It was the greatest river in the kingdom, the heraldic boundary mediaeval England looping 170 miles from the rocky hills of North Staffordshire to the Humber estuary.
Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans all plied their terror and their trade along the mighty Trent and relics of different ages exist all along its banks. ” A Journey Down the River Trent” is the first ever Film exploring the full length of this historic river, telling the story of the Trent and the places that have grown up beside it, in an intriguing journey through time.
A journey that starts in the misty desolation of Biddulph Moor and the heady mystery of Mow Cop where all is not what it seems, then on to Stoke-on-Trent and a visit to Gladstone Pottery to look into the evolution of the pottery industry.
The Trent then leads us to some grisly happenings at Stone and to Shugborough and the ancient hunting grounds of Cannock Chase. From there we linger awhile at the delightful village of Alrewas, then call into Burton for a pint and a delve into the history of the great British pub.
On to Nottingham where, among other things, we investigate the legend of Robin Hood, explore some fascinating underground caves, call at the oldest pub in the world and take a look at activities at the National Watersports Centre. At Newark we hear tales of serious Civil War strife, a struggle with an 18 stone sturgeon and a little further on discover the oldest canal in Britain.
The Trent then whisks us off to Gainshorough and the finest medieval house in England. Here too, we witness the spectacle of the Trent’s tidal bore. All this and more is captured in this unique film, one of a widely acclaimed series about Britain’s rivers.