So Much For Folklore

Parts of Saint Mary’s Church in Painswick, Gloucestershire, date back to the fourteenth century. The churchyard contains a fine collection of yew trees. Local folklore suggests that there will never be more than 99 trees in the churchyard, and if a 100th appears, the devil will puck it […]

The Porthcawl Ventriloquist

This is a scan of a tiny print from an equally tiny album of photographs taken in Wales in the early 1930s. This particular print is captioned “The Ventriloquist, Porthcawl : Whit Monday 1932“. “Tommy Porthcawl” – whose real name was Sydney Valentine – was famous for his […]