Introduction

Hi and welcome to my site.
Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.


I would love to hear your stories as well. So if you have anything you would like me to look into and find information out, please let me know.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

PRIESTY FIELDS, CONGLETON





Priesty Fields got its name from the legend that there wasnt a Priest to perform services at Congleton. The nearest Priest was based at nearby Astbury. He would walk along an ancient medieval pathway which ran across these fields between the Parish Church at Astbury and St Peter's Church in Congleton.





This pathway crosses Howty Brook. The bridge's foundations date from the 11th century. The brook was the town's source of drinking water until it became polluted.



The first photo is St Peter's Church and the second is the parish church at Astbury.








This area is the scene of my next two tales.

TREASURE AT PRIESTY FIELDS

A hoard of three and a half thousand silver coins were found not far from the bridge in April 1992. The coins were sealed in two ceramic pots and two ceramic wine flagons. The coins were made up of sixpences, shillings, half crowns and crowns These coins were from the reigns of Edward 6th, Philip and Mary, Elizabeth 1st, James 1st, Chearle 1st and Charles 2nd.

It is said, they belonged to a Royalist named John Walker. He died in 1672. He was a local business man as well as Mayor. The coins are now on show at Northwich Salt Museum.

But why did John Walker have to hide these coins and is there anymore still hidden? And why this place?

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MURDER AT PRIESTY FIELDS

I have already written a version of this story in "MURDER IN NORTHWICH", but since I had put that on my blog, I have heard about this version.

In November 1776, the people of Congleton were peparing for an annual fair. This is known as a hiring fair, this was the time when workers/labours who were seeking employment or a change in jobs would come and talk to employers at the fair. Once a bargin or terms had been made, it was sealed by the employer handing over a shilling and the new employee would start on the 1st January.

Anne Smith was a Ballad Singer. Two weeks before the fair, she was lodging in Congleton and earing a living singing ballards in public houses. She told the people where she was loding that she was going away but she would return before the fair.

Samuel Thorley was a Butcher's assistant and part time cattle slaughter and grave digger.

The two met in Astbury village on a wednesday afternoon, two days before the fair. For whatever reason, Mary agreed to go with Samuel to Priesty Fields. Once there, Samuel killed Mary. He cut up her body and disposed of most of it by nearby Howty Brook.

On Saturday morning, after the fair, Mr Newman Garside, a weaver, and a young boy who was helping him came across a terrible sight. They had taken Mr Garside's cows down to Priesty Fields to graze and they saw a cloak on the ground on the other side of the brook. When they went for a closer look, they had noticed that this cloak had blood on. The Police had been called and a search had started. This was when poor Mary's body was found in several pieces.

Samuel fell immediately into suspicion, he was arrested for Mary's murder and taken to Chester. He was found guilty and sentenced to hang. Such was the outcry in Congleton, that his body was brought back and he was hung at its western boundary line for everyone to see.

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