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Maiden Castle (Grinton)

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


I learn from Mr. Robinson, of Hill House, Reeth, Yorkshire, that in his neighbourhood as in many others is a place called Maiden's Castle, in which tradition avers a chest of gold is buried. "Many attempts," he says, "have been made to gain possession of the treasure, and one party of adventurers actually came up to the chest and laid hold of it, when a hen appeared, flapped her wings, and put out the light. This occurred three times, and the men were obliged to desist. The next day was Sunday, still they returned to the place. A violent storm of thunder and rain came on, however, and the 'drift,' in miners' phrase, 'ran'. My informant, an old man of the place, knew this, he said, for a fact."
From 'Notes on the folk-lore of the northern counties of England and the borders' by William Henderson (1879).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th January 2010ce

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