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Jeppe Knave Grave



Folk traditions about this site ascribe it as the grave of a character called Jeppe, who was an outlaw in the 11th or 12th century. This Jeppe and his band at some stage were waylaid and Jeppe was slain. As none of the local parishes would want to fork out for a decent burial for the knave, his cadaver was taken to the point where the parishes of Pendleton, Wiswell and Sabden meet and interred there. However, it appears the point where the parishes meet is actually some way away at the summit of Wiswell Moor, so Jeppe was deposited in a prehistoric monument on the side of the fell.
Other traditions claim that Jeppe was a murdered pauper, though the same economical reasons for his odd burial spot are cited.
An interesting note is that, in 1969, an axe dating from the Bronze Age was discovered in Pendleton. The object is now on display at Clitheroe Museum.
Posted by TheElf
14th January 2005ce

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