Terry John is Bluestone's very own storyteller
See that Benedictine monk wandering through the village, his mind clearly occupied with matters spiritual? See that pilgrim, stopping by the holy well before resuming his journey to St Davids? And that preacher beavering away on an illuminated manuscript? That’s Bluestone’s resident historian, Terry John.
Adopting different personas with such frequency does, however, have an effect…
"There are times I wonder who I am" Terry admits. But if he has his doubts, we don’t. Terry is Bluestone’s history man:
a genial font of knowledge who can bring the rich past of Pembrokeshire alive with colour and humour.
“Even when I was very, very small, I was fascinated by history and pictures of ancient ruins.
An ideal day out for me was never going to the beach, it was wandering round an old castle.
If you look at, say, the customs and superstitions of bygone eras, it gives you an idea of how people regarded their world; what they thought were the powers and influences that affected them and how they dealt with those things.
People often lived their lives at such a basic level. It was easy for their crops to fail or for blight to befall their cattle,
so you can see why they go through these customs – to try and ward it off. It humanises them.
When you read what they worried about, they’re not some distant people – they’re humans like we are.
And although there are big differences between our era and past times, the more you look at history,
the more you realise people are basically the same.
If you like history, you learn from it, and, as the saying goes, those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it."
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