A fascinating cornucopia of folklore facts from Yorkshire. The broad acres of the white rose county have always held more than their fair share of folklore myth and legend. Arnold Walker has dipped into this wealth of material and stories, and presents the best, the strangest, and some of the most chilling. From forgotten nineteenth-century squires and their feuds, through drunken monks, gibbets and severed hands, to early balloonists and flying machines, he serves up the very cream of the broth, including the Great Yorkshire Train Robbery of 1867. As befits a former contributor to Dalesman and other well known Yorkshire publications, he handles the stories deftly and adroitly, drawing the reader into a world of boggarts and weather-saws, eccentric parsons and mountebanks.
If you’ve ever felt "as grue as thunder” or even "as thrang as three in a bed”, you’re now reading about a book written specially for you. Arnold Walker was born in 1908 and was brought up in and around Whitby and the Yorkshire Moors. By profession he was an engineer but a writer by inclination. He was educated at Barnard Castle School and Leeds University, where he met his wife. For about thirty years he was Natural History Curator at the Whitby Museum and he is still an honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society there. During Hitler's war he was employed in the tool room at Blackburn Aircraft at Brough, in the (then) East Riding. He collected these tales before 1970 when he moved with part of his family to Canada.