Allhallowtide is coming. Residents of Chapelkill are asked to take the usual precautions.
The Pendle Witches by Richard Catlow
Published by Hendon Publishing Co. Ltd., Nelson, Lancs.
Cover image from an oil painting by Norman Bocking. It depicts Frances Dickenson on her magic steed. The shadow is that of a young boy Edmund Robinson whom Frances Dickenson is reputed to have made ride with her to a witches’ feast at Hoarstones, near Fence.
In the interests of transparency Chapelkill Council has put together this new infographic illustrating how it spends your money.
This was designed by the brains in the Reference Library using their new Demdike606 computer operating computer-system.
This is why the lift in Chapelkill Library is permanently Out of Order.
(From page 13 of Haunted Houses: Ghosts & Spectres by Eric Maple and Lyn Myring. Part of Usborne Pocketbook’s Supernatural Guides series. The Head Librarian’s favourite book for many, many years.)
These stories were discovered handwritten and in an unfinished state in the back pages of a leather bound journal purchased from a stall on Chapelkill Market. The Chapelkill Library Press approached local author James Cessford to edit this short collection and bring it to a state suitable for publication.
It is bingo caller William Bowe’s last night before he retires. Bingo Jesus tells the tale of his final draw when the secrets of the universe are unexpectedly laid bare. Icarus lives beneath Brighton’s Palace Pier. The Mendicant follows his descent into despair as the voice inside his mouth refuses to stop singing. The final story, Cleave, is a dark fairy tale of sacrifice and obsession where death is not always any guarantee of relief.
The Chapelkill Library Press has taken all reasonable steps to determine the author of the three tales in this collection. Should you have any further information please get in touch. James and The Chapelkill Library Press are keen to return ownership to its rightful place as soon as can be arranged.
Withy Grove, Manchester looking west in 1967 before redevelopment. Most of these buildings have been demolished. The Arndale Centre and Printworks are there now.
Withy Grove Stores - the location of the final key in Mr Smith’s Dream.
(Source: Flickr / michaeledwards)
Rock Carvings of Northern Britain by Stan Beckensall.
Part of the brilliant Shire Archaeology series.
Cover photograph by Stan Beckensall shows a rock carving at Old Beswick, Northumberland - “a good example of concentric circles that flow into each other; ducts flow down the rock, linking the figures.”
The Chapelkill Tourist Board is releasing a new series of books encouraging visitors to get out.
Copies will be available at the Front Desk.
"Below there! Look out! Look out! For God’s sake clear the way!"