In Response to David Barrowclough and John Hallam’s conclusions regarding ‘The Devil’s Footprints’ on Apronful Hill, Pendle: An investigation into the Brythonic identity of East Lancashire.

Cornthwaite, Jessica (2023) In Response to David Barrowclough and John Hallam’s conclusions regarding ‘The Devil’s Footprints’ on Apronful Hill, Pendle: An investigation into the Brythonic identity of East Lancashire. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

Lancashire folklore records a legend that footprints found in stone between the villages of Sabden and Pendleton were created by the Devil, who took the form of a giant and carried an apronful of stones with the intention of destroying Clitheroe Castle. Unfortunately, he failed. The stone that he threw missed the mark, and his apron-strings snapped leaving the pile of stones known as Apronful Hill. This legend is considered here in the context of historical and literary sources, accompanied by an analysis of place names and other legends. Whilst the initial investigation by David Barrowclough and John Hallam tentatively concluded a connection with Scandinavian rock art and mythology, a possible connection with Celtic mythology has been suggested here.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
Divisions: Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
Depositing User: Victoria Hankinson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2023 14:25
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 14:25
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2644

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