Country and County: West Yorkshire

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St Aidan’s Crocodile (2020)

According to a Yorkshire Live article by Nick Lavigueur 24 May 2020, he mentions being told that someone ‘has taken a video of what they believe is a crocodile submerged in the water at...

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Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is a Grade I Jacobean House with a reputation of being haunted. The original house dates from about 1520 and was built on land seized by the Crown in from the Poor...

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Robin Hood’s Well, Wakefield

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘Robin Hood’s Well is reputed to be the starting-place of a padfoot called in the neighbourhood the “Boggard...

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St Helen’s Well, Thorp Arch

Today the Well is dried up but Robert Charles Hope gives the following description of St Helen’s Well in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells (1893). ‘It was usual for those who consulted...

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The Revolution Well, Leeds

Robert Charles Hope gives the following description of The Revolution Well in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells (1893). ‘On the near side of the hill in Moortown Lane is a drinking well...

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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.

Kirkstall Abbey

The following tunnel legend was published in Notes on the Folk-lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders by William Henderson (1879). ’A…..tale is told of Kirkstall Abbey, near Leeds.

St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church, Calverley

St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church is a Grade II listed building, the earliest parts of which date from the 11th or 12th century, though there may have been an earlier structure on the site.