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Lancashire Folk by Melanie Warren

Lancashire Folk by Melanie Warren

I've known Mel for over 20 years, meeting though ASSAP while investigating paranormal cases in the North of England. We share a passion for collecting stories and coming from Lancashire myself I have been looking forward to reading Mel's new book and revisiting some of the old stories, coming across some new ones..and of course, I can now add the book to my collection! Read More »

An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite

Dr Jason Braithwaite

We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More »

GhostNav: Black Country Ghosts

The Black Country GhostNav is a new Android smart phone app by Andrew Homer and Nick Williamson for lovers of ghosts and hauntings. Paranormal enthusiasts can use the app to discover haunted locations in and around the Black Country area. Read More »

Book Review

It's a Kind of Magic: A Personal Guide to Developing Psychic Skills & Working with Spirit

It's a Kind of Magic: A Personal Guide to Developing Psychic Skills & Working with Spirit

Anyone looking for a practical, personal and empathetic insight into how to channel and develop their psychic skills,need look no further than, ‘It's a Kind of Magic’ by Janet O’Carroll, a psychic medium. Read More »

Riding The Black Lad (Black Knight Pageant), Ashton-under-Lyne

In 1911, the following description of this ancient Ashton custom appeared in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4. Read More »

Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association (NIPRA)

NIPRA was founded in 1991 by Warren Coates. The group was originally started by those with an interest in the Paranormal, but it soon became the most established and credible paranormal research group in Northern Ireland. Read More »

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Church Lamb, Sweden

‘Another form of spectre animal is the kirk-grim, which is believed to haunt many churches. Sometimes it is a dog, sometimes a pig, sometimes a horse, the haunting spectre being the spirit of an animal buried alive in the churchyard for the purpose of scaring away the sacrilegious. Read More »

Radiant Boy

‘There is the popular legend of the 'Radiant Boy' — a strange boy with a shining face, who has been seen in certain Lincolnshire houses and elsewhere. This ghost was described to Mr. Baring-Gould by a Yorkshire farmer, who, as he was riding one night to Thirsk, suddenly saw pass by him a ‘radiant boy' on a white horse. Read More »

Sykes Street, Hull

The following account appeared in ‘County Folk-Lore Volume VI - Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning The East Riding Of Yorkshire (1911)’ edited by Eliza Glutch. Read More »

Giant’s Cave, Edenhall

At Giant's Cave, near Eden Hall, it has been the custom from time immemorial for the lads and lasses of the neighbouring villages to collect together on the third Sunday in May, to drink sugar and water, when the lasses give the treat: this is called Sugar-and-Water Sunday. They afterwards adjourn to the public house, and the lads return the compliment in cakes, ale, punch, etc. Read More »

Holwell Holy Well

"HERE was a holy well or spring in the village of Holwell, on the borders of Bedford and Hertfordshire; unfortunately both history and site have been forgotten by the villagers at Holywell.”—A. C. G. Cameron, H.M. Geological Survey. [The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893)]

Feather Death Related Folklore

According to The Ghost World by T. F. Thiselton Dyer (1893) ‘The presence of pigeon or game feathers is said to be another hindrance to the exit of the soul; and, occasionally, in order to facilitate its departure, the peasantry in many parts of England will lay a dying man on the floor. Read More »

Old Brine, Nantwich

On Ascension Day, the old inhabitants of Nantwich piously sang a hymn of thanksgiving for the blessing of the Brine. Read More »

Bag or Black Mere

Robert Charles Hope gives the following description of Bag Mere in ‘The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells’ (1893). "Before any heir of this [Brereton] family dies, there are seen in a lake adjoyning, the bodies of trees swimming upon the water for several days together." — [Camden : Brit. (Gibson's ed.), i. 677.] Read More »

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