Ifor visits trees and mountains as a way of understanding the journey Britain undertook from the old Pagan religion to Christianity. His journey starts in Glastonbury, site of the famous tor and the Thorns, the most holy trees in the country. I
Presenter and Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britain's extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history. Ifor discovers the myths and legends of some of Britain's most sacred places. In the first episode, Ifor explores why ruins are among the best-preserved and most-loved holy sites in Britain.
This week, Ifor sets out to understand the appeal of islands as Holy retreats. It may seem obvious that we would feel closer to the divine surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of an island but Ifor soon discovers there is a far deeper reason they became such a major aspect of religion.
This week, Ifor sets out to understand what happens when our religious urges drive us underground. His first stop is Lud's Church in Derbyshire, one of the most dramatic and eerie holy places in the land, it was once described as "the place for the Devil to say matins".
She was the oldest of eight children, born in colonial Melbourne to Scottish parents. Her childhood was difficult, her father a failure at every business he attempted. In the years before children were all sent to school, moderately wealthy families employed governesses. She worked as a governess in rural South Australia. There she met a charismatic priest and discovered her true vocation.