S5E33 – Bamburgh Castle and The Laidly Worm

Bamburgh Castle and The Laidly Worm

Welcome to Bamburgh Castle! Make yourself at home, especially if you’re name’s Lancelot du Lac. Don’t mind the enormous venom-spitting toad. There’s a funny story behind that, actually. It’s the Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh…

The boys visit Bamburgh, possibly England’s most dramatic castle, rising up from the waves on a volcanic dolerite outcrop. And the legends surrounding the ancient Northumbrian settlement are no less dramatic. We’re talking phoney ballads, wicked stepmothers, loathsome dragons and the mountain bard Drunken Frasier. Sorry, Duncan Frasier.

Plus, a cameo from legendary northern car dealership, Reg Vardy.

Join us for another Loremen Live in Oxford on 25th May:



The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.

This episode was edited by Joseph Burrows – Audio Editor.

Featured image from English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1895.

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




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