Country and County: Greater Manchester

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Th’ Pob Hole, Springhead

A pit in a farmer’s field at Springhead called ‘Th’ Pob Hole’ was thought to be a dark place where a local witch named Nan o’ Pob’s committed suicide. Her ghost is said to...

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Back-Slamming

Back-slamming is described in ‘Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports’ (1873) edited by John Harland & T. T. Wilkinson. ‘In this case, the offender is swung against a door, or wall, by two or more...

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Buck-Thanging

In ‘Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports’ (1873) edited by John Harland & T. T. Wilkinson, we are told that, ‘”Buck-thanging” is a Lancashire punishment still practised by school boys. The offender is taken and...

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Tossing In The Blanket

The following extract is from the 19th century. “Tossing in the Blanket,” or “pack-sheeting,” is still practised in the neighbourhood of Burnley. This is done when a sweetheart jilts her lover, and weds another....

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Stang Riding (Stang-riding)

According to ‘Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports’ (1873) edited by John Harland & T. T. Wilkinson, ‘THE practice of what is locally termed “stang riding” was practised in Lancashire some forty years’ ago. When...

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Mayers

In the diaries of William Rowbottom (covering 1787 – 1830) which were serialised in the Oldham Standard between 1887 and 1889, he refers to a group calling them Mayers. ‘May, 1789. – Last night...

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Whitfield Hall, Oldham

James Butterworth gave the following account in 1826 of a local story concerning a spectral tail. It was published in his History and Description of the Parochial Chapelry of Oldham in the County of...

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Chamber Hall Boggart, Oldham

Demolished in the early 20th century, Chamber Hall, according to tradition, from the 1600’s was associated with a boggart. The following newspaper article by W.A.W, entitled ‘Chamber Hall, It’s Place In Oldham History, Yeoman,...

The Radclyffe Arms

There is a story that an apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar with a pint of beer. It has been suggested that it could be the ghost a man who killed himself in the cellar. This haunting is mentioned on several websites but I am unsure of its origin.