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Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2   By: (1793-1850)

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"Time has spared the epitaph on Adrian's horse, confounded that of himself."

SIR THOMAS BROWNE.

TRADITIONS

OF

LANCASHIRE.

BY

JOHN ROBY, M.R.S.L.

ILLUSTRATED BY ENGRAVINGS ON STEEL AND WOOD.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

Fifth Edition.

LONDON: GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS. MANCHESTER: L. C. GENT. 1872.

PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE AND COMPANY EDINBURGH AND LONDON

Transcriber's note: Minors spelling inconsistencies mainly hyphenated words have been harmonised.

Obvious printer errors have been corrected, but the original regional spelling of "properpty" (in "Clegg Hall") has been retained.

Letters after the sign ^ should be read as superscript. Example Edw^d, where the "d" is superscript.

Some chapters start with illustrations. In the original book those illustrations are not named. Here they are named after their chapters.

The Latin numbers (i, ii, etc.) behind some words or expressions refer to the transcriber's notes at the end of this e book.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.

PAGE THE FAIRIES' CHAPEL, 1

THE LUCK OF MUNCASTER, 24

THE PEEL OF FOULDREY, 35

A LEGEND OF BEWSEY, 69

THE BLESSING, 78

THE DULE UPO' DUN, 82

WINDLESHAW ABBEY, 96

CLEGG HALL, 137

THE MERMAID OF MARTIN MEER, 172

GEORGE FOX, 189

THE DEMON OF THE WELL, 206

THE SANDS, 225

THE RING AND THE CLIFF, 236

THE DEAD MAN'S HAND, 247

THE LOST FARM, 262

THE MAID'S STRATAGEM, 294

THE SKULL HOUSE, 311

RIVINGTON PIKE, 322

MOTHER RED CAP, 345

THE DEATH PAINTER, 389

THE CRYSTAL GOBLET, 416

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE PEEL OF FOULDREY To face page 35

BEWSEY, NEAR WARRINGTON 69

WINDLESHAW ABBEY 96

CLEGG HALL, NEAR ROCHDALE 137

PEG O'NELLY'S WELL, NEAR CLITHEROE 206

ULVERSTONE SANDS 225

THE LOST FARM, NEAR SOUTHPORT 262

RIVINGTON PIKE 322

"THE THRUTCH," NEAR ROCHDALE 349

THE FAIRIES' CHAPEL.

"Farewell, rewards and fairies! Good housewives now may say; For now foule sluts in dairies, Doe fare as well as they: And though they sweepe their hearths no less Than mayds were wont to doe, Yet who of late, for cleaneliness, Finds sixe pence in her shoe?"

Percy's Reliques.

The ancient mansion of Healey Hall was a cumbrous inconvenient dwelling of timber; but the spirit of improvement having gone forth in the reign of Elizabeth, an ordinary hall house of stone was erected, about the year 1620, by Oliver Chadwick. On the south front was a projecting wing and three gables, with a large hall window. The north front had two gables only, with a projecting barn. The north entrance, covered by a porch, was a thorough passage, answering to the screens of a college, having on one side the hall and parlour beyond; on the other were the kitchen, buttery, &c. On the river below was a corn mill; this and a huge barn being necessary appendages to the hospitable mansions and plentiful boards of our forefathers. Over the front door was this inscription

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