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Pendle Hill

Sacred Hill

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Nearest Town:Clitheroe (6km W)
OS Ref (GB):   SD804414 / Sheet: 103
Latitude:53° 52' 5.3" N
Longitude:   2° 17' 53.15" W

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'Witch's cottage' unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Not a prehistoric find here but a rare find of use this site into the 17th century.
texlahoma Posted by texlahoma
8th December 2011ce

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Some stoney folklore from the hill (not unfamiliar from elsewhere):
On a farm called Craggs, near Sabden, on the sloping side of Pendle, is a mass of sandstone rocks, which have fallen down from the scar above. On one side of the big stones are two marks side by side, about two feet six inches long, and about six inches wide. They resemble gigantic footmarks, and are said to be those of the Devil. However, when he alighted on the stone he must have crossed his legs, for the left footprint is on the right side of the stone. The outline of this foot is quite perfect, but the other is ill-formed. This is accounted for by the well known fact that the Devil has a club foot.

About a mile from the "Devil's Footprints," and on the crest of the hill above Ashendean Clough, not far from the Well Springs public-house, are a quantity of stones scattered about on the ground, locally known as "The Apronful." Nearly in the centre of them is a hollow in the ground, and the writer is inclined to think that these stones were formerly built into a rude wall round the hollow as a base for a beacon fire, and that they have since been scattered about as they now lie.

The local legend however, is as follows. One day the Devil was coming with an apronful of stones for the purpose of knocking down Clitheroe Castle. He stepped from Hambledon Hill on to the side of Pendle, where he left the footmarks on Cragg's Farm before alluded to. His next step was to the Apronful. Here being in view of the Castle, he took one of the stones and threw it towards Clitheroe; but just as he was in the act of doing so, his 'brat string' broke, and all the stones he was carrying were tumbled on to the ground. [The stone he was throwing] fell short of the mark, and may now be seen, with the marks of his fingers on it, in a field above Pendleton.

The breaking of the apron-string is a very common incident in folk stories. It occurs in connection with the building by the Devil of a bridge near Kirkby Lonsdale; and in an Ormskirk legend of the Devil.
From a piece in the Burnley News, 8th January 1916.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd December 2017ce

A recording I made in 2006 with my Grandma on her recollections of Pendle Hill.
texlahoma Posted by texlahoma
10th September 2014ce
Edited 10th September 2014ce

As I have previously observed, striated boulders, brought from a great distane by what geologists term the "glacial drift," are especially regarded as debris resulting from giant warfare or amusement. Many rocks of this class lying to the south of Pendle Hill, near Great Harwood, I am informed, are still looked upon by the vulgar as stones which have been hurled by giants from the surrounding hills.
From 'Traditions, Superstitions, and Folk-lore (chiefly Lancashire and the north of England)', by Charles Hardwick (1872).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd April 2010ce

In 1652 George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement climbed Pendle Hill because he was 'moved of the Lord' to do so. On its summit he saw a vision and had a mystical experience which inspired him in his religious mission. stubob Posted by stubob
8th November 2008ce

As old as Pendle-hill.

This is generally understood to mean coeval with the creation, or at least, with the flood; although, if it be, as some have supposed, the effect of a volcano, its first existence may have a later date.
From the Lancashire section of: A provincial glossary: with a collection of local proverbs, and popular superstitions. Francis Grose (1790). Online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th February 2007ce


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Lancashire Life

Photos of the Devil's footprints (and a description of how to find them).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th February 2020ce