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.