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'I don't belong in bricks and mortar': Will Lord, Suffolk's own caveman, on life growing up and featuring on TV with Ben Fogle




Living as a caveman and out in the wild would not be many people in Suffolk's first choice, but it is the lifestyle that has appealed to Will Lord since he was a young boy.

During lockdown at his home in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, he erected a tent in his back garden instead of living in his own home.

His fascination with the lifestyle began at Grime's Graves, a prehistoric flint mine in Norfolk, when his parents were custodians of the property.

Will Lord has starred on TV on numerous occasions. Picture: Channel 5
Will Lord has starred on TV on numerous occasions. Picture: Channel 5

"I had Thetford Forest to roam in, Grime's Graves as a playground and parents that were interested in the crafts and the skills that were required from the people that actually operated at Grime's Grave 4,000 years ago," he said.

"I was living there until I was 17, and then I joined the big wide world, just as we all do. But Grime's Grave never really left me. And then I progressed from Grime's Graves on and on and started looking at archaeological sites and interests globally.

"I had a lot of personal skills which I had developed over the years. What began to happen was different craft shows were getting in contact with me and saying 'would you come along and demonstrate how to flint-knap?'

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild SE 15 EP 3. Presenter Ben Fogle and Will inside his home made lodge. Picture: Channel 5.
Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild SE 15 EP 3. Presenter Ben Fogle and Will inside his home made lodge. Picture: Channel 5.

"Progressing from that, a lot of people wanted me to start doing workshops, so I began doing that. And eventually, I couldn't hold down a full time job."

Gradually, Will has built an impressive following of fans online. He has over 45,000 followers on Instagram, 97,000 on Facebook and 58,000 on Youtube.

Will has been labelled as 'Britain's only caveman' online, and regularly features on TV as a result of his skillset. Most recently, he was joined by Ben Fogle at his earth lodge, which he built himself, at Euston Estates, for a documentary on Channel 5 'New Lives In The Wild'.

Ben Fogle and Will Lord on 'Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild'. Picture: Channel 5
Ben Fogle and Will Lord on 'Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild'. Picture: Channel 5

When asked about his time with TV personality Fogle by Suffolk News, he said: "He thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. There was always something new for him to be experiencing.

"He came along and was just blown away [by it]. He was tested out on a few levels, like asking him to cut the heart of a deer out and cooking and eating it.

"But he did it, and I can say that I gained a new celebrity friend. Ben and me will be friends now I am sure."

Mr Lord spends 90% of his time outside. Picture: Channel 5
Mr Lord spends 90% of his time outside. Picture: Channel 5

The Rougham resident lives and breathes the outside world; his business is focused on teaching people across the country primitive skills, ranging from sword making to flint-knapping courses. He spends 90% of his time outside, and only goes indoors sporadically.

"I live at this little place in Rougham, and the event tent that I used to use to pitch up at shows, I put it up in the back garden and lived in the garden for two years," he said. "I don't belong in bricks and mortar - I can't enjoy myself in a house.

"I lived outside so I can be around nature. Where I live here, I am surrounded by trees, it is a wonderful natural haven."

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