S4E39 – The Denham Tracts

The Denham Tracts

The Denham Tracts might sound like the pamphlets of choice for James “Double Denim” Shakeshaft. In fact, they were the work of a County Durham folklorist with an ear for proverbs and an eye for the weird.

Does King Arthur sleep beneath the Castle of the Seven Shields? Do Hedgehogs engage in nocturnal milk-larceny? And if you live anywhere near Leeds, are you prepared for the Puddening?

These questions – and more – will be answered, as the Lorebois leaf through the Denham Tracts, looking for words that sound a bit rude. This episode is a ‘ganger’, like Willy Pigg’s d*** a**.

After all, “It’s a hobbly road, as the man said when he fell over a cow.”


The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.

Featured image from The Denham Tracts, 1895.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.




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