Saturday, 19 November 2016

The story of St George, the dragon and Tosspot .... along with much more ......... tomorrow the mystery history walk

One to do tomorrow.

In the hurly burly of this year's Chorlton Book Festival the organisers squeezed me in between  the greats back with another history walk, starting on the old village green opposite the Horse and Jockey.*

There will be a mix of tales from dark deeds with more than a few murders and a burial scandal.

Actually there will be the story of two burial scandals one from 1880 and a second almost a century later.

Added to this there will be a selection of our old rural customs including “hunting the sparrow,” “heaving the stranger” and ever popular St George and the Dragon, which of course included St George, a dragon and the chap dressed as a woman and called “Tosspot.”

And that is all I will say for now.

Tickets are £4.75 including refreshments at the Dressing Room cafe at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre after the walk.  Booking in advance I am told is advisable which can be done by the following the link.**

Meet at Chorlton Green  opposite the Horse and Jockey M21 9HF at 2pm on November 20.

I promise it will last for no more than an hour ............ unless I get carried away with myself.

And for those who want to do their homework in advance and then try and catch me out with a question why not buy my book The Story of Chorlton-cum-Hardy available from Chorlton bookshop ........ such outrageous self promotion!***

Which just leaves me to say that there are plenty of other interesting, exciting and fun events which will last from November 18-26.

Most of the events are free unless otherwise stated, and if you don't fancy going on line to find out what is happening, there is always the telephone @ 0161 227 3700 or just call in at Chorlton Library.

Location; Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Picture; the Horse and Jockey, Chorlton Green, by Derrick A Lea circa 1955 and Mary Moore's gravestone, 2011 from the collection of Andrew Simpson

*Chorlton Book Festival,

**Booking for the Mystery Walk

***The Story of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Andrew Simpson, 2012,

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