Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 15th September, 2016)
Wigan Parish Church
Photo: David (Canon PowerShot SX240 HS)
Has Sir William got his feet on a hot water dog shaped bottle
Sir William looks very relaxed with legs crossed. I notice Lady Mabel's mouth is covered ......could this be a sign of submission to her husband?
Looks to me as though he's just about to push the cat off the end of the bed Mick.
I think the position is a symbolic one to indicate a Crusader who returned and died peacefully in his own bed.
It's Lady Mabel who needs to rest her feet, having been made to walk barefoot through the Plantations!
Relaxed,Is this the original "Silent Knight"??
It looks to me as if Lady Mabel is still doing her penance! With her prayerful repose and what looks to me a nun's habit that she is wearing. I don't suppose her lord and master ever really forgave her for marrying another man whilst he was away fighting!
Sir William looks as if he is saying " Al tell thi what, that's last time I nip out tert Crusades fer o day er two. 'Ave no sooner turned mi back thun tha traipsin' up th'aisle wi o Welshmon. A con see am gooin' t'at stop o wom un keep in eye on thee"
Poor Lady Mabel,how long was he away..ten years,no wonder she thought he was dead.
Maureen she needed somebody to run her about on their horse ..... Who can blame her??? All that way from M&S up Wigan Lane and down into the plantations back home with all her shopping!,
Anyway I doesn't really matter now does it ? It's all water under the bridge. The poor lad's been dead for over 500 years now........ His mother only reported him missing last week incidentally.
The 1338 date I put on the description is wrong. That was actually the date that Lady Mabel founded the Chantry in Wigan Parish Church.
There is an excellent article on Wigan Archaeological Society's site called "MAB’S CROSS” - LEGEND AND REALITY.
I remember in the 80's a neighbour of ours use to walk his dog every day going the same route. it was about 5.30-6.00am near the bridge at tesco that a woman walked towards him. he said "morning" to her but she ignorned him. His dog started to bark at her and when he turned round the woman had gone within a second. he noticed the woman was also walking bare feet. True story
I love ghost stories like that Cullie and Den your post was brilliant!
Vb ,it was probably a posh scols bridle she had on her mouth ha,ha
There is a story on WW somewhere about early last century when there lots of small pits around the area, and one man was so shocked by a sighting of what he thought was Lady Mabel that they wouldn't let him go down into the pit that night.
I must try to find it Irene!
Vb, go to Wigan World Album, then "Places", then scroll down to Haigh, (Not Haigh Hall). First page, picture number 11, Dairy Pit. Irene . x.
PS, Sorry, Vb, the memory plays tricks......it IS a photo on the page I said, but NOT photo number 11.....it is a photo with 11 comments on the bottom row, but I remembered rightly that it was Dairy Pit, but the sighting of the ghost was in the 1960s. Still fascinating, Vb!
Found it Irene thanks. Wonder if anybody else has seen her ........!
I wouldn't be at all surprised; I just think you have to be there at the right time and in the right conditions.