Curious Tales from Lincolnshire is filled with hilarious and surprising examples of folklore, eccentrics, historical and literary events, and popular culture from days gone by, all taken from Lincolnshire's tumultuous history.
Here the reader will meet forgers, poets, aristocrats, politicians and some less likely residents of the county, including Spring-Heeled Jack - whose spectral figure reportedly jumped over Newport Arch - and the appearance of an angel in Gainsborough. There has always been much more to Lincolnshire than farm lands and sea-side towns: this is the county that brought us Lord Tennyson (whose brother was treated at an experimental asylum in the area), John Wesley and, in contrast, William Marwood, the notorious hangman; here too were found the Dam Busters, the first tanks and the fishing fleets of Grimsby.
All may be found within the pages of this book, bound to delight residents and visitors alike.
Stephen Wade lives in Scunthorpe. A freelance writer and historian, and formerly a university lecturer in English, he specializes in crime history and military history. He writes regularly on Lincolnshire, contributing features to Lincolnshire Life magazine as well as to family history magazines. He also is involved with running local oral history workshops. His previous books include Lincolnshire Murders.