The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth

Book Cover: The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 16.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291935172
Pages: 549

A factually based novel centred around the Lancashire Witch Trials.

The novel is based on the true story of the Pendle witches, who were executed in 1612 for causing harm by witchcraft. Modern critics such as David Punter consider the book to be Ainsworth’s best work.

The subject of the Pendle witches was suggested to Ainsworth by antiquarian and long-time friend James Crossley, President of the Chetham Society.

During 1846 and 1847 Ainsworth visited all of the major sites involved in the story, such as Pendle Hill and Malkin Tower, home of the Demdikes, one of the two families accused of witchcraft.

He wrote the story in 1848, when it was serialised in the Sunday Times newspaper.

Lancashire Sketches by Edwin Waugh

Book Cover: Lancashire Sketches by Edwin Waugh
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 10.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291978889
Pages: 354

In this volume, relating to a district with which the writer was intimately acquainted, he has gathered up a few points of local interest, and, in connection with these, he has endeavoured to embody something of the traits of life in South Lancashire with descriptions of its scenery, and with such gleanings from its local history as bore upon the subject, and, under the circumstances, were available to him.

Waugh is commemorated on the Rochdale Dialect Writers’ Memorial,

“In grateful memory of four Rochdale writers of the Lancashire dialect who have preserved for our children in verse and prose that will not die, the strength and tenderness, the gravity and humours of the folk of our day, in the tongue and talk of the people.”
Erected in the year 1900.

  • Chapel Island
  • Ramble from Bury to Rochdale
  • The Cottage of Tim Bobbin
  • The Birthplace of Tim Bobbin
  • Ramble from Rochdale to the Top of Blackstone Edge
  • The Town of Heywood and its Neighbourhood
  • The Grislehurst Boggart
  • Boggat Ho’ Clough
  • Rostherne Mere
  • Oliver Fernleaf’s Watch
  • Norbeck
  • Wails of the Workless Poor
  • A Wayside Incident During the Cotton Famine
  • Saint Catherine’s Chapel
  • The Knocker-Up
  • The Complaint of a Sad Complaint
  • Firelit Shed
  • Dulesgate
  • Pilling Moss
  • The Forest of Rossendale
  • Tattlin’ Mary
  • The Storm
  • Among the Preston Operatives

Dialect of South Lancashire or Tim Bobbin’s Tummus and Meary by John Collier

Book Cover: Dialect of South Lancashire or Tim Bobbin’s Tummus and Meary by John Collier
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 8.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781326080969
Pages: 183

John Collier was an English caricaturist and satirical poet known by the pseudonym of Tim Bobbin. His first and most famous work, A View of the Lancashire Dialect, or, Tummus and Mary, appeared in 1746, and is the earliest significant piece of Lancashire dialect to be published

He died in 1786 leaving the sum of £50 and was buried in the churchyard of Rochdale Parish Church, St. Chad’s. He wrote his own epitaph 20 minutes before he died, “Jack of all trades…left to lie i’th dark” which is inscribed upon his gravestone.

He had also written a number of other humorous epitaphs for graves, a number of which can still be seen in St. Chad’s churchyard.

This 1850 edition also includes an enlarged and amended glossary of Lancashire Dialect compiled by Samuel Bamford.