Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ghostly cries of Snapper John’s daughter

A previously unpublished ghost story from the Muker area of Swaledale launches a new section of the web site associated with this blog. It’s to do with folk lore. The awful story of Snapper John’s lost daughter was kindly given … Continue reading

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Pictures of the story of Muker

Among the responses to Arthur Harwood Brierley’s 1897 article about life in the upper Swaledale village of Muker, re-published on the web pages associated with this blog, I have received copies of a couple of interesting photographs. One is of … Continue reading

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Schoolmaster who “robbed the poor” was “chased to death by fiendish imps”

Two ghost stories concluded Arthur Harwood Brierley’s lengthy article about the village of Muker in upper Swaledale, which appeared in the Leeds Mercury newspaper in 1897. One – about a young woman’s gruesome suicide and bizarre burial – was cited … Continue reading

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Nickname systems of upper Swaledale

Two old characters from the village of Muker in Swaledale were celebrated by Arthur Harwood Brierley in a lengthy article published in the Leeds Mercury in 1897. They were Fiddler Cwoatey and Sarah Joan Kit – the former an itinerant musician and … Continue reading

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