Jans Podcast Black Prince The Huguenots

Jan Leeming

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Date: 10th June 2020


Those of you who’ve been with me for a long time will know that I’ve been an Assistant at Canterbury Cathedral for many years. Over that time there are parts of the Cathedral and stories associated with it which have appealed greatly to me.

For several years now, our lovely Cathedral has been swathed in scaffolding - well she is extremely old and time is telling on her. As you can imagine the costs of all this work are astronomical and though helped by a Lottery Grant, the Cathedral still has to find millions.

A few visitors have been disappointed to see so much scaffolding both in and outside the Cathedral and to counteract this and offer more ‘value for money’ we were asked a while ago if any of we volunteers would like to give short talks free of charge to the public.

On my Sunday duty I always station myself in The Martyrdom and never tire of sharing the story of Becket’s Murder and the events which led up to it. Sometimes I spend my full 2 hour duty in that one spot modifying the story to fit the needs of the visitors - expanding if that is required, shortening or simplifying for the foreign visitor who might not have too good a command of the English language.

When it came to choosing a talk, I felt that there were more of my colleagues better qualified to talk on Becket than I am. Although not an expert, I am fascinated by the Black Prince whose tomb is my favourite and I do know something of the Huguenots - possibly being descended from them, have attended the Huguenot Chapel which was the Black Prince’s Chantry and felt that a talk on why the Chantry became the Huguenot Chapel might be of interest to the public.

So I formulated a talk and am delighted to say that I’ve had as many as 30 attending my talk - and as few as one - yes, on one particular Sunday there was only one taker but I still gave the talk although it did feel rather odd standing in the Chapel and giving my delivery to an audience of one. It transpired that she was quite knowledgeable on the subject of the Huguenots so we actually had an enjoyable time.

More recently and in the light of this awful Covid Pandemic and our lovely Cathedral being shut, we were asked again if any of us felt able to record Podcasts which could be broadcast on line. Well, that’s what I’ve done for over 50 years and I readily agreed to give my talk - although I had to completely re-write it. It is very different giving a delivery to a live audience and recording one to be broadcast when there’s no Audience reaction and no visuals - of which there are many in the Huguenot Chapel, not to mention the glorious tomb of The Black Prince.

So, if you are interested, here is the link to the Podcast http://bit.ly/CathStory
The Black Prince and the Huguenot Chapel

There's also an interesting video of The Tomb being investigated by Scientists and Art Historians 

http:// http://bit.ly/BPtomb



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