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

Posted in Giant, Local Legends, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Local Legends, Manchester, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Ghosts, Local Legends, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘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

Posted in Ghosts, Local Legends, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Lancashire, Local History, Local Legends, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in animals, Church, Local Legends, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment