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The Wise man of a stokesley a man called Wrightson is reputed to have been a great seer and healer. The 7th son of a 7th daughter he was especially famed for healing cattle and his far sight. He died in the 1900s. Many villages had such wise men and women famed for their powers.


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According to 'Buildings of

According to 'Buildings of Stokesley publishe by the Stokesley Society, John Wrightson, Stokesley's Wise Man, probably came to the town at the end of the eighteenth century.  At one point 30 High Street belonged to Wrightson and later that building became associeted with printing, stationery and newspapers.

'His advice was sought for a wide range of problems by the public.  Many are the stories of his miraculous cures, particularly of sick animals'.



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