Myth & Legend

The following is a transcript of a article written by Dr James Clegg, Presbyterian Minister at Chapel-en-le-Frith and recounted in a letter to The Glossopdale Chronicle, dated Saturday, September 1st, 1860. It purports to be based on an eyewitness account of the happenings in Hayfield on the last day of August 1745


"Alleged Raising of Spirits at Hayfield"

"I know you are pleased with anything curious and uncommon in nature and if what follows shall appear such, I can assure you from eyewitnesses of the event of every particular. In a church at about three miles distance from us, the indecent custom still prevails of burying the dead in the place set apart for the devotions of the living, yet the parish not being very populous one would scarce imagine the inhabitants of the grave could be strained for want of room, yet it would seem so for on the last of August, hundreds of bodies rose out of the grave in the open air in that Church to the great astonishment and terror of several spectators. They deserted the coffin and rising out of the grave immediately ascended directly towards Heaven, singing in consert all along as they mounted through the air.

"They had no winding sheets about them yet did not appear quite naked, their vesture appeared streaked with gold, interlaced with sable, skirted with white yet thought to be exceeding light by the agility of their motions and the swiftness of their ascent. They left a most fragrant and delicious odour behind them but were quickly out of sight and what is become of them or in what distant region of this vast system they have since fixed their residence no mortal can tell.

"The church is Heafield, three miles from Chappell Frith, 1745"

(the Bulls Head Inn is next door to the Church! ed)


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