Category Archives: Local Legends

Hill Meadow; Cromwell’s Hill.

In the area of Lancaster known as Aldcliffe, close to the canal and on the edge of countryside, there is an ancient field called Hill Meadow. In this field, I have read, there is an artificial hill, a few hundred … Continue reading

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The Legend of Giles Roper and the Devil on Fairsnape Fell

Giles Roper was crossing Fair Snape Fell one night, on his way home, when he came to a large boulder which was locally feared as a spot frequented by the Devil himself. Giles gave these rumours no real credence but … Continue reading

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Heskin Hall, at Heskin Green

Heskin Hall is now a modern conference centre, but its 16th century origins can still be seen. During the Civil War, Heskin Hall was a Royalist house, well-known for harbouring priests. One of these priests was discovered here by Roundhead … Continue reading

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Penwortham – a Fairy Funeral

Near St Mary’s Church, be wary of laying eyes on the Fairy Funeral, for such a sighting foretells your death! It is said that two men were walking this way late one night, at the dangerous hour of midnight. One … Continue reading

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The Devil in Cockerham

The Devil once took a liking to the pretty village of Cockerham and decided to take up residence there.  He delighted in patrolling the lanes of this sleepy village, frightening the villagers and filling their noses with the smell of … Continue reading

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The Tinker’s Tale

In a curious story from the 16th century, it transpires that the ‘Black Arts’ included lock-picking and other tricks of thievery.  Certainly there was artfulness and talent amongst those who made their living from this crime.  The tools for picking … Continue reading

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