Welcome to our website celebrating the release of our book Lancashire Folk Tales. We’ll be using this blog to tell tales of our latest outings, events, and maybe a couple of stray tales that didn’t quite make it into the book (I blame the Rodney Street gambler).
Jennie & David
MABEL CECILIA ATWOOD & THE TALES OF BEWSEY HALL
Mabel Cecilia Atwood
The Legend of Bewsey Hall tells of the murder in 1463 of Sir John BotelerÂ of Bewsey Hall by the son of Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, who inÂ 1485 at Bosworth Field had placed the English crown upon the head ofÂ the victorious Henry Tudor.
Having written the tale based on the Frank Hird and John Roby accounts,Â we realised that at the time of the murder Thomas Stanleyâ€™s son wouldÂ have been an infant, and the real murderer was Thomas Stanley himself,Â twenty two years before Bosworth won him an Earldom. Moreover, weÂ then discovered that Sir John Botelerâ€™s widowed wife was in fact ThomasÂ Stanleyâ€™s own sister.
So, the story was even murkier than Hird and Roby had recorded, and here was another taleÂ demanding to be told. We traced the descendents of John and Margaret Boteler on a genealogyÂ website, starting from the Sir John Boteler page , until weÂ discovered this delightful photograph of Mabel Cecilia Atwood, 1879-1962, and we just had to have her in the book.
In about 1900, when we set the telling of the Tales of Bewsey Hall, Mabel Cecilia Atwood was aÂ young woman of twenty one years living in Lancaster County, Nebraska. So, we brought her overÂ to visit her ancestors and invited her to tell the murky tale in the chancel of St Elphinâ€™s churchÂ Warrington, by the tomb of her forebears John and Margaret Boteler.
We want you to see Mabelâ€™s photograph, and as it wasnâ€™t possible to include it in the book, her itÂ is instead. We invite you to explore her genealogy for yourself.