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The Gateway Walk

A handy pocket book guide covering 1000 years of Skipton history. Equally informative whether using the book as you walk in Skipton, or sitting at home in front of a cosy fire. Crammed with stories of the Great Dynasty of the Cliffords of Skipton Castle, and life in the town throughout the centuries. It also features odd characters such as Seequaw the Indian Tooth-puller; crime and punishment in the Sixteen and Seventeen Hundreds; the influence on the town in the 15th Century by Richard III, Lord of the Honour of Skipton, and later, in the 16th Century, Henry VIII, (who willed that the Crown of England might be set on the head of a Skipton boy). The book also tells the story of the beautiful church of Holy Trinity - and includes some very strange events! Finally there is Skipton’s very own American Pioneer Thomas Cresap - who opened the West long before Davy Crockett!

This Frightful Town

Continues the theme of The Gateway Walk being cram-packed with stories and traditions of old Skipton, though for this book, the author has delved into the darker side of the town by studying tales and legends of ghosts, witches, talking horses, phantom dogs and a cornucopia of unnatural events. Read about the night the whole town rioted; follow a procession of murderous vicars (!) as they fought it out for the Headship of Ermysted’s Grammar School; peep into the lives of some of Skipton’s most colourful characters, including “Piggy Sam” and “Juicy” Haworth. Visit the low-life of Union Square and contrast it with that of the Alcocks of Aireville - (who might have suffered a fate worse than death on being visited by the legendary  “termagant” Nancy Nicholson.) Finally, take a midnight stroll down Sheep Street, as the author introduces you to the now-celebrated “Ghosts of Sheep Street” - the most haunted thoroughfare in Yorkshire!

The Dark Side of Town

…The biggest ever ‘punch up’ to take place in Skipton happened on the night of August 16th 1842, when over three thousand got stuck in - what single event could cause such upheaval that it became necessary for local magistrates to send for mounted horse soldiers from Burnley…? So begins the author’s third delve into Skipton’s turbulent history. The Dark Side of Town continues where This Frightful Town left off, though this time the reader shares his journey through time with  murderers, cut-throats and some very contemporary ghosts (real and not-so-real!). This book gives the reader the chance to rummage among murder-sites and tombstones, seeking clues to events long forgotten; laugh at another rich array of comical and colourful characters such as “Old Cock-Up” and poor “Mary Ann”; scrutinise the evidence concerning the latest odd happenings at Holy Trinity Church. And for a “little light relief” the author throws in a number of embarrassing anecdotes of his own.

A Skipton Anthology  

The definitive guide to Skipton’s unique history; A Skipton Anthology brings under one roof, and up to date, all three of Malcolm Hanson’s previous books while adding many new stories and quirky facts about the popular northern town known as the Gateway to the Dales. Read about yet another ‘mad vicar’ of Skipton, the Reverend Edwin Guy, who for years plagued the Lord of the Manor Tempest family of Broughton; the glass-coffined boy of Christ Church – the only long-term ‘resident’ of the crypt and the real and chilling story of the ‘Thing at the Police Club’ – a terrifying being that chases the staff around when off their guard… There are new stories of the ghosts of Sheep Street ; new sightings of moving objects in shops, and a haunting at the railway station. Add to that murderers at the Auction Market; lawbreakers in the High Street; giant lions in Caroline Square; unholy clerics at Ermysted’s and deranged knights at Skipton Castle and you have – as the book’s cover trumpets - …a veritable cornucopia of stories of what was once the strangest town in Christendom…

Keighley's Darkest Secrets  

The most amazing (and certainly the strangest) book ever written on the history of an ordinary northern mill town – or is it just a mill town? As usual, Malcolm Hanson draws back the veil to reveal dark and deadly secrets of a town that has seemingly chosen to bury its past beneath its mundane backstreets. Here be murders most vile; sickening tales of the dark side of man’s nature – as graphically told in the stories of the murders of poor Mary McGowan behind the Lord Rodney pub, and money lender Oliver Preston – bludgeoned to death in his office by the railway station. Here are tragic ghosts that haunt dark corners of graveyards and strange buildings that harken back to the days of ignorance and superstition. As the back cover reports: … a graveyard ghost at St Andrew’s; shocking murder by the Rodney; a tsunami at Ponden; disaster at Mill Hill; a notorious wife taming cradle at the Royal Oak; Blue, white and red ladies at East Riddlesden; monuments that scream; fist-fighting politicians; strange burials; fantastic mansions and a ‘Mount Everest’ of haunted mills… You think you know Keighley? Think again…

Do-It-Yourself Valletta Ghost Walk.

The definitive ghost guide to Malta 's capital city - Valletta . This is an absolute must! Written for the do-it-yourself enthusiast (and because THIS resident ghost walker can only be there in person three months of the year!), this book takes the reader into the darkest alleys and back streets of the ancient city of Valletta, where, if you dare follow the-easy-to-read trail, you will visit sites where grey and black ladies are said to walk; where phantom priests take early morning Mass; where the souls of the long-dead Great Siege warriors still shriek out - 400 years after having their heads hacked from their living bodies; where evil monks continue to stalk long-abandoned corridors below the Law Courts, and finally - if you really REALLY dare - stand on the very steps were the notorious Vampire of Valletta was last seen! This book is now published by Agius & Agius and is available at many Maltese book shops.

10 Brilliant Schools Heritage Trails.

Ten of the best Heritage Walks - created as history projects for local schools. This book's 100 pages is crammed full of places to visit in and around Keighley. You simply study the details of  the particular walk you wish to do, turn up at the start point, and off you go! There are a thousand things to see on these walks, and each and every one of them is fascinating. The book also includes aspects from "Keighley's Darkest Secrets" so expect the odd ghost! Simple to read - as someone said: "It's like chatting with someone over a pint" - and fun for all the family! So get mum and dad, grandpa and grandma and all the kids; pack a picnic box and off you go!

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Books by Malcolm Hanson - The Gateway Walk

The Gateway Walk

 

 

Books by Malcolm Hanson - This Frightful Town

This Frightful Town

 

Books by Malcolm Hanson - The Dark Side of Town

The Dark Side of Town

 

 

A Skipton Anthology

 

 

Keighley's Darkest Secrets

 

 

DIY Valletta Ghost Walk.

 

10 Brilliant Schools Heritage Trails

 

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