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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

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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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Gallows Hill

Williamson Park and the gloriously self-indulgent Ashton Memorial overlook the city of Lancaster; from here, the Castle can be clearly seen.  The Park comprises over fifty acres of woodland but the focal point is the Memorial, a white dome which … Continue reading

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