Category Archives: Church

Bowdon Church and the Mummy’s Hand

There’s a Victorian tale about a Bowdon lady who visited Egypt and brought home a gruesome souvenir; a mummy’s hand. She displayed it proudly in her drawing-room under a glass dome and it was, no doubt, an intriguing conversation piece. … Continue reading

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Gamel and the Goblins – St Chad’s Church, Rochdale

  Long ago, when the Saxons inhabited this land, a man called Gamel (about whom several stories are told) chose a place by the River Roche to build a church. By nightfall he and his workmen had laid the foundations … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Church Burnley – and Ghostly Pigs

If legend is to be believed, St Peter’s Church should have been built on the spot where the Godly Lane Cross now stands and where religious rites were habitually celebrated. However, night after night the stones set out to build … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Church, Leyland – and its monstrous cat.

Long ago, the people of Whittle-le-Woods set about building a church. All the townspeople helped, so that by the end of the first day the foundations were already laid. The next morning, the priest was visited by a farmer from … Continue reading

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Lancashire Folk – the Book!

‘Lancashire Folk’ by Melanie Warren Very pleased to finally be able to announce that Lancashire Folk will be published in November 2015, by Schiffer Publishing, as part of their extensive collection of paranormal literature.  As stock comes to their UK … Continue reading

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Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn

Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn, is a stunning building in the Mount Pleasant area of the town.  It is no longer used as a church but the building is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.  It is a Grade II … Continue reading

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Mystery initials on a porch at St Peter’s Church, Heysham

On the latest of my frequent trips to Heysham, I discovered something – or several somethings – I’d never seen before. I’d driven there in the hope of catching an interesting sunset, as I’d judged that the sun might show … Continue reading

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