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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 10:58 am 
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Not many years ago there resided in the neighbourhood of Burnley an old woman, whose malevolent practices were supposed to render themselves manifest by the injuries she inflicted on her neighbours' cattle 3 and many lucky-stone, many a stout horse-shoe and rusty sickle may now be found behind the doors or hung from the beams in the cow-houses and stables belonging to the farmers in that locality, which date their suspension from the time when this " witch " in reputation held the country-side in awe. Not one of her neighbours ever dared to offend her openly ; and if she at any time preferred a request, it was granted at all hazards, regardless of inconvenience and expense. If, in some thoughtless moment, any one spoke slightingly, either of her or her powers, a corresponding
penalty was threatened as soon as it reached her ears, and the loss of cattle, personal health, or a general " run of bad luck " soon led the otfending party to think seriously of making peace with his powerful tormentor. As time wore on, she herself sickened and died ; but before she could "shuffle off this mortal coil" she must needs transfer her familiar spirit to some trusty successor.
An intimate acquaintance from a neighbouring township was consequently sent for in all haste, and on her arrival was immediately closeted with her dying friend. What passed between them has never fully transpired, but it is confidently affirmed that at the close of the interview this associate received the witch's last breath into her mouth, and with it thefamiliar spirit. The dreaded woman thus ceased to exist, but her powers for good or evil were transferred to her companion 5 and on passing along the road from Burnley to Blackburn, we can point out a farm-house at no great distance, with whose thrifty matron no one will yet dare to quarrel.

Lancashire Folk-lore by Harland & Wilkinson.

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:28 am 
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gloria used to live on the Road between Blackburn & Burnley :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 8:44 am 
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Ha ha I did, and it was in a farmhouse..

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 9:06 am 
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There you go then. It was Gloria!

How old are you Gloria? The book this is from was published in 1867 :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 9:13 am 
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Don't I just look good for my age then?????

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 9:51 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:13 pm 

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Well well, I too lived in a farmhouse on a road twixt Burnley and Blackburn and my surname was Nutter !!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:00 pm 
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Ha ha we have Nutters. We lived in Altham Pauline, where abouts were you?

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Gloria wrote:
Ha ha we have Nutters. We lived in Altham Pauline, where abouts were you?


Hi Gloria,

We had a corner shop on Cobden St in Padiham and then moved to Stirkin Hill Farm now called Stirk House on Blackburn Rd, Padiham. It is just down from the cemetry on the left hand side if travelling towards Simonstone. I have many happy childhood memories of time spent there, :D

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