Category Archives: Lancashire

The Devil at Hell Clough

Up on the moor near Bacup, there is a pile of loose boulders in an area known as Hell Clough and, as you’d expect, there’s a legend featuring the Devil which explains how this came to be. Somewhere near this … Continue reading

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Sir Richard Owen and a gruesome tale

Sir Richard Owen Whilst this story has only a tenuous link to folklore proper, it is one which has haunted me since I first discovered it some years ago. And so I offer it here – make of it what … Continue reading

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Lancashire Folk – the Book!

Pleased to announced that Lancashire Folk is finally available!  It is now in stock and available for purchase from the distributor, Gazelle Books.  For direct customers Gazelle have set up a promotional offer which will allow you to buy the … Continue reading

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‘Folklore’ – The Ashton Weekly Reporter, and Stalybridge and Dukinfield Chronicle – Saturday 26 September 1857

I was browsing the British Newspaper Archive this evening (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) when I came across this collection of snippets… from a newspaper dated 1857, when Folklore was still alive and well in Lancashire.  It was also, coincidentally, the year my house … Continue reading

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Hackensall Hall, Pilling

There may have been a Hall here as long ago as the 9th century, as it is believed the name of the place comes from Haakon, a Viking settler who chose to make the place his home. The Hall now … 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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Happy Oestre!

The majority of Christian festivals have dates which are set in stone; Christmas and all the saint’s days are celebrated on specific dates which never change from year to year. Yet Easter, which commemorates Christ’s death and resurrection and so … Continue reading

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