Stagdale by Frances Castle/The Hardy Tree
Book, Badge and Download.
Stagdale is a graphic short story and three track EP on flexi disc/download (one track on flexi, all three as download) by Clay Pipe founder Frances Castle and her musical alter ego The Hardy Tree. There will also be copies available without the flexi disc.
Three tracks of Moog based electronics soundtrack the first part of this 1970s pastoral childhood adventure.
It’s the summer of 1975 and despite the addition of a new housing estate the ancient village of Stagdale remains an insular place, suspicious of change. Nestled into the chalk-scared valley lies Stagdale Manor, home to Lord Ethelbert, a self-proclaimed descendant of a Saxon King. Once grand, the estate is slowly slipping into a state of dilapidation.
Hoping to find a new life for themselves, 12-year-old Kathy and her recently divorced mother rent an old damp cottage from Lord Ethelbert on the outskirts of the village. It’s not long before Kathy befriends local boy Joe who enjoys telling her stories about village life, both past and present. He takes her to the museum and shows her the empty glass case where the Stag Jewel, a Saxon gold amulet in the shape of a deer’s head, used to be displayed. The jewel was thought to have once brought Stagdale prosperity and luck, but according to local legend it was stolen by a German boy who lived in Kathy’s house during World War Two.