Tag: Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall

Robert won the right to inherit the property and in 1530 he began the construction of Rufford Old Hall, which was not completed by his death in 1541. Robert’s son, Thomas, continued the construction of the building until completion.

Beacon Fell

A film set was constructed here in 2018 for the Television series Curfew with Billy Zane and Sean Bean.

Christ Church

The churchyard includes three graves of soldiers from World War 1 and the grave of an airman and soldier from World War 2.

Chatburn Halloween Trail 2021

Each year the village decorates their houses and community areas for Halloween.

St James’ Shireshead Old Church

St James’ is located in the hamlet of Shireshead, near Forton, Preston.

St Michael and All Angels Church

This superstition meant that the doors on these unfavourable and shaded sides were blocked off so witches couldn’t enter, they were left to go into a state of disrepair and no person of respectability would be buried here.

Samlesbury Hall

In 1612 Jane Southworth, Jennet Bierley and her daughter-in-law, Ellen Bierley, were accused of witchcraft by Grace Sowerbutts, the teenage granddaughter of Jennet. It was acclaimed that they had killed Grace’s twelve-month-old baby. Once the child had been buried, the three women exhumed the body from the graveyard, cooked it, ate it and saved the fat to rub into their bodies in order to change their appearance. The three accused women were incarcerated at Lancaster castle.

Leighton Hall

Surrounded by Yew trees which are traditionally found in graveyards, the old stone cross is a reminder that this was once a graveyard to the Catholics of the family who couldn’t be buried anywhere but on private land.

St Michael’s Church

Inside the church is a large pendulum that hangs down from the wall. This clock was installed in 1850 and the ticking can be heard throughout the building.

The Witch of Woodplumpton

The Witch of Woodplumpton is the legend of a woman named Meg Shelton, she was accused of witchcraft and in 1705 she was buried in this churchyard.

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