Category Archives: Local History

Bryn Hall and the Holy Hand

Bryn Hall, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, is well-known for the legend of the Holy Hand which was kept here for decades, reverently wrapped in a white silk bag. This hand was a relic of martyred priest Father Arrowsmith, who was killed in … Continue reading

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Another little anecdote about the Buck Stone…

A couple of years ago I told the story of the enormous dragon / worm / serpent that once lived in Hawes Tarn, Silverdale Recently I came across this lovely little snippet in a little book by one T. Pape: … 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!

‘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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Barcroft Hall, Burnley

Barcroft Hall has two legends, the first of which is commonly known as The Idiot’s Curse. The Barcrofts had been an important local family for three centuries, but the male line of the family died out only a few decades … Continue reading

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How about this for a list of ‘sprites and bogies’…

One of the earliest sources I’m currently working with is a collection of tracts written by Michael Aislabie Denham, who was a Yorkshireman, an ordinary man who made his living as a ‘general merchant’. He died in 1859, in Piersebridge … Continue reading

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North Euston Hotel

The North Euston hotel was built in the 1830s, when it became clear that the new railway system would reach Fleetwood.  It was hoped that there would be a steady flow of long-distance travellers, all needing sustenance or a bed … Continue reading

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