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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A mystery white cat in Lincolnshire

Hi dudes,

I recently bought a book from the Oxfam Online Shop titled Lincolnshire Folklore by Ethel H.Rudkin , ( 1936) which is packed full of folklore curiosities, including many animal references. One which caught my beady eye was the Commonpiece cat, at Gunthorpe, Lincolnshire (on pages 30 -31). 

"Some three hundred yards from the hamlet of Gunthorpe, on the Trentside road leading to West Stockwith, is an opening in the bank, the end of a lane,known as Commonpiece Lane. This spot iss aid to be haunted by a species of white cat;and those who have seen it say it is of abnormal size. This apparition was quite common forty or fifty years ago. ( i.e  c. 1880s).  I remember when I was a boy returning from Stockwith one Sunday evening in late September, and being overtaken by Mr Joe Jenkins, a local Wesleyan preacher...he asked me if the cat had been seen lately? or if I had seen it.I had not, but asked him, "Have you sen it, Mr Jenkins?" and he replied, "Scores of times!" it always crosses the road from the river and runs through the opening in the bank; it is white, and nearly as large as a pig." (The story then goes on to describe how a man was walking down the same road on a snowy night when he saw the cat and aimed a kick at it, whereupon it vanished. He returned the next morning and saw his own footprints but not the spoor of the cat!)

"It is known that human bones lie buried beneath the bank just here, for about seventy years ago some farm-labourers unearthed a skeleton whilst earthing up a pie of potatoes (sic). The bones were reburied. Nothing is known as to the identity of this skeleton, whether it is the body of some person who had met with foul play  , or someone who had been found drowned, and the body buried near the place where the body was discovered - a common practice years ago. ( Per C.K.S. Gunthorpe.)

Source: Lincolnshire Folklore   Ethel H.Rudkin    Gainsborough Beltons, Church St  1936

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