Ian's Blog

18th October 2020

18th October 2020

I have now written a song about the letter collection of Hester Pengelly who was the youngest daughter of William Pengelly. Her father is probably best known for his excavation work at Kent's cavern in Torquay. Hester was married to a prominent metallurgist called Henry Forbes Julian. He was very unfortunate to lose his life on the Titanic in 1912. He was on his way to a business meeting in San Francisco and was originally booked to sail on the Olympic. This travel arrangement was transferred to the Titanic because of a coal strike. When the Titanic was sinking, after hitting an ice berg, he gave up his place on a lifeboat. Hester had been due to travel with her husand but stayed at home because she was ill with influenza.

Hester and her husband lived at a house called Redholme and there is some information about them on this website


http://www.theredholme.co.uk/redholme-history/


My song idea about Hester Pengelly came from reading an article about her in the Torbay Weekly


https://www.torbayweekly.co.uk/home/the-discovery-of-a-lost-autograph-collection-in-torquay-museum-1-6759157


She inherited a collection of letters which included ones from such famous people as Nelson, Wellington, Keats and Byron. She added to this collection with her correspondence to important members of Society who had visited her house in Torquay.


Hester's Letters


She invited members of society

To accompany her for afternoon tea

In Torquay a popular resort

The replies in their letters she eagerly sought


A letter from Keats to his fiancee

In Torquay museum it was hidden away

Byron's payment for his gambling debt

An autograph hunter would love to collect


She lost her husband when he went to sea

On the Titanic so tragically

Letters of condolence were received

Some from European royalty


A letter from Keats to his fiancee

In Torquay museum it was hidden away

Byron's payment for his gambling debt

An autograph hunter would love to collect


Hester's letter collection

Brought to the curator's attention


She invited members of society

To accompany her for afternoon tea

In Torquay a popular resort

The replies in their letters she eagerly sought

11th October 2020

11th October 2020


At the present time Lord Zarquon is very busy recording some of his Prophets of Zarquon songs for a second album. I would imagine that he is enjoying a well earned rest from my interesting guitar playing. I am still writing new songs. The latest one is about the explorer Percy Fawcett who was born in Torquay. I have recently finished reading a very interesting book about him called the Lost City of Z by David Grann. I was a bit dissapointed that it didn't mention anything about Percy's time in Torquay.


PERCY FAWCETT


HE WAS BORN IN A HOUSE IN TORQUAY

COMMISSIONED WITH THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

A NOVEL BY SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

WAS INSPIRED BY PERCY ON THE AMAZON SOIL


EL DORADO AND THE LOST CITY OF Z

AN OBSSESSION ALWAYS IN HIS HEAD

THE AMAZON FOREST A LIVING HELL

PERCY FAWCETT THE EXPLORER KNEW IT SO WELL


IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR HE FACED DANGER AGAIN

HE WITNESSED THE HORROR OF SO MANY SLAIN

AND THE HORRORS OF THE JUNGLE WERE JUST AS BAD

THE AMAZON COULD DRIVE THE BRAVEST MAN MAD


EL DORADO AND THE LOST CITY OF Z

AN OBSSESSION ALWAYS IN HIS HEAD

THE AMAZON FOREST A LIVING HELL

PERCY FAWCETT THE EXPLORER KNEW IT SO WELL


SO STRANGE TO THINK HE WAS BORN HERE

I HAD WONDERED WHERE AND IT WAS SO NEAR

A SHAME THAT DEVONIA VILLA HAS GONE

THE SIGHT OF SHIRLEY TOWERS FEELS SO WRONG


EL DORADO AND THE LOST CITY OF Z

AN OBSESSION ALWAYS IN HIS HEAD

THE AMAZON FOREST A LIVING HELL

PERCY FAWCETT THE EXPLORER KNEW IT SO WELL


As well as writing new songs I have also been doing some recording with Phil Swann for another album in a similar vein to the Acoustic Almanac only this one will be a Semi Acoustic Almanac. Phil has recently purchased some new music software and has become very interested in the mastering process. He is enjoying being able to learn how to do a bit of mastering for some of my songs.
Editors note: But hopefully not ones Lord Z has been involved with.


4th October 2020

4th October 2020

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the phone by the newspaper reporter Tim Herbert about the Pageant of Torbay Part One album. I mentioned my other albums and when I told him how many albums about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses that I had recorded I could hear a certain amount of disbelief and bewilderment in his voice. There is now an article about my songs in the Torbay Weekly.


https://www.torbayweekly.co.uk/news/album-celebrates-history-of-torbay-while-raising-money-for-torquay-museum-1-6861691

27th September 2020

27th September 2020

Here are the lyrics to my latest song called Cadewell House. It makes me think about all of the children that played with me on the green at Cadewell Park Road. Tony Perry, Simon French, Jonathan Gibbs, Duncan Jones, Robert Fraser and Jethro Miles were just some of them. We had a wonderful time in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Cadewell House


A naval man purchased Cadewell field

Part of his land on which to build

The grandest house Shiphay has known

The admiral died far from his home

On his ship far from his home


As children we played on the green

Near to where that house had been

Near to where Cadewell House had been


The estate passed to the eldest son

Then purchased by Horatio Carlyon

See where the town hall stands

A business man who bought that land

An architect and a business man


As children we played on the green

Near to where that house had been

Near to where Cadewell House had been


After Mr Carlyon died

Mr Chapman retired there to reside 

His wife like Dresden china

Of the ladies none were finer

None were as kind as her


As children we played on the green

Near to where that house had been

Near to where Cadewell House had been


It's a shame the house was knocked down

The Yankee army came to our town

Their depot where the house had been

They built the road around the green

Cadewell Park Road around the green


As children we played on the green

Near to where that house had been

Near to where Cadewell House had been

Near to where Cadewell House had been

20th September 2020

20th September 2020

Lord Zarquon was rather concerned that I might be a bit too busy to find the time to write another song but not to worry here is a new one. This one is about the Torquay fire brigade. The first two verses are about the firemen in Torquay before the First World War and the last verse is set in the 1920s. 


The Old Torquay Fire Brigade


Hooves striking the tram rails

Sparks flying up to the horses tails

The wagon of the Torquay fire brigade

It deserves a great accolade


A fire in the town

See the building burning down

Smoke up in the sky

A despairing cry


The Torquay firemen quickly on the scene

With their engine powered by steam

A fire on the Strand at Slade's

Thank heavens for the fire brigade


A fire in the town

See the building burning down

Smoke up in the sky

A despairing cry


Christened by the Mayoress in May

When it happened such a proud day

Firefly was a motor fire engine

For the danger of fire is never ending


A fire in the town

See the building burning down

Smoke up in the sky

A despairing cry

13th September 2020

13th September 2020

Back in the late 1990s John Kelland wrote a booklet about the history of the district of Shiphay in Torquay. My parents purchased a copy and I remember reading it several years ago. Last week I had another read through of this booklet and once again found it interesting. It brought back happy memories of my childhood growing up in Shiphay in the 1960s and 1970s. Remembering the country lane next to the infant school for instance which has just about disappeared. I always thought it was a shame when the school lost one of it's playing fields when a new housing estate was built. We used to have our sports day on that field.

Of particular interest was the section about Cadewell House which was demolished before I was born. One of my work colleagues lives in a house on the site of where the Georgian house used to be and she used to visit the library to try to find out some information about it. As a child I used to play on the green in Cadewell Park Road which was part of the extensive grounds of the estate of Cadewell House. When I first started playing in Cadewell Park Road with my friends the green was covered in stinging nettles and we had great fun cutting pathways through those nettles. My hands had a few blisters on them after a busy day of whacking down nettles with a stick. When the stinging nettles disappeared the green was not very green and I remember it being a field of brown earth. We would then have mud fights! Later on there was grass and then we used to play football and cricket on it. I recall that there were a few relics such as the remains of a concrete sand bag from when it was used as an American fuel depot during the second world war.

I am currently in the process of writing a song about Cadewell House and if I finish it I will try to remember to put the lyrics onto this blog

6th September 2020

6th September 2020

I have now received the duplicated CDs of the Pageant of Torbay Part One album and you can presently purchase the album via the Torquay museum shop, this wesbite or send an email to

legendarytenseconds@gmail.com

Here is a link to a promotional video that I have made for the album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrMkkewNBDQ

I will be donating money from the sale of the album to Torquay museum.

30th August 2020

30th August 2020

Graham Moores has sent me some CDs that he has put together with very lovely artwork. One of the CDs contains a collection of songs of Iain Smith and this reminded me of my first day at Torquay Boys Grammar school. The first person I sat next to in the school room was Iain.This was when I discovered that there was an alternative spelling of my christian name.

Iain formed a band with another Torquay Boys Grammar school chum called Steve Rawson in the sixth form called The Gatecrashers, who then became the Shift. I saw at least one Shift gig where they played with two bass players which is very unusual. The drummer in the Shift was Steve Milton who had previously played in the legendary Torquay punk band Systum. This punk band was fronted by Martin Johnson who was also the lead vocalist in Decontrol. Martin had a shop in Market Street in the 1980's called Individual Fashions.

It always makes me laugh when Steve Honeywill tells me the story about when he was in a band called the Walking Wounded ( later called MIA ) with Steve Rawson. They paid a visit to Martin's shop to see if he could arrange a gig for them, I think it was Steve Rawson's idea. Martin said       “ We want bands Rawson that are threatening the system not funky salsa rubbish.” Martin actually used a rather more offensive word than rubbish, one beginning with c and ending in p.

I remember that Iain Smith went to Exeter University to study after our last year at school. I would see him occasionally but then in the very early eighties I didn't see him for ages until I happened to visit the rehearsal room in Swan Street. This was somewhere that most of the local bands used to rehearse. Iain was rehearsing with a new band and Richard Hele ( previously in the Golgotha Boys ) was playing bass. I think he had a really rubbish Satellite bass that had originally belonged to Gary Long who then gave it to me. Later possibly I had given it to Richard? The machine heads were made of plastic and one had broken off so that Richard had to tune it with a pair of pliers. I recall Phil Andrews once saying to me that you only had to blow at the machine heads of a Satellite guitar and it would go out of tune.

16th August 2020

16th August 2020

The Amazing Songs album was released on Friday and is now listed on Spotify and Amazon etc. Click here for more info

AMAZING SONGS CDB


The Legendary Ten Seconds have also completed the recording of another album called 

The Acoustic Almanac

Disclaimer: Not featuring or Produced by Lord Z Ha ha!! 

This includes acoustic versions of songs previously recorded with electric guitars and keyboards. Here is some information about it:-


  1. Billy Ruffian 
  2. Song About me 
  3. Gallants Bower 
  4. James Templer's Legacy 
  5. Mayflower
  6. Song of a Metal Detectorist 
  7. St Albans Way 
  8. Sitting in a Trench 
  9. The old Bouzouki
  10. The Teign Valley
  11. Walk of Shame
  12. The Medieval Free Company
  13. Tant le Desiree
  14. Capel Celyn

Recorded by the following for Richard the Third Records 


Phil Swann acoustic guitars, mandolin and bouzouki

Ian Churchward vocals, acoustic guitars, mandola, violin and percussion

Martyn Hillstead glockenspiel, drums and percussion

Tom Churchward drums, percussion, harmonica and melodeon

Sam Swann acoustic bass guitar

Ashley Dyer trumpet

Lis Durham violin

Guy Bolt vocals and drums

Bridgit England vocals

Pippa West vocals

Jules Jones vocals

Rowan Curle vocals

Elaine Churchward vocals

Bridgit England vocals


Artwork by Graham Moores.


All songs composed by Ian Churchward except The Teign Valley and the Old Bouzouki composed by Phil Swann and Ian Churchward, Sitting in a Trench composed by Ian Churchward and Pippa West, and Gallants Bower and Capel Celyn composed by Elaine and Ian Churchward.


Produced by Ian Churchward | Recorded in Torquay, Kingsteignton and Teignmouth.


Richard the Third Records catalogue number R15

9th August 2020

9th August 2020

I've received a copy of a new book by David Hinchcliffe about the drinking fountains of Torquay which he delivered to me in person at my house. Here is a link to it on Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Drinking-Fountains-Torquay-Phillip-Hinchliffe/dp/B08BF14F79

Above: David Hinchcliffe

Meadfoot Lane

My wife and I have very much enjoyed reading this book. We found it quite inspiring really and we have written a song about it.


First chorus

Tea and coffee is too dear

Come and drink the water clear

Leave the cider leave the beer

Come and drink the water clear


First verse

If you've toiled up Meadfoot Hill

Take a rest and drink your fill

Mr Trant has built a fountain

For those who climb this seaside mountain


Second chorus

Tea and coffee is too dear

Come and drink the water clear

Leave the cider leave the beer

Come and drink the water clear


Second verse

To Watcombe on a cycle run

To Lion Rocks you go for fun

At the fountain take a rest

Mr Bosanquet's name be blessed


Third verse

But Torquay's mayor and corporation

Have caused some aggravation

Ellacombe's fountians have run dry

The public want the reason why


Middle bit

The drinking fountians of Torquay

Will surely quench your thirst for free


Last verse

At Old Maid's Perch and Penny's Hill

St Marychurch and Chapel Hill

All around old Torquay town

Drinking fountains can be found


Last chorus

Tea and coffee is too dear

Come and drink the water clear

Leave the cider leave the beer

Come and drink the water clear


I have been visiting some of these old fountains and hope to make a video to help to promote David's book. I don't have to go very far to see one of them as it is virtually at the end of my road. I often wondered what the inscription WHT signified on it and now I know.


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