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Join rock musician, newly published writer and fiendishly funny raconteur Malcolm Hanson on The Skipton Experience.
A guided walk
with a difference; a tour of Yorkshire's famous 'Gateway to the Dales' in
the company of a master story teller who will weave into you the pure
magic and mystery of the real Skipton.
The Skipton Experience will make you laugh; it will
make you cry; above all, the Skipton Experience will stay with you long
after you have left our fair and beautiful barony - 'set like a Jewel in
the Crown of Yorkshire'.
Imagine a house which bore such notoriety that it was
given the title 'House of Pests' by the local clergy, or a gravestone that
tells the story of one Edwin Calvert - known to all as Skipton's Commander
in Chief - and who was the smallest man in the world, dying at the tragic
age of 17.
And imagine a violent ghost that terrorises Sheep
Street, encountered by locals as recently as summer 2001. Or the wild and
wonderful visitations of talking horses; organ-playing elephants and
Indian 'tooth-pullers' - all now gone, but never to be forgotten.
Now contrast this with the great history of Skipton,
written over many centuries by the Earls of Cumberland who's seat was
Richard III, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I all had strong
connections to Skipton - the mighty House of Clifford made it so.
And think of those almost fable-like characters who
have gone down in history as icons of their age; the warrior John
Clifford, he of whom Shakespeare wrote as being 'the Terrible Black Face
Butcher of Skipton Castle'; also the kind and gentle Henry Clifford, the
'Shepherd Lord' who brought royal blood to our fair barony; the flamboyant
'superstar', 3rd Earl George Clifford, champion at the court of 'Gloriana'
- Queen Elizabeth I; and finally, Lady Anne Clifford, the most illustrious
of all, known by her loyal subjects as 'Queen of the North', and who's
often tragic - yet much celebrated - life mirrored that of our own
All these stories - and many more - make up the
wonderful cornucopia that is The Skipton Experience - and now you can
experience it for yourself.
See what they once saw; walk where they once walked;
learn what they once knew. They are inviting you into their lives - truly
a experience to encounter!
Skipton's history, from its role in the Wars of the
Roses (1455) and through the Tudor period, to the rule and death of 'Queen
of the North' Lady Anne Clifford (1676) is a truly fascinating subject for
all young people. A morning spent on a 'School Experience' is time well
Malcolm Hanson is also available for school and college visits, lectures, speeches, etc. Full details on request. Contact Us
The "Consolation" Statue of Sir Mathew Wilson
Altar, Holy Trinity Church
Rear, Skipton Castle
Edwin Calvert's Tombstone, Smallest Man In the World
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