Audiotour

AudiotourThe Ballad of Johny Walford

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  1. Audiotour overzicht
  2. Audiotour overzicht

    PLEASE WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING and be especially mindful of traffic, obstacles etc! Wherever possible, just stick your mobile device in your pocket or hold it in your hand - when it vibrates you have 7 secs to put your headphones back on to listen

    THE BALLAD OF JOHNY WALFORD

    In 1789 John Walford, born in the Parish of Over Stowey here, in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, was hanged at what was subsequently called Walford’s Gibbet on a high spur overlooking the scenes of his childhood and young adult life .. and the site of  his murder of Jane Shorney, his pregnant wife.

    John was a local labourer whose main work was burning charcoal for his father’s occupation. This involved long nights spent in a rude charcoal burner’s hut high up in the hills tending to the charcoal-burning process, turning the wood freguently etc so it didn’t just burn away.

    According to contemporary records and reports, it was here in his hut that he used to be visited by Jane Shorney. Jane had a child by him in 1785, then by his brother, William in 1786, then subsequently became pregnant by John again. This time, John was forced to marry her, though he was now courting Ann Rice, the daughter of the local miller.

    Ten days into the enforced union Jane begged a shilling off him to walk to the nearby Castle of Comfort for a jar of cider. He went with her. On the way they had a violent argument. John knocked his new wife unconscious with a hedge-stake convenient to hand, then tried to drag her pregnant body to a nearby copper mineshaft, but she was too heavy. So he slit her throat, then ran away, back home.

    On Thursday August 30th 1789 Ann Rice, now pregnant with another of his children, was dragged away from him at the site of the hanging. He ‘composed himself for a few seconds’, dropped the handkerchief he had been given, and jumped off the hanging cart.

    His body was coated in tar and other substances, bound in an iron cage (‘a gibbet’) and hung on a 30ft high pole as food for the birds.

     Credits and Acknowledgements

    THIS APP WAS MADE FOR THE REGIONAL HISTORY CENTRE, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BY SATSYMPH

    With thanks to the Regional History Centre and the University of the West of England, and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

    Steve Poole - Professor of History and Heritage, Director, Regional History Centre, UWE

    Ralph Hoyte - Concept, Script & Project Management, SATSYMPH

    Michael Fairfax - Music & FX

    Phill Phelps - Sound design, sound recording & app, SATSYMPH

    Alan Coveney - voice

    Ralph Hoyte - voice

    The Roaring Trowmen - Sea shanty

    Stefan Hoyte - Piano

    Additional sound effects from freesound.org:

    Footsteps, Concrete, A.wav by InspectorJ

    Moray coast.wav by inchadney

    Terreiro do Paço plaza docks' pontoons "symphony" by alfdroid

    Dock,Wood,Creak,Water,Laping.wav by Filipe Chagas

    Creaky dock - Underwater Hydrophone Recording by weaveofk

    Ferry pontoon pier squeaking in light waves, rubber on metal by Pfannkuchn

  3. 1 The Fear of God
  4. 2 A Simple Country Lad
  5. 3 Are Men yet free to choose?
  6. 4 Hanging
  7. 5 'Twixt & 'Tween
  8. 6 I Must Marry
  9. 7 A Flagon of Cider
  10. 8 Her Brains Spilled Out Her Head
  11. 9 Marked, Beaten, Broken
  12. 10 By The Devil Impelled
  13. 11 Judgement
  14. 12 I Own The Justness Of My Fate
  1. Audiotour overzicht

    PLEASE WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING and be especially mindful of traffic, obstacles etc! Wherever possible, just stick your mobile device in your pocket or hold it in your hand - when it vibrates you have 7 secs to put your headphones back on to listen

    THE BALLAD OF JOHNY WALFORD

    In 1789 John Walford, born in the Parish of Over Stowey here, in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, was hanged at what was subsequently called Walford’s Gibbet on a high spur overlooking the scenes of his childhood and young adult life .. and the site of  his murder of Jane Shorney, his pregnant wife.

    John was a local labourer whose main work was burning charcoal for his father’s occupation. This involved long nights spent in a rude charcoal burner’s hut high up in the hills tending to the charcoal-burning process, turning the wood freguently etc so it didn’t just burn away.

    According to contemporary records and reports, it was here in his hut that he used to be visited by Jane Shorney. Jane had a child by him in 1785, then by his brother, William in 1786, then subsequently became pregnant by John again. This time, John was forced to marry her, though he was now courting Ann Rice, the daughter of the local miller.

    Ten days into the enforced union Jane begged a shilling off him to walk to the nearby Castle of Comfort for a jar of cider. He went with her. On the way they had a violent argument. John knocked his new wife unconscious with a hedge-stake convenient to hand, then tried to drag her pregnant body to a nearby copper mineshaft, but she was too heavy. So he slit her throat, then ran away, back home.

    On Thursday August 30th 1789 Ann Rice, now pregnant with another of his children, was dragged away from him at the site of the hanging. He ‘composed himself for a few seconds’, dropped the handkerchief he had been given, and jumped off the hanging cart.

    His body was coated in tar and other substances, bound in an iron cage (‘a gibbet’) and hung on a 30ft high pole as food for the birds.

     Credits and Acknowledgements

    THIS APP WAS MADE FOR THE REGIONAL HISTORY CENTRE, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BY SATSYMPH

    With thanks to the Regional History Centre and the University of the West of England, and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

    Steve Poole - Professor of History and Heritage, Director, Regional History Centre, UWE

    Ralph Hoyte - Concept, Script & Project Management, SATSYMPH

    Michael Fairfax - Music & FX

    Phill Phelps - Sound design, sound recording & app, SATSYMPH

    Alan Coveney - voice

    Ralph Hoyte - voice

    The Roaring Trowmen - Sea shanty

    Stefan Hoyte - Piano

    Additional sound effects from freesound.org:

    Footsteps, Concrete, A.wav by InspectorJ

    Moray coast.wav by inchadney

    Terreiro do Paço plaza docks' pontoons "symphony" by alfdroid

    Dock,Wood,Creak,Water,Laping.wav by Filipe Chagas

    Creaky dock - Underwater Hydrophone Recording by weaveofk

    Ferry pontoon pier squeaking in light waves, rubber on metal by Pfannkuchn

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    5 out of 5 rating 03-28-2017

    Brilliant work Ralph!!

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