Older patterns of popular belief in the Midlands

“The persistence of older patterns of popular belief was much stronger than is commonly allowed [from the 1860s to the 1960s]. Reporting from a late vantage, Hoggart noted how his grandparents, moving into Leeds in the 1870s, brought with them and long retained the remedies, sayings and ‘superstitions’ of a rural life. Later still J. Seabrook [the sociologist Jeremy Seabrook] records the memories and beliefs brought by his country kin into the industrial settlements of the Midlands and long surviving there”
— Jason Marc Harris. Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction. Ashgate, 2008. (quote is actually Footnote 47, which is from the following source: Joyce, Patrick. Visions of the People: Industrial England and the Question of Class 1848–1914. Cambridge University Press, 1991.)


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