Loremen Podcast

Loremen Podcast

Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore.


January 26, 2023 13 min
Yes, it is a minisode! It's advertising a livestream on 8.30 pm GMT, Monday 30th January 2023 (2023). Find the Live Lorebois here: https://www.youtube.com/loremenpodcast 

BUT do keep listening, for a super sneak peek of an upcoming guest. Hear how the Loremen handle an unexpected sausage. Plus, enjoy the riffs and tip top bants about Victorian politicians!

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It's time for a Select Your Own Escapade! (Our non-trademark-infringing alternative to a Choose Your Own Adventure.)

James lets Alasdair decide the route through the county of Bedfordshire and the boys encounter four local oddities: from a lost member of the Blue Man Group (AKA the Cerulean Chaps Team) to Henry VIII's most boring mate.

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Crash! And the church steeple crumbles to dust. Parishioners - dead! The sermon - a write off.

This episode raises many questions. Is James Shakeshaft folklore's answer to Quenetin Taratantino? Was The Great Thunderstorm of Widecombe-in-the-Moor the work of ball lightning, or the Devil himself? Can the loreboys go a full episode without a Bowie impression?

(Sadly, only one of those questions is answered. And the answer is: no...
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In honour of twelfth night, the Loreboys present the twelve pigs of Christmas. Get your snout into a bevy of porcine tales. But remember, only one swine will be crowned Monarch of Sowternalia*. From the subterranean hogs of Hampstead to the black pigs of Durham, this episode meets ALL your porky needs.

Relive the stream, live and uncut, here:

*That is a really good pun, honestly.

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This is the concluding part of the Loremen look-back at 2022 (2022). Feast upon a cold platter of festive leftovers - as selected by you, the lorefolk. This is part two of two, including favourite moments from: 
  • The Legend of Ticonderoga
  • Scratching Fanny of Cock Lane
  • Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire
  • The Cerne Abbas Giant
  • The Ghosts of Spokane (it's pronounced "Spo-kan")
  • The River Ribble
  • The Comical Tragedy of Mr Pun...
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    Prepare yourself for a bumper look back on a bumper year. Dig into this seasonal hamper of treats, as selected by you, the lorefolk. This is part one of two, including favourite moments from: 
  • The Well of the Seven Heads
  • The Pedlar of Swaffham
  • Yorkshire Dragons
  • Jenny Collier Maxen Wledig
  • The Curse of the Silk Shoes
  • Talking Heads
  • Sean Burke, St Colomba and the Monster
  • The Wells of St Walstan, Norfolk
  • William Adams, The First Englishman in J...
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    Not one but TWO guests this week! The boys are joined by comedian Laura Lexx and her normal brother Ron (aka the Lexx Education podcast). Brother Ron brings in a local legend that's really quite unique. Really. In fact, the "Meat Dragon" of Norton Fitzwarren may not exist at all outside of Ron's fevered imagination.

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    What connects Queen Elizabeth I with a pond in Oxfordshire that just won't freeze? The answer is the ghost of Dudley's Castle. And we're not talking about Dudley Castle in the West Midlands. We're talking about Cumnor Hall, home to Robert Dudley and his ill-fated wife Amy Robsart.

    Prepare thyself for a Tudor tale of betrayal and death by misadventure. And look out for a triptych of Loremen staples - a poem, an acc...
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    The Cotswold village of Ilmington is home to a surprising number of spectres. True, several of them might be the same horse seen from different angles, but when have little things like "proof" or "reason" stood in the way of an episode of Loremen?

    This outing also includes a couple of lessons in old-timey film-making and the fundamentals of time travel. (Just basic stuff like whether driving into a cart full of man...
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    As a special treat for our 150th episode, we only went and did a LIVE STREAM! It was quite the ride. Alasdair was ever-so tired, poor lamb. (Watch the whole thing here https://youtu.be/WEeaSbYjhUw)

    Despite the fatigue, Alasdair managed to frighten James with a celebrity* endorsed ghost story from the featureless fens of Lincolnshire.

    *Sure, it's Richard Madeley, but it still counts. He is on the telly.

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    November 17, 2022 13 min
    Episode 150 will be LIVE on YouTube.com/LoremenPodcast
    At 8.30PM GMT on Monday 21st November 2022.

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    Do you remember Halloween? It wasn't ages ago! This year, James and Alasdair commemorated old Samhain with a super-spooky livestream. Sorry, liveSCREAM.

    James tells Alasdair the story of Dickie - the Screaming Skull of Tunsted Farm. It is a tale as old as time: a human skull that, if removed from a house, causes all sorts of trouble. But that's just the beginning of this Derbyshire legend. We also meet some of the largest...
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    Well, it's something a little different this week! Matt Stewart and Dave Warneke of Do Go On join James for a whistle stop tour of British folklore.

    These hilarious Australian podcasters are embarking on their own UK tour (dates are here: dogoonpod.com/live-shows) and James kindly shares the snippets of folklore, history and Telly Savalas trivia that every visitor simply must know.

    Our very own James is actually going to be j...
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    Another Halloween spooker! This week, Alasdair unfolds a tale from the Great North Road, or thereabouts. This yarn has everything: highwaymen, road ghosts, the director Peter Jackson and accents. At least two accents.

    For the full A-to-Z (actually A-to-Y) of weird Yorkshire words, check out the Patreon. And to see the Loreboys' Halloween Special LIVE and in person, get tickets here:

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    "The boatman awaits..."

    As 90s soul sensation Gabrielle once sang, dreams CAN come true. She also sang, "look at me babe I'm with you," but that is less relevant to this story.

    This episode's legend comes from James's Spooky Book Of The Month, Haunted England by Christina Hole. It's a tale of premonition and a kind of spooky justice...

    Get yer tickets for the HALLOWEEN LIVE show here: https://www...
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    You're listening to Loreboys Investigate: When Glove Puppets Kill. Alasdair helps James get better acquainted with one Mr Punch: the nastiest little man in England. And that is a very competitive field indeed.

    In this episode, the Loreboys take on a true folk antihero. Mr Punch is malevolent, puckish and proud. And just like Super Mario, he's lost his Italian accent. Find out why you should never touch your neighbour's...
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    This week the Loreboys are armed with reviews! Not for themselves, but for Lancashire / Yorkshire's glorious River Ribble. Some folks say it was David Bowie's favourite river. (It's us, we say that.) But do make sure you appease the ghost of Peg O' Nell - or a one star review will be the least of your worries...

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    October 4, 2022 8 min
    Come see us LIVE AGAIN!
    Friday 7th October at 7pm in London's Shepherds Bush region.

    Don't worry there'll still be a proper episode out tomorrow...

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    Robin Allender of the Moon Under Water podcast and Your Own Personal Beatles is a fine Bristol lad with a tale or two to tell. How many ships sail in the ocean above the stars? None, you might think - but sheriff Shakeshaft and deputy Allender have identified more than one historic UFO in the West Country region. (And one in Kent, but you can’t have everything.) ABK is there too, sitting in judgement like an ageless god, older than...
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    Beware traveller! For Northumberland's Simonside Hills are the setting for this week's tale. Those rugged crags are thick with evil, evil creatures who want nothing more than to lure you to your doom. Fear not! Alasdair Beckett-King is here to warn of of their tricksy ways, while James Shakeshaft looks on, scornfully.

    Hear how a Shakeshaft-type spent a miserable night in a horrible little cottage, while an ABK-esque scepti...
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