A tale set in the old North Riding of Yorkshire, in a legendary sunken village known as Simmerdale, is that of the Simmerdale witch. Many years ago a witch is said to have visited this village, which had a church at one end and the house of a Quaker woman at the other. The witch travelled from door to door asking for food and drink, but at each and every house was refused and turned away. She eventually arrived at the house of the Quaker woman, where she was generously treated to meat,
bread and beer. She had finished her meal while seated at the front step, then raised a twig of ash (presumably a magic wand) in the direction of the rest of the village, and chante<:br>
'Simmerdale, Simmerdale, Simmerdale sink, Save the house of the woman who gave me to drink!' whereupon the water level in the valley rose to monstrous proportions and swallowed every building except for the house of the Quaker woman. Villagers earlier on this century were convinced that, if they stared hard enough into Simmer Water, they could still see the ruins of the village and the church. Lady of Galmis | Witchcraft | Abergeldie Castle | Castle | Eliza | Essex | Lafayette Cemetery | Newark | Norton | Pendle | Quarr Abbey | South Yorkshire | Tennessee | The Bull Pub | Two Large Trees | United States | Woodplumpton | Woodplumpton |
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