Dymchurch is a small coastal village in Kent on the edge of the Romney Marsh. Today it is best known as a seaside resort with a beautiful sandy beach. However in 1677 it was beter known as the centre for smuggling. Because of the villagers nocturnal smuggling activities they were give the nickname of 'Owlers.'
The origins of this name are unkonwn.It could possibly have been given because the smugglers conducted their activity at night. Maybe they communicated warnings to their group members by imitating an owl's hoot. There was also a crime against the public trade of 'transporting wool or sheep out of the Kingdom.' Again the offenders normally carried this out at night, so Owlers could also refer to this.
The writer, Parliamentarian and social blogger of his day, Narcissus Luttrell's report (in his diary) of 1699 was one of the first documents to use this term. The diary is also a record of major events in Parliament, diplomacy and the arts.
Pirates and smugglers may well have used a 'slang or cant language' and codes to confuse outsiders. An example is the word 'pad' which was said to be slang used by smugglers, highwaymen and footpads, to mean 'highway.' To test your skill at cracking a lost treasure code click here
The artwork for The Shellies story CD has arrived. The cd and download will be available from the 1st of April. The adventure tells how a young girl (Sally) meets The Shellies and joins in the fun on the Beach Full of Stories. 7 new songs are featured.
Tradition tells of a duck seen swimming along a stream and entering a hole in a ruin at Peasholm. Upon investigation, the observers found an underground passage which connected the ruin to buildings near to St. Mary’s church. After discovering the secret passage, the hole was closed.
Peasholm is part of Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast. The old ruin was thought to be either some kind of fortification or a building belonging to the monks of Scarborough.
Click here to play part of the traditional song 'Scarborough Fair' on our Musical Balloons
Find the letters hidden in the picture below, re-arrange them to form a word. To assist we will post clues every few days. Your first clue is.
Clue 1: Sometimes these can be seen in cities and also at the coast.
Clue 2: These can be built out of stone.
Clue 3: There are 2 vowels in this word.
Clue 4: Sometimes you can build these out of sand
Authors Ian and Marie.