Here is a fascinating piece of historical, shamanic and spiritual sleuthing by Lorna at the From Peneverdant blog. The church with its gothic revivalism style, and the story in general is like i said, fascinating. I went to Wikipedia and found this link and link and link explaining the complex nature of this English/German saint connected with Walpurgis Nact aka Beltane. Also read the comments by various bloggers and her responses which go even deeper. Enjoy!
I have recently been researching the legend of the black dog of Preston. The process has led me on a journey through the places it is associated with and their history. It has also brought me to consider the meaning and origin of its roles as a harbinger of death and guardian of the town’s gates.
I first came across this tale earlier in the year on a walk with local folklorist Aidan Turner-Bishop, which was organised by UCLan Pagan Society. Aidan told us that a headless black dog haunts the area between Maudlands and Marsh Lane.
These locations seem significant due to their history. Maudlands receives its name from a 12th century leper hospital dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, which was dissolved in 1548 and later replaced by St Walburge’s.
Marsh Lane was the location of a Friary belonging to the Franciscan Order, which…
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