Curious England: A Guide. Volume Two. – H.E. Bulstrode

Lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs, this second instalment in the Curious England series introduces the reader to some of the lesser-known folkloric and historical curiosities of rural England, its towns and smaller cities. Once more you will encounter ghost stories; tales of devilry and witchcraft; local takes on national history; characterful carvings in wood and stone; prehistoric monuments and their associated folklore, and a curious tale or two that defy conventional classification.

Its geographical compass is wide but far from comprehensive, with some counties omitted altogether, and others featuring in only the most cursory manner. The focus in this instalment is on the West Country, although a number of midland counties are touched upon, as well as Suffolk; you will also find a few entries on Cumbria which received more comprehensive coverage in the first guide.