Page:Folk-lore - A Quarterly Review. Volume 26, 1915.djvu/164

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1 54 Collectanea.

Society's title-page from the first. Among other things, a whole- page plate of weathercock designs in the volume of Folk-Lore for 1901 is from his pencil, and he also drew the illustrations for the Report of the Folklore Congress of 1891.


Bedfordshire, see below, Oxfordshire, the Icknield Way.

Berkshire. — On the edge of the Ridge Way, near West Ilsley, is Scutchamfly Barrow. The hill here is called Scotchman's Nob (see account of Grim's Bank, in Oxfordshire), also Scratch my Nob. I was told (June, 1901) that a battle was fought there with the Scotch, and that the barrow was the grave of those slain in the battle. An elderly woman told me that her father used to say that the battle was called the Battle of Anna. About four miles to the north-east, near Upton, is a place called Scotland's Ash.

A great hollow in the downs above Letcome Basset, called the Punch Bowl on the Ordnance Map, is called the Devil's Punch Bowl by the people of the neighbourhood.

In a farm-yard at Letcombe Basset I saw three horseshoes nailed over one door, and a single horseshoe nailed over every other door in the yard. I asked a boy what it meant, and he said he believed it was to bring luck. (June, 1901.)

Buckinghamshire. — At Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, are some banks of earth on which it is said that a castle formerly stood. Many attempts have been made to level these banks, but always without success ; the men engaged on the work have died soon after commencing it, or have been called away to other work, or have been taken ill, or, in some way or other, been prevented from levelling the banks. (August, 1901.)

A solitary barn in a hollow of the hills near Ivinghoe, Bucking- hamshire, is called Waterloo Barn, and is believed by some of the people of the neighbourhood to be the site of the Battle of Waterloo. (February, 191 2.)

[Cf. Oxfordshire, Icknield Way.]

Derbyshire. — In the churchyard at Hatnersage is Little John's grave ; a little stone marks the place of the head, and another little stone marks the place of the feet. A thigh-bone 32 inches long was dug up in the church, "so that proved that he must