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Cley Hill



The folk of Devizes had offended the devil, who sore he would serve them out. So he went "down the country" (ie into Somerset), and found a big "hump" and put it on his back, to carry it and fling it at them. On his journey back he met a man and asked the way to Devizes. The man replied,
That's just what I want to know myself. I started for Devizes when my beard was black, and now it's grey, and I haven't got there yet.
The devil replied, "If that's how it is, I won't carry this thing no further, so here goes, " and he flung the "girt (great) hump" off his shoulder, and there it is.
Collected in Warminster, 1893. On p78 of
Folklore Notes from South-West Wilts
John U. Powell
Folklore, Vol. 12, No. 1. (Mar., 1901), pp. 71-83.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th April 2002ce
Edited 15th April 2007ce

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