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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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Bramall Hall – Moved by the Fairies!

Bramall Hall, on Hall Road in Bramhall, is several centuries old. Parts of the building date from the late 1590s. A short distance from the hall is Crow Holt Wood and this, so the legend says, is where the builders … Continue reading

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Blackley Hall and Old Shay’s Ghost

Blackley Hall was a large and ancient manor house dating from Tudor times but by 1760 it was no longer used as one large family home. Separate parts of it were rented out by the Scholes family, who owned it. … Continue reading

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