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A sideways look at the apotropaic Marian mark.

Apotropaic or protective marks have featured in much recent historical research, in which NE editor John Billingsley has been active with co-founding the Hidden Charms conference and publishing his book Charming Calderdale, investigating protectives in his area of West Yorkshire. Here, he turns his attention to what happens when a mark loses its contemporary religious significance, […]

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Journeys of the Soul: Vernacular funeral paths in Upper Calderdale

Funeral paths, popularly known as corpseways, became a familiar topic in neo-antiquarian research in the 1980s when they entered discussions about leys as spirit roads. The association with leys faded, but they are still recognised as spirit paths of a kind, and often interact with hauntings and other supernatural encounters. In this book, John Billingsley

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Rushbearing & Ancient Measures books available again!

To tie in with the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival on the first weekend of September, we are pleased to be able to offer again Garry Stringfellow’s brief history of rushbearing customs in Sowerby Bridge and N England. https://northernearth.co.uk/books/ Also available by courtesy of the publishers is Peter Harris and Thomas Gough’s revised and heavily illustrated

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NE 173 coming soon

The September issue of Northern Earth will be finding its way to subscribers and shops by the end of August. Our lead article comes from Ceri Houlbrook, with an investigation of the attentions paid to the imaginary grave of Dobby, the house elf in the Harry Potter series. Other features address the fascinating appearance of

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Dreaming Valleys 2

March 2020 was a tense time for us, as the government considered the first lockdown and we had a groundbreaking event planned in Hebden Bridge! In the end, we made it with a week to spare, and the day was lapped up by a motley crowd of folklorists, geographers, historians, earth mysterians and psychogeographers sharing

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