Tag Archives: Folklore

Manchester Folk…

The manuscript of my next book, Manchester Folk, is finally with the publisher and compiling this new collection has been a joy. Apart from discovering magical places I didn’t previously know existed, it’s been very interesting to see how similar … Continue reading

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Lancashire Folk – the Book!

Pleased to announced that Lancashire Folk is finally available!  It is now in stock and available for purchase from the distributor, Gazelle Books.  For direct customers Gazelle have set up a promotional offer which will allow you to buy the … Continue reading

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The Passage of Fact into Folklore

This is the only surviving photograph of Jim Dawson. Shown here with the kind permission of Jennie Lee Cobban, from her personal collection. In my book ‘Lancashire Folk’ I mention a well-known story about the ghost of John Dawson who … Continue reading

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‘Folklore’ – The Ashton Weekly Reporter, and Stalybridge and Dukinfield Chronicle – Saturday 26 September 1857

I was browsing the British Newspaper Archive this evening (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) when I came across this collection of snippets… from a newspaper dated 1857, when Folklore was still alive and well in Lancashire.  It was also, coincidentally, the year my house … Continue reading

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Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, when our earliest ancestors rejoiced that from henceforth the days would become longer and the Sun return to the land. It was a day for celebration and feasting and … Continue reading

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The Dule Upon Dun, Chatburn

Once upon a time, in Chatburn, there was a tailor who was unhappy with his lot. One day the Devil appeared and offered him three wishes. In return, he would visit again in seven years time and collect the tailor’s … 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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