Villages By The Sea “Orford” 4 October 2022: Tuesday on BBC Two

Villages By The Sea "Orford" 4 October 2022: Tuesday on BBC Two 11

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’s been at the forefront of defending the British Isles for over 800 years.

Today, its imposing castle built by Henry II is being conserved by English Heritage. Curator Dr Shelley Garland explains the process to Ben and how they’ve devised the best way to preserve its crumbling stonework.

The village also has its fair share of myths and legends. One of them involves the local pub, where it is rumoured smugglers used to share out their booty. Ben meets the current landlord, Ian Ballantine, who shares some of the tricks the smugglers would use to avoid getting caught red-handed.

The remoteness of the shingle spit also caught the attention of the Ministry of Defence, who for over 70 years used the Ness as a top-secret weapons and ammunitions testing site.



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

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