BBC’s Wolf Hall in Somerset.

Montacute house

Montacute house, Montacute, Somerset (Near Yeovil)

Barrington Court House, Barrington, Somerset.

Barrington Court House, Barrington, Somerset.

BBC and Channel 4 have been broadcasting quite a bit of historical drama of late and the one I have just started to watch is Wolf Hall which is based around Henry VIII and his wives. As a Natural Trust member I have had free access to Natural Trust properties. For the first time this year I found time to make use of my pass and went out exploring. Within 45 mins drive of me is several Natural Trust properties and my target was to visit Montacute House in the picturesque village of Montacute just outside of Yeovil in Somerset.

Not knowing anything about this place I just dropped in on a whim. As it turned out, this place along with Barrington Court (20 mins away ) were used in the BBC series Wolf Hall and is based around Henry VIII and his wives. I have just started to watch the series and not sure what to make of it yet.

Secrets of the Castle.

Just found out that the Historians that brought the farm series are back with a new series.

Ruth Goodman with Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold are at the Guédelon project in France where they spent time Learning how to build a castle and what life was like for the workers.

Looks like I missed the first 3 episodes (only episodes 3 and 4 on BBC iPlayer.

I don’t have a Passport but If I did, the Guédelon project would be on my “Places to go” list.

Follow the link for more information about the project >>> http://www.guedelon.fr/en/

The Mystery of the Three Jumps in somerset (help and links please?)

On the A39 near the junction of Wood land is a sign pointing to “The Three Jumps”.

My boss told be the story of how it got its name but I am yet to find any information on it.

During the Monmouth rebellion a man was captured and given one last request before he was to be executed.

“I want to make three last jumps before I die.”

Seeing that he was surrounded and had no where to run, they granted it. The first two jumps went fine. On as he landed on the third he sprinted off into the woods and escaped.

The story tells that the never found him again. and the sign posted area was where he made the jumps.

Has anyone got any historical reference links to this story?