S3E84 – Grace Darling with Bethany Black

The Legend of Grace Darling

James and Alasdair are joined by comedian and actor Bethany Black (Doctor Who, Cucumber), telling the tale of Bethany’s own ancestor, the lighthouse-dwelling heroine Grace Darling. When storm winds cast a steamship onto the jagged rocks of the Farne Islands, nine people are left clinging onto the prow and – by extension – life.

This episode features goat-riding devils, an encounter with a Pontefract psychic, and one Mr. Sillyman. Plus, an opportunity to discover whether a leaking engine is a big deal on a steamship (HINT: it is).

Content Warning: References to drug use, Queen Victoria, and Queen Victoria’s drug use.


The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft. Featuring Guest Loreperson, Bethany Black.

Featured image from Grace Darling clipper ship sailing card.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone‚Äôs Orchestra, 1905.




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