The Smell Of Water Part Two: Hob Hole, Baysdale Beck, North Yorkshire

As part of Local History Month, I was delighted to team up recently with Teesside folklorist and psychogeographer Gavin Parry to make a series of short films exploring aspects of North-Eastern folklore and social history. All under the umbrella of Gavin’s fascinating Smell of Water investigations.

The second of these films is now online, and sees Gavin and me investigating the extravagant folklore of Hob Hole – from the extraordinary tale of the Giant’s Lapstone to a subsequent local fertility rite involving left shoes. I gave this a go, while Gavin used the word ‘palimpsest’. The films were made by Andrew T. Smith, with an original soundtrack by Ivan The Tolerable.

Another three films will follow soon, and Gavin’s website is here: