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Weird Norfolk Podcast - Episode 34: The Lantern Man

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:01 19 April 2019

Joseph Bexfield's grave in its churchyard setting in All Saints' Churchyard, at Thurlton. 

Photo: Nick Butcher
Copy: Stacia Briggs
For: EDP Sunday
Archant © 2009
(01603) 772434

Joseph Bexfield's grave in its churchyard setting in All Saints' Churchyard, at Thurlton. Photo: Nick Butcher Copy: Stacia Briggs For: EDP Sunday Archant © 2009 (01603) 772434

Archant © 2009

The team are at Norwich Cathedral again and this week we have a chat about the Lantern Man of Thurlton. Siofra becomes starstruck as Budge the cat drops by.

His gravestone is covered in a lattice of lichen, the simple Norfolk wherry etched into the stone the only clue to the mysterious demise of unfortunate Joseph Bexfield. But although Bexfield was a wherryman and his work was often treacherous, it was not to blame for his death on August 11 1809, on a dark night when the mists swept in across Thurlton Staithe and the shadowy Lantern Man took up sentry duty on the marshes.


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