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    I was sure I found this over at Google Books but now I can't seem to find the link so here it is at Internet Archive book consists of all sorts of stories about people who were considered oddities eccentrics the man who pretended to be a prophet but who wasn't the man who was disappointed in love and spent 40 years in bed the man who trained a bull to accept a rider and rode it in fox hunts etc All of the tales have the collected in the neighborhood folklore feel yet here and there they are less folklore and really good storytelling For example at the end of The White House p 204 On this hill a gibbet had been erected and there the three bodies were hung with their faces towards the dismal flat and the gurgling stream where the murdered man had been drowned There they hung blown about by the autumn storms screeched over by the ravens and magpies baked by the summer sun their bare scalps capped with cakes of snow in the cold winter til they dropped upon the ground and then the bones were buried and the gallows cut downAnd that's the part of the story that's come after the ghost If you can't imagine those caps of snow well then your imagine isn't running amuck like mine isHaving said that there are some that really drag on slowly with the amount of details so don't expect this to be a book full of exciting stories Some are only mildly interesting But it's almost better that way when you've been lulled into a false sense of security by the other uiet tales of people and suddenly there you are bodies hunt on the gibbet That's not where they were hung by the way leaving a body up to rot was a very old concept of law enforcement 'here rot those who did evil thus you should listen to their lesson'I enjoyed this one particular footnote and wished that Baring Gould had added such notes as I like this sort of information Plus it also gives you an idea of the kind of research he was doingp 274 footnote Greenwood is probably the most prevalent name in the neighborhood Out of 755 entries in a public register in the neighborhood the name Greenwood occurs 48 times Helliwell 34 Sutcliffe 33 Cockcroft 18 Smith 18 Akroyd 15 Crabtree 15 Mitchell 14 Stanisfield 13 Uttley 13We may here remark on the prevalence of patronymic names which sometimes are really useful however inelegant in a district where the same names recur so freuently Thus John o' Abbie's and Joan o' Jim's were the ordinary names of two individuals who were each legally designated John Stansfield By how many useful variations is the name John Sutcliffe represented To strangers this practice is the puzzling from the freuent use of abbreviations such as Eam Than Lol Abbie Jooas Kit or Katie Joan Tim and Tum; For Edmund Nathaniel Lawrence Abraham Joseph Catherine John Timothy Thomas There was formerly a Jimmie o' Jamie o' James o' the Jumps George o' my Gronny's and Will o' Nobody's are bold specimens of what may be done by the principle in uestion carried out with a little licence Not unfreuently also people are named for their residences as John up th' steps and Old Ann o' th' Hinging Royd Bye names also become sometimes attached as if they were real family surnames If it were not personal many singular instances might be given Persons are freuently unable without some consideration to recognize the legal names of their neighbors Upon the hillside at Jumps near Todmorden I once asked a little girl who was her father Will o' th' Jumps she replied And who's Will o' th' Jumps? I again inuired He's Ailse o' th' Jumps fellie replied the girl; and I doubt whether she had any idea whatever of her legal surnameThis note came after a point in the chapter The One Pound Note where I'd had to turn back and reread to make sure that the Joan in the text who kept being referred to as he was indeed spelled Joan There are multiple John's in the story After reading the footnote it made a lot sense The footnote was probably placed where it was because that was the part of the story where legal names came in

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Yorkshire Oddities ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Yorkshire Oddities Author Sabine Baring-Gould – Excerpt from Yorkshire Oddities Incidents and Strange EventsThis was the only Occasion of my visiting the church I confess the impression left on my nerves was not pleasant and I do not think I should Excerpt from Yorkshire Oddities Incidents and Strange EventsThis was the only Occasion of my visiting the church I confess the impression left on my nerves was not pleasant and I do not think I should like to risk the effect of a repetition of it Apologising for thus troubling you with my experiencesAbout the PublisherForgotten books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at wwwforgottenbookscomThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.