Category Archives: Local Legends

‘Red Clogs’ a Coalminer’s Ghost

Recently, whilst researching for Manchester Folk, I came across an intriguing mention of a ghost known as Red Clogs. No detail was given but with a little research, I discovered that he wasn’t called that because he wore red clogs … Continue reading

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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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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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Written Stone Lane

Written Stone Lane, Longridge Written Stone Lane is little more than a country lane today, but it is part of an old Roman road and was once a thoroughfare. It takes its name from a large slab of stone on … Continue reading

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Ladyewell, at Fernyhalgh, near Preston

Ladywell House is a vocational centre with a small chapel on the upper floor. It takes its name from the magical spring-fed well which lies in the grounds of the house. Today it is easily accessible, but once upon a … Continue reading

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