Folklore of Lincolnshire by Susanna O'Neill

By Susanna O'Neill

The county of Lincolnshire is a gorgeous mix of low-lying marshy fen land, modest hills and the steep valleys of the rolling Wolds; it's also domestic to a wealth of folklore, legend and intrigue. With some of the most fascinating dialects within the state, this mammoth sector can also be wealthy in superstitions, songs and conventional video games. A learn of the lifestyle, lore and customs of Lincolnshire are right here interspersed with tales of giant black hounds, dragon lairs, witches, Tiddy Mun, mischievous imps and stories of the folks referred to as the Yellowbellies. This totally illustrated e-book explores the origins and meanings of Lincolnshire’s traditions and indicates how the customs of the earlier have motivated the methods of the current.

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Then the drake or dragon made another appearance – flying out from under the stone, surveying the scene and then returning to its guardian position. After that it was left alone for a while, but it began to annoy the farmer, who constantly had to plough around it when working in his field. Eventually he had a large hole dug next to it and, presumably with the greatest of difficulty, had the boulder rolled in. Rudkin tells us that it was one Reverend Dodsworth, then vicar of Anwick, who didn’t want the stone to be lost, so commissioned a traction engine to haul it to its present place beside the church.

There was no escape, however, and the colossal waves crashed into the cities, destroying Valerian’s palace as well as all the houses and streets. It swept away all traces of Roman supremacy and then it rushed through the forest, washing away all the trees and swallowing up the hills and rivers. High in the upland range, the Iceni watched the sea smash against the ground below them, obliterating everything in its path, but fortunately they were high enough up and the waves abated just below them, sparing their lives.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and some people like courting trouble. It was believed by such folk that if you were to drop a pin in the keyhole of a church door and then run around the church seven times that the Devil would appear. Quite what they would do then is unclear. The legend of Dorrington Church boasts a similar belief. On a clear, moon-lit night you can peek through the keyhole to watch the Devil playing with glass marbles across the church floor. Exactly what Old Nick looks like we are not sure, although there is one story, retold by Rudkin,3 that describes him as a ‘funny little ole man’.

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