History of the Village of Stoney Middleton

By Thomas E. Cowen (1910)

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2003

History of the Village of Stoney MiddletonTHE LOVER'S LEAP

THE LOVER''S LEAP

Immediately on entering the Dale from the village on the right is a perpendicular rock, the “Lovers' Leap”. From the summit of this precipice, about the year 1760 a love-stricken maiden, named Hannah Baddeley threw herself into the chasm below, but sustained little injury. Her face was slightly disfigrred and her body bruised by the brambles and rocky projections that interrupted her fall, but she was able to get home with little assistance. Her bonnet and 'kerchief were left on the top of the rock, and some fragments of her torn garments marked the course of her descent. Her miraculous escape made an impression on her mind. Her fit of love subsided, and she died unmarried. The young man, whose heartlessness was the cause of this suicidal attempt, was William Barnsley. Hannah Baddeley, daughter of William and Joan Baddeley, baptized Feb. 22nd, 1738, buried Dec. 12th, 1764. - Parish Register, Stoney Middleton.

End of Chapter XII: => THE CAEL'S WARK OR GAEL'S WARK CAVERN

OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in February 2003.

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