4. Trouble at t'mill30:12WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of the mistreatment of children, and references to slavery which some listeners may find upsetting.Two businessmen and a surveyor walk into the woods – not the beginning of some hilarious wisecrack, but the first few steps towards cementing a legacy. Traversing the sylvan slopes of the Cheshire countryside and clambering through dense vegetation along the river Bollin; engineer Hugh Oldham, merchant John Massey and ambitious textile tycoon Samuel Greg are prospecting for the perfect place to construct one of the first purpose built cotton mills of the Industrial Revolution. Around nine miles south of Manchester they stumbled across the serene bucolic backwater of Ferney Brow, a virgin glade at the bottom of a leafy valley, a short walk from the tiny village of Styal. It is here in seventeen eighty-four that the foundations were laid for not only one of the world’s first factories, but for a discrepant dynasty which would play it’s part in transforming the modern world.
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3. Bread and Circuit Boards.05:10A short one this week, and purely my opinion on the 'Metaverse'. If you would like to support World Salad, please consider leaving a rating and/or review, following the show on its social media channels (links below) and sharing it with your nearest and dearest.World Salad is written, recorded and produced by Chris Hodson.Instagram: @world__saladIntro / Outro background music: Echo Park by Rest You Sleeping Giant (CC BY 4.0)Main theme: Brain Freeze by Geoffrey Burch, from Pixabay (CC BY 4.0) – Outro theme music: Brain Freeze played in reverse.All content, unless otherwise stated © Christopher Hodson. All rights reserved.
2. The Strange Tale Of Thomas Of Eldersfield.27:32WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and physical mutilation which some people may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised.Let me take you back over eight hundred years to the Thirteenth Century, to Weogorancaester [wea-goran-chayster], or ‘Worcester’ as we know it today, and recount a tale of lust, repentance, jealousy and redemption.Sources: Spackman FT. The ancient monuments and historic buildings of Worcester. Birmingham: Midland Educational Co. Ltd; 1913.Hyams PR. Tales from the medieval courtroom: The fall and rise of Thomas of Eldersfield. Pasadena, CA: Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology; 1985. Available from: https://authors.library.caltech.edu/18859/1/HumsWP-0107.pdfThe History Jar. Medieval marriage II – adultery [internet]. 2017 [cited 2022/08/09]. Available from: https://https://thehistoryjar.com/2017/08/03/medieval-marriage-ii-adultery/Also contains music: Pagan Cross, and The Medieval Banquet by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.comA full list of the CC licensed sound effects used in this episode can also be found here.
1. Dead Centre.07:58A pretty grim chapter in the history of Paris; The story of Les Innocents, an over subscribed medieval cemetery located in what is now the Les Halles district of the city.