Category Archives: Folklore

In Olden Days – Legends of Rochdale and its Neighbourhood by Rev. G. R. Oakley

Rev. George Robert Oakley (1864-1932) was born in Dublin but his family moved to Yorkshire when he was an infant.

He was educated at Sheffield Royal Grammar School and St. Aidan’s Theological College, Birkinhead. When the church of St. Andrew’s, Dearnley was completed in 1895 he became the first vicar of that church.

During this time he collected together the myths and legends of the local area for this book.

In 1923 he became the Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Illingworth returning over the border into Yorkshire until his death.

His stories in this volume are

  • The Legend of Stubley Hall
  • The Legend of Clegg Hall
  • The Legend of Belfield Hall
  • The Legend of Dearnley
  • The Legend of Butterworth Hall
  • The Legend of Rochdale Castle
  • The Legend of Castleton
  • The Legend of Buckley Hall
  • The Legend of Tunshill
  • The Legend of Ashworth Chapel
  • The Legend of Littleborough
  • The Legend of the Monstone
  • The Legend of Schofield Hall
  • The Legend of Healey Dell
  • The Legend of the Calderbrook Torque
  • The Legend of the Baum Rabbit
  • The Legend of Royton Hall
  • The Legend of Brown Wardle
  • The Legend of Stubbylee


Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield

Vanishing EnglandThis book is intended not to raise fears but to record facts. We wish to describe with pen and pencil those features of England which are gradually disappearing, and to preserve the memory of them.

It may be said that we have begun our quest too late; that so much has already vanished that it is hardly worth while to record what is left. Although much has gone, there is still, however, much remaining that is good, that reveals the artistic skill and taste of our forefathers, and recalls the wonders of old-time.

It will be our endeavour to tell of the old country houses that Time has spared, the cottages that grace the village green, the stern grey walls that still guard some few of our towns, the old moot halls and public buildings. We shall see the old-time farmers and rustics gathering together at fair and market, their games and sports and merry-makings, and whatever relics of old English life have been left for an artist and scribe of the twentieth century to record.


Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-Lore by Charles Hardwick

Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-LoreFolk-Lore (Chiefly Lancashire and the North of England)

Our nursery legends and popular superstitions are fast becoming matters of history, except in the more remote and secluded portions of the country. But now that the light of modern investigation, and especially that ray furnished by recent discoveries in philological science, has been directed towards their deeper and more hidden mysteries, profound philosophical historians have begun to discover that from this apparently desolate literary region much reliable knowledge may be extracted, leading to conclusions of the most interesting and important kind, with reference to the early history of our race.


The Mabinogion translated by Lady Charlotte Guest

The MabinogionThe Red Book of Hergest, from which The Mabinogion are taken, is a collection of tales and poems written during the fourteenth century. 

Some of the Mabinogion in it have been reconstructed in Norman and Crusading times, but they contain reminiscences of a more distant period, often but half understood by the later story-teller.  Among these are “The Dream of Rhonabwy,” “The Lady of the Fountain,” and “Peredur the son of Evrawc”—the three which happen to come first in the Red Book.  These are Christian, but with distant glimpses of Celtic heathenism.  The adventures are all grouped around Arthur and his knights; and a kind of connection is given to the three tales by the presence of Owen and his mysterious ravens. Others, especially the four Mabinogion properly so called and the Tale of Lludd and Llevelys, are far older; they are older than Christianity, and older than Arthur.


Traditions of Lancashire Vol 2 by John Roby

A second collection of folk tales and stories from LancashireTraditions of Lancashire Volume 2

The Fairies Chapel, The Luck of Muncaster, The Peel of Fouldrey, A Legend of Bewsey, The Blessing, The Dule Upo’ Dun, Windleshaw Abbey, Clegg Hall, The Mermaid of Martin Meer, George Fox, The Demon of the Well, The Sands, The Ring and the Cliff, The Dead Man’s Hand, The Lost Farm, The Maid’s Stratagem, The Skull House, Rivington Pike, Mother Red-Cap, The Death-Painter, The Crystal Goblet.


Traditions of Lancashire Vol 1 by John Roby

A collection of folk tales and stories from LancashireTraditions of Lancashire Volume 1

Sir Tarquin,  The Goblin Builders, Mab’s Cross, The Prior of Burscough ,The Eagle and Child, The Black Knight of Ashton, Fair Ellen of Radcliffe, The Abbot of Whalley, Sir Edward Stanley, George Marsh, The Martyr, Dr. Dee, The Astrologer, The Seer, The Earl of Tyrone, Hoghton Tower, The Lancashire Witches, Siege of Lathom, Raven Castle, The Phantom Voice, The Bar-Gaist, The Haunted Manor House, Clitheroe Castle, The Grey Man of the Wood