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Local myths and legends in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 18:24 12 April 2015

Can you guess all 6 of these strange and quirky places in Cheshire?

Can you guess all 6 of these strange and quirky places in Cheshire?

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Few counties can claim as much myth and legend as we have in Cheshire, with our vanishing Cheshire Cats and sleeping armies of Arthurian knights. Here are a few lesser known curiosities

White NancyWhite Nancy

White Nancy

White Nancy is a folly built in 1817 on the orders of local man, John Gaskell, on the top of Kerridge Hill, at Bollington. It is hollow with stone benches and table - but the door has been sealed off. Its name is a mystery

Rostherne ChurchRostherne Church

Rostherne Church

The memorial in Rostherne Church to Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton who died in 1845 aged 21. Official records state she died of a bronchial infection, but local tradition has it that she died in adjacent Rostherne Mere on the eve of her wedding

All Saints Church, SiddingtonAll Saints Church, Siddington

All Saints Church, Siddington

This black and white church at Siddington isn’t black and white timber and infill. The heavy roof needed strong walls for support and brick was chosen - and then painted in mock magpie style

The Legh Arms at PrestburyThe Legh Arms at Prestbury

The Legh Arms at Prestbury

The Legh Arms at Prestbury is also known as The Black Boy. (The two names appear, one on each side, of the inn sign). It was originally called The Saracen’s Head but it is said the sign painter didn’t know how to paint a Saracen and painted a young black boy instead. The name stuck

St Oswald's ChurchSt Oswald's Church

St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover

The ancient Bible chest at St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover, has three locks (meaning three church officials had to be present to open it). Tradition has it that any local girl wishing to be a farmer’s wife had to be able to lift the heavy lid with one hand to prove she was equal to life on the farm

Jenkin ChapelJenkin Chapel

Jenkin Chapel

Also known as St John the Baptist Church, Saltersford, has a farmhouse-like appearance. Local farmers wanted a place of worship and either built it themselves or called in local builders (in 1733)

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