Huguenots in the stockade building scaffold to hang the arsonists

Place explored through a personal selection of the lives, novels, art, architecture, poetry and history inspired by England's industrial era.​

The Isle of Axholme witnessed Vermuyden, the draining of the wastes, the ripping of trees and hedges, the begetting of prairies and wartime aerodromes, the vans and cars off ships at Immingham fallow among the root crops and grain; the slow strangling of village life, the disappearance of gasworks, coal yards, pubs, butchers, bakers, buses, boats across the Trent, ferries that ran all the way up to Hull. But you might still, in the early dusk of autumn days, see distant Huguenots in the stockade beyond Smaque and Dirtness, building scaffold to hang the arsonists. You might spy the highwaymen, hear the gathering vigilantes, fear the rack that tortured Frank Vavasour in the bowels of Butterwick Castle. You might saunter among the trees and tread the sward at Temple Belwood. Inspired by ‘Manuscript in a Red Box’ (1903) John Hamilton.

Beryl Bainbridge Bradford Castleford CLR James Comedian Ian Smith Cultural Geography Ellen Wilkinson England is Rich Featherstone George Orwell Gerard Benson Get Carter Goole Halifax Harry Hopkins Huddersfield Iain Nairn Isle of Axholme Jack Common JB Priestley Kellingley Kevin Boniface Killingworth Manuscript in a Red Box Minty Alley Morning in the City Nelson Newbiggin-By-The-Sea Newcastle Normanton Pontefract Pre-Raphaelite Psychogeography Robert Westall Rotherham Sean O'Brien Selby Social History Southwold Stuart Maconie Ted Lewis The Division Bell Mystery The Rocket Tom Puddings Vermuyden

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