Category Archives: Living Lore

A Thousand Miles of History X: Mist and mystery

It took us about an hour to drive the twenty-odd miles from Brentor to the Cornish village of Minions on Bodmin moor. There were two sites that we wanted to visit, both of them on the Michael Line, the ley … Continue reading

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Living Lore: March folklore ~ Gary Stocker

Gary shares some March-related lore: “A peck of dust  Is worth a king’s ransom” A peck being a unit of dry volume. Finding that much dry soil in March is very unusual. “March many weathers” As we have seen, March … Continue reading

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Living Lore: The Devil’s Nutting Bag (or the Devil’s Nightcap or Alcock’s Arbour) ~ Gary Stocker

Gary continues his journey through Warwickshire’s folklore… the story of Alcock’s treasure reminded me forcibly of an old story about the treasure hidden beneath a Cistercian Abbey that I loved as a child… On the A46 Stratford Road, on the … Continue reading

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Living Lore: The Rollright Stones ~ Gary Stocker

This week, Gary takes us the Rollright Stones… a place we know and love. The dog, or ‘IndieAni Bones‘ as she insisted on calling herself, wrote her own post about one of our visits… and I wrote about one strange … Continue reading

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Living Lore: Gibbet Hill, Coventry ~ Gary Stocker

Gibbet Hill is on the outskirts of Coventry and bisects the Kenilworth Road. It has been used as a place of execution since 1765. In days of yore, three soldiers of Lord’s Pembroke’s Regiment of Dragoons, wearing disguises, mugged three … Continue reading

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Living Lore: Murder, Ghosts and Sainthood in Offchurch ~ Gary Stocker

Gary Stocker shares the story of a murder, a ghost and a saint… whose legend I explore at the end of Gary’s post: In the Warwickshire village of Offchurch in the 1650s a man was stabbed to death in a … Continue reading

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Living Lore: City centre folklore in Coventry ~ Gary Stocker

Hobb’s Hole A few hundred yards from Coventry city centre used to be a water well called Hobb’s Hole (or Hob’s Hole). The users of which used to elect their own mayor. The ceremony of which culminated in him being … Continue reading

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A weekend wander: Conjuring the Devil?

On Sunday afternoon, with a little time to spare, we wandered out to North Marston, just a few miles from my home, to revisit the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While its name is quite a … Continue reading

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Living Lore: Ghostly Re-enactment of the Battle of Edgehill ~ Gary Stocker

The secondary school which I attended, Kineton High, was in sight of Edgehill, where the first major battle of the British Civil War was fought. A story used to go around October time, during the Michaelmas Term, about how if … Continue reading

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Living Lore: Loxley – Robin Hood and a Witch ~ Gary Stocker

Continuing Gary Stocker’s Sunday series of posts on the folklore, ancient sites and legends of Britain. If you have similar stories to share from the area in which you live,  please read the footnote and send them in. Pretty much … Continue reading

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