Category Archives: Local Legends

Alderman Hill and Alphin Pike

Alphin Pike These high points near Saddleworth (near Manchester) were named after the two giants who made their homes there; Alphin and Alderman. They were friendly with each other at first, until they both fell in love with Rimmon, a … Continue reading

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The Tale of Fox Robin

St Peter’s Church, Westleigh In Westleigh, Greater Manchester, Fox Robin is a well-known name. Fox Robin was a farmer and Fox Robin Fold was his farm; the land was bought in recent years by Westleigh High School and is now … Continue reading

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The Park Mistress of Hornby Park

This little ghost story has some folk elements which are hard to ignore. A woman named Meg Brackin was out in Hornby Park one evening, looking for kindling for her fire. She came across another woman and wondered what she … Continue reading

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‘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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