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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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Bowdon Church and the Mummy’s Hand

There’s a Victorian tale about a Bowdon lady who visited Egypt and brought home a gruesome souvenir; a mummy’s hand. She displayed it proudly in her drawing-room under a glass dome and it was, no doubt, an intriguing conversation piece. … 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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Fairies in Sacks – Poachers Beware!

In his book Welsh Folklore, published in 1887, Elias Owen mentions the following story from Llandrillo in Denbighshire: Nearby was a little valley called Cwm Pennant, after the river which ran through it, and the valley was believed to be … Continue reading

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Weir… and perhaps a witch…

In Weir, an area of Bacup, there was once a young woman who was married to an old man and dissatisfied with her lot. When night came she would steal away from her husband’s bed and go wandering, but where … Continue reading

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A Boggart Did It – Proved In Court!

In 1869, a court in Blackburn pronounced, amazingly, that a boggart had been responsible for breaking numerous windows in the Union Buildings. A respectable-looking man called George Hindle had been accused and taken to court. The court heard how windows … Continue reading

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