Jimmy Griggs grew up on the family farm at Bradford on Avon with pigs, chickens, cows and horses. He left the Comprehensive School of Nelson Haden Trowbridge with very little other than an enquiring mind. Although he did go on to complete a business course at Trowbridge College.
Then one day his enquiring mind led him to discover a pattern of roads in the landscape that formed a simple set of animal figures. These were similar to the ones at Glastonbury that formed a Zodiac discovered by Mrs K E Maltwood FRSA in the 1920’s. Not long after he met Ben Lloyd, who had been a Type X Mechanic at Bletchley. During this only meeting he changed his thoughts and his research took a new direction. Thus began Jimmy’s life long study of Iconography.
During more research he came in contact with the Frome historian Dr Michael McGarvie FSA for he was looking into the possibility that the Seymour family of Rode were connected to Jane Seymour of Wolf Hall. Their meeting resulted in Dr McGarvie publishing his findings in a small local magazine called, CONTACT – The Bulletin of the Frome Society for local study. The article was called ‘The Secret Quarter’ and it came out in 1986.
Jimmy still lives in Bradford on Avon with his partner Karen. They run a marina business for narrow boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
When not writing he likes to travel. Egypt, China, Amazon and Borneo are a few of the places he was fortunate to visit.