit of a struggle getting through some of these because on the time.

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These little packets of energy these photons are colliding with other particles so they don't have a straight path through and it's estimated that it can take about a hundred 1,000 years.

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For a little packet of energy, one of these photons to get from the core to the outer layers of the sun a hundred 1,000 years but then of course I say it's just straight 8 min to earth there are other features that, yeah, so that's the, and the inner part of the sun.

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Then there's the, the sort of photosphere. Which is what we look at that's the surface of the sun.

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But there are lots of other interesting features that can be seen on the Sun if you've got the right equipment.

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I mentioned this Corona, this outer atmosphere. The only time you can see that is during a total eclipse of the sun.

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But all these other features like sunspots and flares. So let's have a quick look at those.

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Okay, so there's just a bit more about the call and perhaps a close-up of that diagram.

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And the core is about, you know, 20 to 25% of the sun's radius.

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I mentioned the Corona. Okay. The Corona, if you look at a picture that's many clips of the sun, it's this sort of white, lovely white, white feature around the sun there, okay.

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And I'm sure a lot of you looked at the images from the recent April the 8th total eclipse of the Sun that was visible from parts of North America.

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And in this diagram here. You can see this pearly white. Thin cloud around the edge of the sun.

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That is the Corona, the very outer atmosphere. But you can also see. These, if you like, things sticking out, these, we call these prominences.

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And these are tied up with the. The magnetic activity of the the sun. Sun is actually a very violent place.

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I'll just click that for now actually. But just talking about eclipses, when can you next see a solar eclipse from the UK?

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Well, the good news is There will be several opportunities over the next few years to see good partial eclipses from the UK.

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And in less than a year's time, March the 29, th 2025. Okay, a mid morning partial eclipse.

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And how much of the sun is covered depends on, you know, from where in the UK you observe it.

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But even better, we can wait until 2026 and even better partial eclipse will occur from the UK on the 12th of August that year.

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And in parts of the UK, particularly I think the sort of western and southern parts, 90% of the sun will be obscured.

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But if you want to see a total eclipse you need to go to Spain, northern Spain, parts of Portugal and Iceland, that sort of shaded swathe across that map there.

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Shows you the areas from which the total eclipse. And I think this one, and we'll see a partially clips.

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So that's good. But you want to see a total eclipse, don't you, from the UK?

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Well, It's 2090. September the 23.rd lovely image of the corona again in that image there.

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But, the be a line across southern England. Yes, sunset. And you know just think about what you'll be doing then but before I go on to my next slide I'll just say that with this and Corona here the reason we can't see it with a naked eye at any time apart from doing a total solar eclipse is of course you know it's it's

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swamped by the brightness of the sun. Good. Anyway, what will you be doing in 2090?

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Well, I will be pushing up daisies. I'm convinced of that. But What about analysing the light from the sun?

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How do you do that? Well this uses a technique called spectroscopy. And what we find is that, this enables us to feel, think of, the chemical elements in the sun's, atmosphere.

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Because each chemical element in the sun gives us this unique fingerprint of lines in the spectrum. And by comparing these with samples in the lab, astronomers can deduce the elements present in stars.

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So unlike a biologist who can go out and, you know, pick a throb, frog from a pond and, you know, examine it.

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Or a botanist who can take a daffodil and examine it. Astronomers can't do that.

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They have to use some very clever indirect means. And in spectroscopy. Now you'll all be familiar perhaps with, you know, experiments that patch you did at school where you pass light through a prism ordinary white light.

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And it splits it up into, well, whip you like the colors of the rainbow. This sort of continuum.

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But each of these colors corresponds to light of a different wavelength. Down the bottom here you can see that red light Okay, has got a longer wavelength than the blue light.

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And that means that they've got different energies.

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Now, what happens if a astronomers use this technique on the sun and the stars? They don't only get the sort of rainbow background.

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If you've got, you know, good enough equipment, you'll find that it's some spectrum is crossed.

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By these dark lines and these are called absorption lines. And it's these that help us to detect the elements that are there.

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So for instance those 2 lines there. A very characteristic of sodium. If I see that in the spectrum of a star, I know that the sodium present in its atmosphere.

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So what's happening with these dark lines is that as the energy is released from these very hot core of the sun.

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It passes up through the cooler outer layers where you've got various atoms. And these atoms can absorb some of this energy.

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And as I said, Bye.

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And, you know, sodium atom always gives rise to those lines. It doesn't give rise to that line there because that's due to calcium.

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It's not due to the sort of makeup of the the atom, okay, which I'm not going to go into.

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But this is an invaluable way of, you know, as strummers getting information about the chemical composition of the sun and stars and also it can tell us information about temperature.

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Because again, just, you know, according to the species that give rise to what we call these absorption lines.

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And now, this is actually, the spectrum of the sun. So it's very, very complicated.

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And this is, if you like, an extremely long step, and it's been broken down into strips and then one strip placed on top of the other.

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But, you know, the spectroscopists are able to identify these and identify what, you know, the species that are present in the sun.

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So an extremely valuable technique. And in fact, the element helium was actually discovered in the sun before it's found on Earth because in the late I think it was the late 18 sixties.

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The Pierre Jansen and Sir Norman Lockyer in this country. They found lines in the spectrum of the sun that couldn't be associated with any element known at the time.

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So they thought, you know, it's a new element and they gave it the name Helium from the Greek word helios, meaning sun.

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And there's the Norman Lock here. Now if you're ever down in Devon in Sidmouth There is the Norman Lockyer Observatory.

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I think you have to get in touch with them to it's not open every day or anything like that, but you know get in touch with them.

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It's well worth a visit. I think it's run by a society, but I think they've got some of luckier original instruments there.

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Obviously observing the sun never look at the sun directly through any form of optical aid or with an unprotected naked eye because doing so Well.

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Results in I damage. One way that you can observe what's going on in the sun is to project the image of the sun through a telescope or binoculars onto a piece of white card.

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But check 1st of all that your telescope is suitable to this. But a good way might be to contact your local astronomical to society, see if they can arrange some sort of solar viewing sessions.

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Sunspots. What are sunspots then? Well, these are temporary spots on the surface of the Sun and they're darker than the surrounding area.

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And that's why they appeared darker because they're cooler than the the region around. And Awesome.

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The sun's got a very powerful magnetic field and these lines of force can become tangled. And if they come tangled just below the surface, it can stop some of the energy that's being released in, you know, the lower regions of the sun from escaping from that particular region.

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And so the area above it appears cooler and appears darker. Now, this is quite exciting at the moment.

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Now, this, there's a big sunspot group on the sun at the moment and it's there.

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That was the sun on Tuesday.

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That was the sun yesterday. Okay, so you see that Southport group has moved. Appears to have moved due to the rotation of the Sun and that's it today.

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I took that off about half an hour before the talk. Okay, so you can see that sunspot that is a big one.

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So again, if you know what you're doing it you could project that or even if you've got some eclipse glasses it's reckoned that this is big enough to be seen with a protected naked eye.

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And they reckon that this is about 15 times wider than the earth. And people are comparing it with a very famous event that took place in 1,859 called the Carrington event.

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When, where there was an enormous spot on the sun. And this is Carrington's diagram superimposed against this one.

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And this was such an active sun spot because, you know, when you've got an active sunspot like this, it's spewing out material all the time.

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And in fact in 1,859 as a result of this sunspot the aurora was visible.

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Down to the equator. Absolutely amazing. But I think these days an event like that would cause a lot of disruption.

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With satellites and, you know, so much technology we rely on. If you're interested in those images, look on this website.

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So, It's a wonderful website but it does have a daily image of the sun and at the moment there's a video on there that actually shows what we call a solar flare or a or mass ejection, the sun spewing out this material and sending it towards us.

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It might cause aurora's hit when I shouldn't think, you know, you know, we might see them from the UK, but certainly in more you know, very northly regions or southerly regions, they're likely to.

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The rotation period of the sun can be determined by observing sunspots. Again, I think we saw it on those images.

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I had of Tuesday, Wednesday and today. There's a big sunspot group. So people can work out how long, you know, the rotation period of the sun is.

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Oh yes, this animation does work. So there's spots. The position of them rotating around the sun

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And that was the largest sun spot group that people have recorded seen in 1947. And that there does appear to be a cycle in the number of these sunspots, they vary over time and it's approximately 11 years.

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So you've got these peaks here in Sunspot numbers plotted against date. It's roughly 11 years sometimes it's as short as 7 might be as long as 14 okay But there was a period back here, the late

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Early 18th century when there were very few spots on the Sun and that's called the mourned a minimum.

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And it also coincided with very cold weather in northern Europe. Sometimes called the Little Ice Age.

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And you know people do try and relate sunspot numbers to well climate weather and other things as well.

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I'll skip that for now because of the time. Now this is interesting.

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Because back in 1128 One of these, Okay, This is supposed to be, this is from his chronicles.

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This is reported to be the oldest known diagram for sunspot. Now how did he see it?

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He didn't have telescopes. You can see naked eyes sunspots sometimes if there's a thin mist, but they would have to be big sunspots.

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So that's what they reckon. And now I think, you know, that's a spot and that's a spot.

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Okay. But what is of interest is that a few years ago some astronomers at Durham and Warwick universities.

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They matched John's diagram up, so done in 1128, with reports that appeared. In a Korean manuscript in the 12th century because the reports of I mean this Korean manuscript was very carefully dated.

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Appear from Korea. In, well, must have been 1128 and they've tied the 2 events sent together.

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So I think that's sort of amazing. Looking back in, records can give us information about astronomical events.

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And I mentioned people trying to tie sun spots up with other events. Well, this is, someone tried to link sunspot numbers to.

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Recession years in the economy. Well. All that. I'll let you investigate that one, further, but.

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As I said, I've seen all sorts of things, people have tried to correlate with sunspots.

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Anyway, so there's the sun itself. And, you know, one of these flares that that takes place.

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Where material is spewed from the sun often associated with them sunspots and some of these they're called eruptive prominences the material is spewed out but it haven't got enough force or it's captured by the sun's magnetic field and pulls it back in.

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But these prominences can be very big. There's 1 of them compared with the earth.

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And, this, is some, well, there's a spacecraft called Soho, which is able to, you know, take images of the sun with the sort of central bright bit shaded out.

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But this this shows material and so if you go into space weather. Calm you'll see this recent one that happened a day or so ago.

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So lots of material spewed out. And of course, if this material reaches the Earth, It can, again, I'm putting this very simplistically, but these, charged particles from the sun, very energetic.

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Can interact with the molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. These molecules, because of this sort of collision, they gain a bit of energy, but that's unstable.

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And then the molecules release this energy in the form of colored light and that's when you see the aurora.

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So the colors you get depend on, you know, whether it's the oxygen or the nitrogen.

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I think it's also, you know, whereabouts in the atmosphere the interaction occurs. But there's a nice one.

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And there's a very nice one as well. Now, whether we're going to see anything over the next few days, I don't know, but look on a website like space weather that would give you an indication.

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And that the trouble is, you know, now it's some You know, the evenings are a lot lighter.

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We're not getting some of those truly dark. You know, evening so it would be more difficult to see the aurora but that's not to say it's impossible so and they're very good on the weather forecast these days I think telling you if there's likely to be an aurora so I wish you luck in them seeing that and I hope I've given you a flavor of

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what goes on in the Sun. It's the nearest star. We know a lot about it but there's still an awful lot we don't know but of course we base what we know about the sun that we can, you know.

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You know pass that on to our knowledge of the other stars so a lot of what we know about stars comes from our knowledge of the sun.

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So thank you very much for your attention. I hope you found it interesting and I hope the sun is shining on you.

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Thanks very much, Anne. Let's go straight to some questions. We've got about 10 min, so.

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There's a couple of questions from Frederick actually. There was an image that you showed quite early on of our galaxy and showed the location of Earth, I think.

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The sum, the sum. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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The sun. Was the location of the sun, cause that was what Frederick was asking about.

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So, Luke, I hope that answers your question, because that photo was the location of the sun.

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But she's also asking about, if you could talk a little bit, little bit about and explain the difference between the Milky Way galaxy and the solar system and the sort of How they relate to each other.

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Right, okay. The solar system, consists of the sun and the planets, okay, and the planets orbit the solar system.

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Sorry, the planets all bit the sun. I mean, there's other things, you know, apart from planets in the solar system, of course.

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But, in our Milky Way galaxy is composed of billions of stars, many billions of stars and almost certainly many of those.

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Stars do have planets. So if you like, the galaxy is probably made up of mini solar systems.

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It's a bit like in the UK, you know, we've got this big land mass, but it's made up of towns and countries.

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So in some ways, sorry, towns and cities, the towns and cities are like the solar systems and the UK is like the Milky Way.

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And I'll probably be seeing if it's Federica that I'm thinking of Frederica.

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I know her. I'm probably seeing her later on. So, I can perhaps answer that in a bit more detail if that helps.

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Okay, thanks very much. And we have another question from Joe. And we talked quite a lot towards the end there about the Sun's Corona.

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Do we have any kind of idea as to how thick that is?

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I think so, yes.

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By, thick, if you mean the extent of it, that there is, yeah, okay, it varies.

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I don't know offhand. No, I don't enough hand. I can look that up, but I know it does vary according to whereabouts in this solar cycle we are, you know, we've got a lot of sunspots.

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We're solar maximum. And when there are fewer sunspots and it is tied up with this you know the sun's magnetic field but I can look that up I'm sure it is known but I don't know if hand at the moment but it is varying because if you look at the pictures of the sun taken during total solar eclipses, different total solar eclipses, sometimes there's a very

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small corona, sometimes it's very expensive. So it does vary.

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Well, maybe try and get a bit more information on that. Start the recording and afterwards. So.

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Okay, yeah. Yeah.

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I am now, what else do we have? No, from David. He's asking about helium and neon.

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That's correct.

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He understood them to be an art gases. Can you tell us a bit more about those? Do they burn, etc?

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Could you explain that a little bit?

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No, they don't burn. Yes, if you look on a periodic table, and because this is my other speciality, I am a chemist, because this is my other speciality, I am a chemist actually, I'm a chemist actually, because this is my other speciality, I am a chemist actually, so, they are, you know, down the very right

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hand side of the, the periodic table. And yes, I called the inert gases or noble gases because they don't react with you know other elements under normal conditions and some of them you can force to react with under low temperatures with some elements like oxygen and fluorine.

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But as I said, it's not under normal conditions. So yes, they they are very unreactive.

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Alright, okay, there you go, David. Now, what else do we have for you? Let me just scroll up and down here.

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Right. From Andrew. Would you be able to tell us a little bit about solar wind?

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Right, okay. The solo wind, and this is something that is, we've seen that, you know, the sun is, it's got an active surface and all the time it is ejecting, or charged particles.

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Okay. And, you know, they, travel off, you know, from the sun and that is called the solar wind.

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And said that is just a natural sort of consequence of these, of stars. Like the sun but when You know, the density of this does vary.

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And you know, sometimes there are more particles, again, because there's higher activity on the sun, but it is essentially a stream of.

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You know, charge particles that, the sun is constantly producing.

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Okay, there we go. And Andrew. A question from Robin. Now this feels a little bit like a million dollar question.

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Oh, right. Okay. Do I get a million dollars if I answer it?

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How many galaxies are in the universe? That's a bit the tricky one probably I think.

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Oh, yes. Well. It is. And that being, you know, discovered all the time.

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I mean, I think if you looked at trillions, you know, it's that sort of order I think because you know some galaxies are very large.

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And so, you know, through our telescopes, they're easy to detect.

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But some are actually very faint. Our Milky Way galaxy, actually is part of what we call the local group.

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This whole sort of cluster of these and some of these galaxies are very faint that even though they're close to us, it's very difficult to discern them against the background stars.

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And of course we've, you know, the, with the James Webb, you know, Space Telescope, that is also, you know, finding you know, galaxies much further back in time.

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So, I think if you went for about a trillion, then I think that is As I understand it, that's a reasonable estimate, but.

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You know, who knows?

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It's quite staggering, isn't it?

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And again, I think it's 1 of these numbers that's going to increase because, you know, the, the, the, great our ability to detect these, we can detect painter ones and more of them.

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Yeah. Yeah. Okay, now here is a question from Jillian. Why are we only in the 25th solar cycle if the solar minimums and maximums occur every few years?

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Is it just to do with when modern records began?

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It is, that's exactly it, yes, that's right. Because although, you know, I showed that picture that John of Worcester did in the, the 12th century.

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It wasn't really until the 17th century that, when people used the telescope that they were able to see that yes there were spots on some you know quite a lot of the time and then it would probably been a few years after that that some would have said well, you know, maybe we ought to try and sort of catalog these and see about the pattern.

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One of the slides that I slipped over, there was a German astronomer called Schaba in the 19th century and he observed the sun over a long period of time and he came up with this idea that you know the numbers varied.

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Over time, but I think that's it. You know, we, you know, it was just an arbitrary date that someone decided to, you know, start recording these properly from.

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Okay, right. I think we may have got to the end of our questions there. And so thanks again for that, and it's absolutely fascinating stuff and it's quite Just some of the figures we've been talking about here, distances, temperatures, sizes, it's quite mind boggling.

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And to think of some of these objects that are up there alongside us. So I hope everybody Out there enjoyed that I certainly did and don't forget to look out in your for your email tomorrow, and that we've been sending out the details of other WEA courses that we've got coming up that you may be interested in.

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And so thanks again, Anne.