S3E104 – The Legend of Maud’s Elm

The Legend of Maud’s Elm, Cheltenham

Alasdair brings James the “pathetic” legend of Maud’s (or Maude’s) Elm, a story as thrilling as it is obviously made up. You’ve got your heroines: tragic. Your lords: wicked. Your uncles: damnable!

Plus, someone’s dear old mum will be cast out into the street. And we’re talking olden days streets here, so that’s 80% poo. Listeners will also discover who really killed Tsar Nicholas I, and what size of potato was considered noteworthy in the mid-19th century.

(Spoiler alert: it wasn’t that big.)

Content warning: references to murder and suicide.


The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.

Featured image from an etching, c. 1817, after J. Martin. Wellcome Collection.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.




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