The darker side of folklore witnesses witches, devils and death in the cultural landscape. Murder, plague and body snatchers abound!
In the middle of the night a local man meets, to his horror, a funeral party coming down the road towards him.
Body snatchers and grave robbers were at large in the 1700 and 1800s. Hear how a young boy took guard of his grandfather’s coffin.
An old story tells of how a blacksmith from Longformacus met the devil at the ‘Foul Ford’. For many years this place was thought to be haunted.
Peter Darling saw a ghost and was sure it was an omen of his own death. He drowned a few days later in the Whiteadder Water.
During a time of plague of the 1600s, Preston villagers are said to have tried out an unusual cure.
This fascinating but tragic poem was discovered during our project research. It retells an actual event which happened at Hell’s Cradle.