Folklore and Superstitions of Old Heywood

For centuries, Heywood was a small rural village surrounded by woods, winding valleys, and scattered cottages. The people who lived there were generally isolated, living their whole lives in a very localised environment. They clung determinedly onto old beliefs and superstitions passed down from centuries before, and some of this ancient knowledge was still strong in local rural spots during the 19th century, and has survived in diluted forms to this day. 

The pages linked below will explore some of these sometimes peculiar beliefs:

Link to story of the Gristlehurst Boggart in Heywood, Lancashire
In 1855 local writer Edwin Waugh heard all about a noted local ghost.

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