Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Ghost of Ripley’s ‘Believe It Or Not!’ Museum

This permanent exhibition is weird enough all on its own.  Based on the extensive collection of Robert Ripley (1890-1949), an American eccentric who travelled extensively and could not resist acquiring strange objects from wherever he went. Blackpool’s collection includes shrunken … Continue reading

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The Tinker’s Tale

In a curious story from the 16th century, it transpires that the ‘Black Arts’ included lock-picking and other tricks of thievery.  Certainly there was artfulness and talent amongst those who made their living from this crime.  The tools for picking … Continue reading

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Anderton, the Headless Cross

Near the Millstone pub in Anderton, at a crossroads, there is a carved stone a few feet high which is known by two names; the Headless Cross and the Grimeford Cross. It used to denote the centre of the village … Continue reading

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Upholland, Church Street

Over a  century ago, a house next to the White Lion Inn became known locally as ‘the Ghost House’.  Night after night the house was full of flashes of light, strange noises and many times stones were thrown.  It all … Continue reading

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Redwell Inn, Arkholme

Situated in Arkholme, Carnforth, in the beautiful Lune Valley, the Redwell Inn is a 17th century coaching inn.  Long ago, a young stable boy died here, the victim of a fire in the stables.  Perhaps it was this young boy … Continue reading

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Gallows Hill

Williamson Park and the gloriously self-indulgent Ashton Memorial overlook the city of Lancaster; from here, the Castle can be clearly seen.  The Park comprises over fifty acres of woodland but the focal point is the Memorial, a white dome which … Continue reading

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The Druid’s Stone, Heysham

In the wild garden area above the ancient church of St Peter’s, in Heysham, there are many huge boulders – but this one is a little different. I have wandered through those gardens many times but not until this summer … Continue reading

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