My Sources

For verifying the folklore content of the Legends, I consulted the archives at National Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language at Sheffield University and the Institute of Dialect and Folklife Studies and the Katherine Briggs Collection at Leeds University.

I also extensively searched the Peacock and Rudkin archives at Scunthorpe Museum, the local history section at Scunthorpe Central Library,  the Rex Russell Collection at Grimsby archives and local history and geneaological sources at Lincolnshire Archives and Lincoln Central Library.

I also received help and advice from Lincolnshire folklorists Maureen Sutton, Colin Ella, Brian Dawson and Ruairidh Greig, dialect expert Loretta Rivett, Redbourne Census expert Anne-Marie Taylor, Local Historian Rex Russell, and Librarian Tim Davies of Scunthorpe Library.

I am grateful also for the help and positive support of storytellers Del Reid, Simon Heywood, Helen Frances, Graham Langley, Alan Woollard, Polly Howat, Hugh Lupton and Malcolm Busby.

I gained benefit from the printed work of Daniel Codd and of the county folklorists of the past, namely Ethel Rudkin, Mabel and Edward Peacock, Eileen Elder and Eliza Gutch.

For the research on the dialect included within the Legends, I consulted the definitive guides to Lincolnshire dialect words, namely Edward Peacock's Glossary (1889) and the Peacock Lincolnshire Word Books. I have also referred to Brogden (1866), Sutton (1881) Good (originally published 1900 but I used the 3rd edition from 1973) and more recent works including Campion (1976) and Sims-Kimbrey (1996).

The fully searchable online version of Morris' (1892) Yorkshire Folk-Talk also proved useful for the few Yorkshire words that permeated the transcripts. A glossary of some of the main dialect words found within the Legends has been compiled and can be found via this link.

Laurence Anthony's AntConc 3.2.4 programme was used to produce word frequency lists and to display key-word-in-context concordances. The program can be found on this link.