As I regard this website as a perpetual work-in-progress and intend it to be a comprehensive resource for folklore connected with the Lower Calder Valley, I welcome any contributions you might be able to make, from personal experiences to newspaper cuttings or other references I might have overlooked.
I would also be interested in hearing from anybody who was involved in the original cases I have described to learn how they feel about the events now, or anybody who currently occupies any of the buildings mentioned to discover if the associated tradition persists.
I cannot promise to include such information on the website – that decision will depend upon the substance of each individual story – but I am nevertheless interested in hearing any story you think might be relevant.
I should clarify that I am not a paranormal investigator. I do not make any claims regarding the existence or otherwise of supernatural phenomena. I seek merely to collect and record examples of folk belief in my local area.
If you think you have any information that might intrigue me, you can either enter it in the comment box on this page below or in the comment boxes below the entry for the site to which your story is connected. Alternatively, you can email me privately at moths.galore(NO SPAM)@gmail.com (remove the brackets and “NO SPAM” clause first).
A list of topics in which I am particularly interested:
- Any information pertaining to a human skull discovered during renovations at Sowood House on Denholme Gate Road in Coley in the late 1960s.
- Any personal experiences related to Robin Hood’s Grave and Kirklees Park.
- Any information regarding the history of Ellen Royde and the Boggart Chair.
- I have seen passing references to hauntings at The Black Swan pub in Brighouse, Highley Hall at Clifton and The Manor House pub at Southowram. If you have any information regarding ghosts at these locations or ideally, if you could direct me to the newspaper articles in which they’re mentioned, I would be very grateful.