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Villages by the Sea

Series looking at coastal villages that have often been on the front line of history.

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Series 2: 4. Charlestown

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 4. Charlestown

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits the picturesque Georgian village of Charlestown on the south west coast of Cornwall and learns how it was\nshaped by the vision of one man.

20-06-2024

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Series 2: 3. Thorpeness

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 3. Thorpeness

Archaeologist Ben Robinson uncovers the secrets of the Edwardian village of Thorpeness in Suffolk, the first purpose-built seaside village in the UK.

19-06-2024

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Series 2: 2. Staithes

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 2. Staithes

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits the village of Staithes in North Yorkshire and unearths its role in kickstarting the chemical industry in the north east of England.

18-06-2024

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Series 2: 3. Bamburgh

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 3. Bamburgh

Archaeologist Ben Robinson uncovers how the health and fortune of the village was shaped by those in charge of Bamburgh’s famous castle.

17-06-2024

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Walberswick

Villages By The Sea - Walberswick

Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers the surprising story of this former medieval port on the Suffolk coast.\n\nCoastal villages are often seen as remote places for retreat and ...

13-06-2024

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Robin Hood's Bay

Villages By The Sea - Robin Hood's Bay

Archaeologist Ben Robinson reveals the story of smuggling intrigue and bravery on the Yorkshire coast.

12-06-2024

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Holy Island

Villages By The Sea - Holy Island

Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers the story of the monks and villagers of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast.\n\nOur coastal villages are often seen ...

11-06-2024

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Clovelly

Villages By The Sea - Clovelly

Archaeologist Ben Robinson reveals the story of this Devon coastal gem’s transformation from fishing village to romantic Victorian seaside resort.\n\nOur coastal villages ...

10-06-2024

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Series 3: Botallack

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Botallack

The small hamlet of Botallack was once at the centre of the Cornish tin and copper mining industry as archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers. By 1861, Botallack’s mine was o ...

09-05-2024

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Series 4: 10. Johnshaven

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 10. Johnshaven

Ben Robinson travels to Johnshaven, a once-important Scottish fishing village. When its skilled sailors were press-ganged into the Royal Navy in the late 18th century, it had to ...

25-01-2024

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Series 4: 9. Greyabbey

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 9. Greyabbey

Ben Robinson unearths the ancient past of Greyabbey, a small village on Northern Ireland’s beautiful Strangford Lough. The village name comes from Grey Abbey, its Cisterci ...

17-12-2023

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Series 4: 8. Porthgain

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 8. Porthgain

Ben Robinson unearths the unique past of Porthgain, a small Pembrokeshire village built for its industry, first as a slate quarry, then exporting brickwork and finally producing ...

11-12-2023

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Series 4: 7. Seaton Sluice

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 7. Seaton Sluice

Ben Robinson travels to Seaton Sluice in Northumberland, home to the notorious Delaval family. These wealthy bottle makers were some of the greatest players on the Georgian part ...

11-12-2023

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Series 4: 6. Beer

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 6. Beer

Ben Robinson heads to Beer, Devon, home to beer stone, which has been quarried since Roman times and used in many of the nation's cathedrals and landmark buildings, including We ...

08-12-2023

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Series 4: 5. Solva

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 5. Solva

Ben Robinson discovers the impressive lime kilns in Solva, Wales. This picturesque 19th-century port is famous for producing quicklime, a vital ingredient in both agriculture an ...

08-12-2023

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Series 4: 4. Holkham

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 4. Holkham

Ben Robinson makes an amazing discovery at Norfolk’s impressive Holkham estate - its lost medieval village, seen for the first time since its disappearance some 200 years ...

01-12-2023

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Series 4: 3. Cushendall

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 3. Cushendall

Ben Robinson travels to Cushendall, one of the finest planned Georgian villages in Northern Ireland. It was owned and shaped by a series of owners but most notably its 19th-cent ...

01-12-2023

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Series 4: 2. Port Carlisle

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 2. Port Carlisle

Ben Robinson examines the remains of a lost harbour in Port Carlisle, Cumbria, a small village near Carlisle which grew as a consequence of the canal building surge that swept t ...

24-11-2023

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Series 4: 1. Culross

Villages By The Sea - Series 4: 1. Culross

Ben Robinson visits Culross, a stunning example of a 17th-century Scottish royal burgh village. Culross was a major centre for Scottish coal mining and boasts the very first pla ...

24-11-2023

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Series 3: Laxey

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Laxey

Situated on the eastern coast of the Isle of Man, the village of Laxey is known today as a tourist destination, but as archaeologist Ben Robinson finds out, it wasn’t the ...

21-08-2023

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Series 3: Parkgate

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Parkgate

Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores Parkgate, on the estuary of the River Dee in Cheshire. Today the village is landlocked, cut off from the Dee and the Irish Sea due to the est ...

18-08-2023

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Series 3: Orford

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Orford

Lying off the North Sea is the unassuming Suffolk village of Orford. It’s behind a large shingle spit called Orford Ness. But as archaeologist Ben Robinson unearths, it&rs ...

04-08-2023

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Series 3: Craster

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Craster

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits a small village in Northumberland to find out how the family and village who both share the name Craster have had their lives and fortunes inte ...

14-06-2023

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Series 3: Tintagel

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Tintagel

Archaeologist Ben Robinson uncovers the secrets of Cornwall’s Tintagel, famed as the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Ben discovers Tintagel was potentially more impor ...

13-06-2023

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Series 3: Cley Next The Sea

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Cley Next The Sea

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits the Norfolk village of Cley next the Sea and discovers that due to Dutch settlers in the Elizabethan era, it's not as ‘next the sea&rsquo ...

09-06-2023

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Series 3: Flamborough

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Flamborough

Archaeologist, Ben Robinson visits the east coast village of Flamborough which sits on a rugged headland sticking out into the North Sea. A largely unassuming village today, it ...

05-06-2023

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Series 3: Gorey

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Gorey

Sitting on the east coast of Jersey, and about 14 miles from the coast of Normandy, the small village of Gorey was, for hundreds of years the\nfrontline of defence between the B ...

31-05-2023

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Series 3: Ravenglass

Villages By The Sea - Series 3: Ravenglass

Archaeologist Ben Robinson takes us to the quiet village of Ravenglass, tucked away on the edge of the Lake District’s National Park, where he finds out about its strategi ...

26-05-2023

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Series 2: 2. Arnside

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 2. Arnside

Archaeologist Ben Robinson discovers how traditional boat building shaped the beautifully preserved village of Arnside on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria.

09-03-2023

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Series 2: 1. Alnmouth

Villages By The Sea - Series 2: 1. Alnmouth

Archaeologist Ben Robinson visits Alnmouth on England’s north east coast and discovers the village’s historical role in feeding the nation.

07-03-2023

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