Shropshire Bedlams

Dear Friends
The Albion Chronicles
Wolfe (One Last Time)
Shropshire Bedlams
Albion Heart
Albion Folk
The Written Word
Sway With Me
Hard Cash
Life's Little Ironies
The Dorsetshire Labourer
The Transports
25 Years Later
The Road To Colchester
A Daughter of Albion
Rupert Bear
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Poor Murdered Woman
In Merstham Tunnel
The Murder of Maria Marten
Grace Notes
They Called Her Babylon
Sweet Themmes Run Softly
The Albion River Hymn
Hark The Village Wait
Hark! The Village Wait: Lyrics and Notes
Stories I Have Tried To Write
Swan Arcade
Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy
Two Unsolved
John 'Babbacombe' Lee
The Summer Before The War
Meet On The Ledge
Mr Fox
A Picture of Britain
Elegy Written In A Country Church Yard
The Duck Race
Morris Off

and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish

Bishop's Castle On Line

Or John Kirkpatrick
and Local History Unleashed

John Kirkpatrick

From the late 1960s John has been at the very forefront of innovative folk in Britain, and has played with......well it'd be easier to list who John hasn't played with.......He is regarded as one of the major figures of the English folk scene, and is much acclaimed as a musician, composer, singer, and songwriter.
John Kirkpatrick was born in Chiswick, West London in 1947. A deep love of music was instilled from birth, and family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song. School choirs, the Church choir, playing recorder and piano ensues, until he joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, in their second week, in 1959.

Whilst with the team he took up the melodeon, then the button accordion, then the anglo concertina, and got hooked on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a post-dancing pint.

John has gone on to become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

He rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre productions of "Lark Rise" and "Candleford", and from 1980 has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he had four sons by his first marriage. Now happily re-married, he still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with the Morris team he founded in 1975,

The Shropshire Bedlams

Now....what we're about here is what we've been about, elsewhere, tracking down and listing all we can find, on John and morris dancing and morris sides in general, in the form of links, which, once more, you'll find to your right....along with other links to things Shropshire

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Shropshire Bedlams &
Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish
Morris dancing teams. Shropshire Bedlams (men)
and Martha Rhoden's (women)
meet every Tuesday 8pm - 10pm
 for practices at the Three Tuns Inn, Bishop's Castle
and the village hall, Lydbury North.
New dancers are always welcome.
Three Tuns Inn,
Salop Street,
Bishop's Castle,
Lee Horrocks
phone: 01588 680364
for further information

Three Tuns Brewery Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Wilfred Owen.1893-1918


Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born on 18th March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, son of Tom and Susan Owen. After the death of his grandfather in 1897 the family moved to Birkenhead (Merseyside). His education began at the Birkenhead Institute, and then continued at the Technical School in Shrewsbury when the family were forced to move there in 1906-7 when his father was appointed Assistant Superintendent for the Western Region of the railways. Already displaying a keen interest in the arts, Owen's earliest experiments in poetry began at the age of 17. After failing to attain entrance to the University of London, he spent a year as a lay assistant to the Revd. Herbert Wigan at Dunsden before leaving for Bordeaux, France, to teach at the Berlitz School of English. During the latter part of 1914 and early 1915 Owen became increasingly aware of the magnitude of the War and he returned to England in September 1915 to enlist in the Artists' Rifles a month later. He received his commission to the Manchester Regiment (5th Battalion) in June 1916, and spent the rest of the year training in England.1917 in many ways was the pivotal year in his life, although it was to prove to be his penultimate. In January he was posted to France and saw his first action in which he and his men were forced to hold a flooded dug-out in no-man's land for fifty hours whilst under heavy bombardment. In March he was injured with concussion but returned to the front-line in April. In May he was caught in a shell-explosion and when his battalion was eventually relieved he was diagnosed as having shell-shock ('neurasthenia'). He was evacuated to England and on June 26th he arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. Had Owen not arrived at the hospital at that time one wonders what might have happened to his literary career, for it was here that he met Siegfried Sassoon who was also a patient. Sassoon already had a reputation as a poet and after an awkward introduction he agreed to look over Owen's poems. As well as encouraging Owen to continue, he introduced him to such literary figures as Robert Graves (a friend of Sassoon's) which in turn, after his release from hospital, allowed Owen to mix with such luminaries as Arnold Bennett and H. G. Wells. The period in Craiglockhart, and the early part of 1918, was in many ways his most creative, and he wrote many of the poems for which he is remembered today. In June 1918 he rejoined his regiment at Scarborough and then in August he returned to France. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Amiens, but was killed on the 4th November whilst attempting to lead his men across the Sambre canal at Ors. The news of his death reached his parents on November 11th 1918, the day of the armistice.

Wilfred Owen: the write stuff @ the BBC

Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
-Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds

Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden

Ellis Peters. 1913 - 1995

Ellis Peters. 1913 - 1995

llis Peters was the pen name of Edith Pargeter, she was born on September 28 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire. The prolific and popular author of the Brother Cadfael medieval mystery series and scores of other books and novels. Although best known for her internationally bestselling Cadfael books, she also produced contemporary mysteries such as the Inspector Felse series, current affairs novels, historical novels such as the acclaimed Heaven Tree trilogy, and translations of Czech classics into English. She received numerous honors during her lifetime: the British Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger awards, an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America, an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth, and an honorary MA from Birmingham University, to name but the most illustrious. She was especially proud of her contributions to Czech literature and the gold medal awarded to her from the Czechoslovak Society for Foreign Relations. Edith Pargeter died in 1995 at the age of 82, at home in her beloved Shropshire.

Cadfael Country : Shropshire and the Welsh Border

Plain Capers: Morris Dance Tunes.
Topic Records. July 25, 1996

the music you hear:
Old Molly Oxford
by The John Kirpatrick Band
from their album
Plain Capers-
Morris Dance Tunes
from The Cotswolds

Border Morris Dancing  from Shropshire
the official website

Morris Links


Bishop's Castle Church

Other Shropshire Links

superb work by
Sabine J. Hutchinson.
Shropshire as you've
never seen it before

Welcome to this gallery
of photographs of
Shropshire, England's
largest inland county.
taken by Mike Hayward

the incredible novel
of Shropshire by
complete e-text.

This website will help you
discover the secrets
of Shropshire's past

just about everything
you want to know about
Shropshire, once more
from the BBC

the folks on the folks

from the BBC
God Bless'em

This website contains
a wide range of local
information and services
for people who are
living in, working in,
or visiting Shropshire.

Shropshire history comes alive

a wonderful programme 
brought to you by the
the folks at BBC Radio Shropshire.
with host Genevieve Tudor

to promote knowledge and appreciation
of the lives and works of A.E. Housman
and other members of his family.

a tourism and leisure guide.
and a very good one too!
............can we tempt you?

author of Precious Bane

Of all the districts of England
few offer the beauty,
tranquillity and history
of  this wonderous area

Wilfred Owen Links

a page on Great War poetry
 poets and music, on our
Walk Awhile website

one of a number of pages
on Wilfred Owen at the
First World website

Carolling in Much Wenlock. a good time was had.

The Brother Cadfael Companion

Brother Cadfael Links

need we say more?
photographs from the
television series with
Sir Derek Jacobi as
Brother Cadfael

Steve Conrad's webpages
on the good brother

please be patient while
this site downloads
 there are alot of covers,
in various languages.

a complete list of the
Brother Cadfael books

an article entitled
Crusader for Justice.
by Sue Feder

the abbey of
St. Peter and St. Paul

Brother Cadfael's Penance.1994.


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