Pirates of Execution Dock VIDEO

All aboard! In this episode, join me and my trusty band of adventurers as we set sail in search of Wapping’s treasure. On the way we encounter pirates, ghosts, river police… And a terrifying legend!

Acknowledgements
The Golden Hinde II filming permissions by Troy Richards.
Gibbet Cage filming permissions by Miranda Furneaux of The Clink Prison Museum.
John Stow monument filming permissions by Anthony Thomas of The Church of St Andrew Undershaft and St Helen’s Bishopsgate.
The Ruislip Lido Railway filming permissions by Matt Streeton, with additional thanks to Martin Lever.

Special thanks to Joz Joslin of The Thames Police Museum.

Video camera operators: Jon Kaneko-James and Vikki Velvetfur.
Stills photography by Lorcan Maguire.
Additional photographs by David Saunderson and Pete Le May.
Additional sound effects by FreeSFX

IT assistance by Victoria Hotchin and James Newey.

Cast
Voice of Captain Kidd – Mark Kane
‘El Draque’ – Vikki Velvetfur
Phantom Pirate – Sean Davidson

Buccaneer Crew:

Emma ‘Captain Jenni Jago’ Bown
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Naomi ‘Cat o’ Nine Tails’ Barnard
Meghan ‘The Marauder’ Cole
Tara ‘Mistress Cutlass’ Dakini
Petra ‘Dark-Depths’ Dudakova
Ffion ‘The Ffearless’ Jones
Bennie ‘The Butcher’ Hero McCool
Lee ‘Malestrom’ Murphy
Zane ‘The Oracle’ Orola
Jamie ‘Prizefighter’ Pullar
Mark ‘The Marksman’ Rolland
David ‘Spooky Isles’ Saunderson
Anja ‘Shark-Attack’ Schneider
Emma ‘Stormbringer’ Smith

Explorer Info
The replica gallows can be accessed by Pelican Stairs next to the Prospect of Whitby Pub at low tide.

The original final location of Execution Dock can be viewed from King Henry’s Stairs (fenced-off) or accessed at low-tide via New Crane Stairs (then heading right upriver). There is no plaque, monument or remains of any kind at the actual site – you know you are in the spot when you are lined-up with St. Mary Rotherhithe on the opposite bank (see picture).

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Check here for tide times.

Please exercise extreme caution when visiting the Wapping Foreshore: the stairs can be very slippery, even in fine weather. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Golden Hinde II can be visited for costumed tours, Overnight Living History experiences and booked for special events. Please call 020 7403 0123 or visit www.goldenhinde.com for opening times.

Other locations featured in the video that I recommend for further exploring include:

The Thames Police Museum
The Clink Prison Museum
The Ruislip Lido Railway
Brunel’s Thames Tunnel

The Tobacco Dock ‘pirate ships’ are free to view here.

Dinosaurs of the Crystal Palace VIDEO

In this episode I explore mysterious ruins in search of London’s legendary prehistoric beasts!

Acknowledgements
Crystal Palace filming permission by Juliet McConnell and Rhian Sharpe at Bromley Film Office.
Stills photography by Pete Le May.
Rupee the Owl trained and supervised by Countrywide Falconry Ltd.
Dinosaur Court filming by Vikki Velvetfur.
Dinosaur Island filming by Jon Kaneko-James.
Rowboat filming by Lee Murphy.
Owl landing filmed by Tony Chan.
Hanoverian elocution tips by Sonja Redarrow.
Queen Victoria voiced by Vikki Velvetfur
Explorer Info
Crystal Palace Park is open daily from 7:30am until dusk. Click here for more details.
The ruins can be explored at will, but the dinosaur island can only be viewed from the mainland at Dinosaur Court (special permission was granted for this video by Bromley Film Office).
For the official site click here.
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Crystal Palace Park
Beckenham, Greater London SE19 2AZ

Lighthouse of Eternal Song VIDEO

In this debut episode I discover a mysterious lighthouse with a 1000 year-long secret!

Acknowledgements
Sarah Hewson of Urban Space Management who administer Trinity Buoy Wharf
Vikki Gilson & Neil Jones of Trinity House
Ben Phillips of Lightship95
The Longplayer Trust
Sculptures by Andrew Baldwin
Mural by Paul ‘DON’ Smith
Explorer Info
The Lighthouse is open every weekend from 11am – 5pm (winter times, October – March 11am – 4pm).
For special events and other information visit: www.trinitybuoywharf.com
Map

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64 Orchard Place
London, Greater London E14 0JY
020 7515 7153